Public Services Alumni Return as Paramedic Guest Speakers

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by Jonathan Harper
Public Services Alumni

“Studying at Trafford College has been the ideal steppingstone for University, creating the route to a successful professional career”. That’s the message from former Public Services students Nathan Beal and Dan Cocker, now practising Paramedics with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

Nathan Beal, who studied with the college 19 years ago, served with the Royal Army Medical Corps after leaving Trafford College and has since continued with his medical, career studying Paramedicine with Edge Hill University. Nathan was accompanied by a more recent Trafford alumnus, Dan Cocker, who is currently completing his final placement as a student paramedic with Edge Hill University.

During the visit to our Altrincham campus, the former Level 3 Public Services students emphasised the importance of employability skills, encouraging students to take ownership of the own career by developing their knowledge of the sector and not being afraid to apply for work placements during their studies. Current students were given a fascinating insight into the industry during the guest presentation, followed by a guided tour of the Ambulance and demonstration of the equipment used.

Barry Devin a lecturer from the faculty of Sport & Uniformed Services at the College, said:

“It’s always great to see former students achieving success, so it was a delight that Nathan and Dan were able to share what their roles involve with our current cohort of students. They both benefited from the skills and knowledge they gained during their time at College and I hope their stories will motivate our students and encourage them to work even harder to achieve their own goals.”

Careers after College

At Trafford College we believe that careers come first which is why we work with organisations such as the NHS and British Army. The North West Ambulance Service employ around 6,300 staff in over 300 different roles, to find out where a qualification in Public Services at Trafford can take you visit https://www.nwas.nhs.uk/careers/career-opportunities/ 

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