Teacher of the Week : Public Services
Ashley Power: Teacher in Public Services
What did you do before you taught at WCC?
I joined the British Army in 2003. I served for five and half years up until 2008 when I left to pursue a career in education. During my time in the British Army I went on two operational tours of Iraq in 2005 and 2007 where I under took the role of a Combat Medical Technician. On leaving the Army in 2008, I attending University of Central Lancashire and completed a BA (Hons) in Sports Coaching. Whilst studying at university I joined the Army Reserves as a Royal Engineers and began working as a fitness instructor with British Military Fitness.
What made you become interested in Public Services?
I have always been interested in public service i.e. serving the public which in my opinion must be the foundation of all individuals wishing to join the Police, Army, Navy, Prison, Councils etc. My interest in the Army specifically happened when I came home from school aged 15 and saw the footage from 9/11 and thought ‘I would like to be part of the solution to this problem.’ This thought has stuck with me throughout my tours of Iraq, teaching and most recently my Masters in Psychology were my plan is to research radicalisation and terrorist behaviours.
How did you end up teaching at WCC?
After I finished university I was looking for a position in education and saw a post as a Student Adviser at WCC. I put in an application and luckily was successful in gaining the position. After a few months, the Programme Leader in Public Services asked me to do a little teaching on the programme with those students wishing to join the Army. Now I am a full time Teacher, Course Leader for Level 2, Programme Leader for HND and Senior Personal Tutor.
Why would you recommend the Public Services course?
I would recommend the Public Services programme to anyone that wants a career within the Public Services. The course content, trips, visits and opportunities for engagement with the different public services are second to none. If I had my time again before I joined the Armed Forces I would have done a Public Services course. We have excellent link to Public Services from soldiers to airmen to politicians to dog handlers. We use all these links to create a programme that gives students an incredible insight and specific opportunities with individual Public Services. We also have an excellent progression to employment in the Public Services and Higher Education courses.
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