Students from the South Wiltshire University Technical College (UTC) had the opportunity to train recently with some members of one of the elite amphibious forces in the world.

Royal Marine Commandos from the Royal Navy Visibility Team ran team building and leadership activities in college with students from Year 10, 11 and 12.

Student Jacob Cramp said he really enjoyed the physical activities. “I learnt that sometimes you just have to do something even if you don’t want to do it,” he said.

Year 12 student, Abi Meehan, enjoyed the team building exercises and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that you need to voice your idea, if you have one and to plan things before you start and make sure everyone gets involved to complete the task quicker,” she said.

The Royal Navy is a great supporter of the UTC based on Wilton Road in Salisbury and students regularly get involved with activities on and off site.

“Year 10 and Year 12 students have already had the opportunity to spend a week on HMS Bristol this academic year and will also be taking part in the Royal Navy UTC challenge and the Field Gun competition in the coming months,” said Principal, Joe Mulligan. “We also have an active and thriving Navy Combined Cadet Force within the UTC.”

For students who are thinking of a career in the Royal Navy there was also the chance to find out more. “It was interesting to hear about the different jobs in the Royal Navy, the pay scale and how long the training takes, said Year 10 student, Lauren Edley.