Public Services students visit Houses of Parliament

Feb 05, 2019

Public Services students visit Houses of Parliament

Uniformed Public Services students visited Parliament on Wednesday (January 30) to learn about democratic processes.

The group of 29 first-year Level 3 students saw Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, watched a debate in the House of Lords, took part in a workshop and debated crime and punishment.

They spotted politicians including Theresa May, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, backbench MP Boris Johnson, and Baroness Karren Brady CBE.

The students also met Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom and Ewell and Secretary of State for Transport, and asked him questions about public transport in London, as well as Brexit.

“Trips like this are really important for the students, because it helps put what they study at college into context,” said Matt Lavallin, Head of Sport and Uniformed Public Services.

“They had the opportunity to see how laws are made and debated, which is invaluable for students who are aiming to become police officers or to work in the justice systems.

“All our students enjoyed seeing parliament and British democracy first hand, and it will inform their opinion ahead of them being able to vote in their first local and general elections.”

Nescot offers courses in Uniformed Public Services at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Students learn skills ranging from land navigation and water sports to first aid, as well as topics including law and order.

The qualifications prepare students for careers in outdoor activities or to apply to join the Armed Forces or to become a firefighter or police officer, while others go to university.

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