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Paramedic inspires Public Services students

Paramedic inspires Public Services students

Students from the BTEC Level 3 Public Services course had an inspiring visit from Blackpool’s only motorbike-based paramedic, James Gorrie.

James, himself a former Blackpool Sixth student, spent a morning at the college, talking to the students about life as a paramedic. His talk included his experiences in dealing with a wide variety of emergencies, including this year’s terrorist attack in Manchester. He also helped out our second years with an assignment on responding to emergency incidents.

James was clearly impressed by the students and the way in which they engaged with what he had to say, “They are all really good students – a mature bunch who are genuinely interested in what they are studying.”

He also praised the public services course at Blackpool Sixth, “It’s structured really well with lots of ‘live learning’ and the opportunity to learn from professionals.”

Blackpool Sixth Public Services student, Shannon Mein said, “I found James to be very inspirational in what he was saying, and he has certainly made me think about my career choice going forward. I really like the idea of helping people who really need it, and the way James explained what they did made it sound like something I really want to do.”

BTEC Public Services teacher, Paul Moran commented, “Having James come in to college to work with our learners was fantastic and very insightful about what life is really like for a paramedic. James built a fantastic rapport with the students and they found the talk very inspiring and informative.”