Hugh Baird College have become one of only approximately fifty schools and colleges in the UK to be awarded Platinum Partner status by the Royal Air Force (RAF).
On Friday 22nd April 2016, Flight Lieutenant Ed Stephens visited the college to present the prestigious award to College Principal Yana Williams and staff from the Public Service department.
The award was given to Hugh Baird College in recognition of their public services courses and the high number of students who successfully progress to join the RAF thanks to the effective partnership links they have already forged.
As a Platinum Partners, Hugh Baird College Public Services students will be first in line to benefit from new initiatives provided by the RAF recruitment team. These include activities and trips for students to take part in, access to guest speaker talks from members of the RAF who will share with learners their experiences; will provide tips on the recruitment process and will answer questions on life in the RAF. The platinum partnership also gives Hugh Baird College students the opportunity to undertake outdoor team building activities and priority access to the RAF Outreach Centre in Aintree which is home to flight simulators, assault courses and a number of other related activities.
Matt Rogers, Hugh Baird College Assistant Director, said:
“We are really proud to have been named a RAF Platinum Partner and we are immensely proud of the students who have gone on to enjoy successful careers with them. Becoming a Platinum Partner with the RAF further demonstrates the college’s commitment to ensuring our students have the best to access experiences that help develop their personal and employability skills in order to ensure they are ready for the world of work when they leave us.”
Brendan Kearney, a Public Services BTEC Extended Diploma student at Hugh Baird College, said:
“The opportunities I’ve had at Hugh Baird College thanks to the partnership they have with the RAF already have been amazing. We’ve had a week away at a RAF camp to really see what life is like it as a member and I’ve been able to use these experiences outside of college too. I am applying for the RAF to be an Airman and have already been training hard for the selection process. Thanks to the links the College has with the RAF and the support my tutor has shown me, I feel fully prepared for the next stage of my journey.”
Flight Lieutenant Ed Stephens added:
“It was a real pleasure to be able to award the college with the plaque. The Royal Air Force already have a good relationship with Hugh Baird College but I see this as a way of both recognising this and to strengthen the existing partnership.”