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Level 3 Military & Emergency Services student gains dream career with Royal Air Force!

Lauren Manning, a former pupil of Culcheth High School and a current Level 3 Military & Emergency Services student at the college, has recently secured an outstanding opportunity to join the Royal Air Force as a Vehicle Mechanical Equipment Technician Apprentice!

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Lauren has always been passionate about working in public services, with a particular interest in the Royal Air Force. Since joining college in September, she and her peers have had the privilege of attending a series of guest talks from various public services, including the Army, Prison Service, Fire Service, Cheshire Police and the RAF. Encouraged and supported by her tutors, Lauren decided to pursue her dream and applied for the Vehicle Mechanical Equipment Technician Apprenticeship.

After undertaking a lengthy application process, Lauren will be packing up and heading to RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire next Monday to start phase one of her basic recruitment training. This training will include a variety of tests, such as fitness tests, soldier and rifle training, and parade training. After 10 weeks, Lauren will move on to phase two of her training at RAF Cosford, where she will undergo a foundation engineering training programme. This programme will equip her with various mechanical engineering skills alongside trainees from other specialisations in the Engineering Profession. Over the next six months, Lauren looks forward to the opportunity to travel, gain independence, and meet many new people.

The Royal Air Force will also offer Lauren the chance to travel internationally to places like Cyprus and the Falklands, working on a variety of vehicles including cars and trucks, and eventually progressing to maintaining planes and helicopters.

Lauren said, “My time at the college has been fantastic. I have learned so much and I’ve had the opportunity to meet various employers. I chose to study at the college because I liked the tutors, facilities, and the practical element. My tutors Tom, Debbie, and Diane have been instrumental to my success —they have supported me from my very first day, and I’m so grateful for everything. I am excited to be starting my dream career. ”

We are so proud of Lauren and wish her the very best of luck in this new chapter of her life. ✨