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Barnsley College Utilities students heard from various guest speakers as part of Utilities Industry Week.

The interviews allowed students to explore potential careers in the sector, while developing the skills they need for higher education or employment.

The main activity of the week was an engaging interactive session with Zakon Business and Training Consultancy, which saw students examine a crime scene and investigate a murder based on a real case before presenting the evidence in a mock trial .

Simon Smith, director of Zakon’s business and training consultancy and former police detective, said:

“We were delighted to attend Barnsley College and host our criminology workshop based on a real murder which the students were tasked with investigating. They performed brilliantly and not only had a taste for applying their studies in a real situation but also opened my eyes to a plethora of career opportunities in law, investigation and forensics It was an absolute pleasure to come to Barnsley and I hope a of our detectives will return next year to this wonderful college.

Students also heard from Beth Kitchen, an experienced aerospace engineering officer in the Navy who shared her experience visiting over 70 countries, working on naval vessels, ensuring helicopters are safe to fly, Harrier fighter jets and spending two years in America with the United States Marine Corps.

Sergeant Jay McIlroy, a representative of the RAF Motivational Outreach team, shared with the students the various career paths available within the RAF, the strict code of conduct they must adhere to, the recruitment process and training, and what he does day-to-day.

Sam Rose and Ryan Gailey, Probation Officers at the National Probation Service, led an informative workshop on probation services, roles, careers, salaries, progression and the application process.

Students also heard from Dr. Anna Machin, consultant forensic psychiatrist, who spoke about her career in the assessment and treatment of mentally ill offenders. Much of the work she does is in the community and the people she works with are usually ex-offenders from all walks of life.

Throughout the week, students also attended career-inspired sessions designed to showcase the wide range of job prospects available in the industry with guest speakers including Rachel Neale, CVS Volunteering; Anna Kirkin, firefighter; and Ann Harhoff of South Yorkshire Police Careers.

The sessions were hosted by Julia Davies, Talent United and Enterprise Officer at Barnsley College. Julia commented:

“We had a busy week with lots of inspiring guests. We enjoyed hosting guest speakers from across the UK, giving students a real insight into a variety of careers in the industry.

“The College continues to transform lives and help students realize their full potential by providing an exceptional experience and I want to thank all of the guest speakers for taking the time to speak to our students, I have already looking forward to the next event of the year.

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