STUDENTS learnt about life in the Armed Services at a recruitment event held at Bishop Auckland College.

The day, organised by the Armed Forces Careers Office in Middlesbrough, saw various service personnel give information and demonstrations.

They included the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Corps of Signals, Army Medical Services, Royal Logistics Army Catering, Army Air Corps, Royal Engineers, Veterinary Corps, Royal Artillery and Royal Armoured Corps.

Students enjoyed activities including encoding and decoding exercises and handling a 105mm Light Gun, full size High Velocity Missile Model and an Artillery Nerf range. They also got to climb aboard an Army helicopter, see inside a fully working Army field kitchen to learn about life as a military chef and tackle a climbing wall.

Paula Taylor, head of school for public services, health and social care, childcare and access to HE, said: “Our students have had a great time experiencing the Armed Services activities, including many learners on other vocational programmes whose participation created a brilliant buzz on the field."

She thanked service personnel and college staff for staging the event.