A former Uniformed Public Services learner is currently undertaking training with the Royal Marines after finding out about the course why he was still in Primary School.
Sam Benterman-Snell, 19, originally found out about the UPS course at the Grimsby Institute when he was a pupil at Ormiston South Parade Academy, formerly South Parade Primary School, and he quickly decided it was the career choice for him.
Sam was one of the pupils lucky enough to go on the annual trip to the Lake District with the school, on an excursion that has been supported by the Institute for the past eight years, who provide staff and transport.
Always knowing he wanted to go into the Marines, Sam applied to the Marines as soon as he was 16 only to be told, due to medical conditions, he would have to wait a year to join up.
Sam explained: “I wanted to do something that would stand me in good stead for the Marines whilst gaining qualifications at the same time.
“The wealth of experience the tutors have has helped me so much. The things they teach you mean that you go into your service better prepared for the task.
“The tutors were great at teaching us skills we would need for our future careers. As I am going through training now there are loads of skills I already have, like navigation, that makes training so much easier.”
Sam enjoyed outdoor activities and was often rewarded as ‘Top Student’ on trips and visits to the Marines, spurring him on even more for his future career. Sam even returned to the same youth hostel in the Lakes, that he had originally visited when at Primary School, as a volunteer through the National Citizen Service in 2014.
Sam continued: “The practical skills such as map reading and fitness can only prepare you so much, but your mental state of mind is also improved and you become more mature and aware.
“The Learning Centre at the Institute was also a great help with the academic side and doing assignments, but the best facility was the Sports Centre and Gym, being fit is vital in the services so getting fit was always important on the course.”
For more information about courses Uniformed Public Services at the Grimsby Institute visit www.grimsby.ac.uk or call 0800 315 002