Gainsborough: Students swap classes for hands-on learning during first ever Enrichment Week

Students from Gainsborough, Newark and Lincoln took part in various activities during Enrichment Week, including working with the Army
Students from Gainsborough, Newark and Lincoln took part in various activities during Enrichment Week, including working with the Army

Students from Gainsborough, Lincoln and Newark took a break from their courses this month to take part in a week of activities designed to inspire and motivate them in the first ever Enrichment Week at Gainsborough College.

All normal lessons were suspended for the week for learners on the automotive engineering courses.

Instead, they got to look under the chassis of a Lotus Elise, improve their team building skills and compete against each other in a five-a-side football tournament.

Automotive lecturer and course co-ordinator Kev Gibbon planned the events, along with his colleague Steve Lowe.

Kev explained: “This is the first ever Enrichment Week we’ve organised at Gainsborough College and we were delighted to see how much the students benefited from it.”

“Championship racing driver Rob Boston talked to them about his career and preparing cars for racing and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) put them through their paces by running a series of team building exercises.”

“The week culminated in a tour of Gainsborough Old Hall and a visit to West Lindsey Leisure Centre where they played football, basketball and squash, found out more about nutrition and healthy eating and watched a martial arts demo by the Gorilla Fight Team.”

“Each activity was specially designed to challenge their abilities and preconceived ideas, teach them something new about themselves and give them the inspiration and motivation to succeed now and in the future.”

“We hope they’ll return to their usual classes this week with a renewed sense of purpose and feel excited about what they could achieve in their careers further down the line.”

In his early days Rob Boston was an apprentice mechanic.

He started racing aged 11 and showed great promise even beating Lewis Hamilton during his early go kart racing career!

He now runs Rob Boston Racing in Gainsborough coaching drivers and preparing and testing other team’s race cars.

Following his talk at the college, the students took part in a quiz.

The prizes, donated by A E Cook Ltd, were won by Lloyd Dunwell from Newark College and Jordan Jakes from Gainsborough College.

The team-building exercises, lead by the REME, included constructing a shelter, navigating a maze and erecting the tallest tower using plastic pipes and related to everyday problems they might have to solve if they were a soldier in the army.

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Bryan Walton explained: “Soldiers often have to build shelters or communication towers which involve skills like communication, problem solving and team work which are also important in other jobs and life in general.”

“As well as teaching people new skills these types of exercises also identify who the natural leaders are within a group and give people who are practically minded rather then academic the chance to shine, which is a great confidence booster.”

“People think a career in the army is just about fighting but there’s a lot more to it than that.”

“The Army employs thousands of tradespeople, from aircraft engineers to bricklayers as well as nurses, pharmacists, musicians and more.”

“The Army isn’t for everyone but there are a lot of opportunities to explore.”