Public Services students to launch careers across the globe

18th May 2021

Public Services students from Stratford-upon-Avon College are set for new horizons both at home and abroad on completion of their course.

Elliot Parry and Ben Proctor, both 18, have been busy coaching one another and preparing for their final assessments before they set off to pastures new, parting ways by over 11,000 miles.

Students looking at each other with arms crossed on shoulder
Elliot Parry (left) and Ben Proctor (right) will soon be completing their journey at the College and embarking on the beginning of their careers

Whilst Ben, who has always dreamed of either joining the Army or the Police Force, will be beginning his 3-year apprenticeship with West Midlands Police, Elliot will be packing his bags to start his new journey as a Sea Kayak Instructor in New Zealand.

Explaining his decision to study at Stratford-upon-Avon College, Elliot says: “I chose to come here because I wanted to find a place that was more practical. This was the best choice! I was home-schooled and had an active upbringing, so it was important for me not to end up in a classroom environment.”

Ben is set to begin his career at West Midlands Police whilst Elliot will start his new role as a Sea Kayak Instructor in New Zealand

Outside of College, Elliot is also a Watersports Coach and is a Level 1 qualified Paddlesport Instructor. These pursuits ultimately inspired him to explore opportunities abroad. He remarks: “This course has put me in good stead. In the future I intend to work in either the Royal Marines or the Fire Service. My lecturers, Kim Jones and Oli Wilkins, have guided me a lot as their military background lends us all a lot of invaluable expertise and advice.”

Similarly benefitting from the course and his tutors’ experience, Ben comments: “The course is very practical, and we were able to take part in exciting excursions such as scaling Tryfan, a mountain in Snowdonia. The nature of the course sets a sense of kinship with your classmates, which is found in the forces, whereby we all have such a close bond with each other and that has pushed me to strive for the best.”

The College wishes Ben and Elliot the best of luck as they pursue their dream careers.

Find out more about the College’s Public Services courses: Public Services courses