Bridgwater College students studying the Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Education and Leadership cohort spent a day at Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre to reinforce their career aspirations and give them an opportunity to meet with yet another type of provider within the outdoor industry and show case the breath of local employment opportunities in Somerset.
Mill on the Brue is a ‘not for profit organisation’ whose emphasis is on educational values such as the environment, organic food, personal and social development of individuals through the medium of outdoor learning. They are striving to be the best outdoor education centre in the UK via the breadth of activities they provide, educating clients about sustainable living, their garden to table catering project and other innovative initiatives.
The students were welcomed with a presentation from Director Tricia Rawlingson-Plant who discussed the centre's aims, ethos and history. Head of Operations, Chloe Harman lead the group through a tour of the centre enabling students to witness the organic gardens used to feed and educate the children coming through their doors, as well as the many team building activities on-site. The group also had a go on the 250m ‘Zuper’ zip wire and were shown how to set up the equipment and having a go for themselves.
The students enjoyed a really productive day, impressing the centre staff. Kingston Gill, aged 19 from Langport said, “It was fascinating to hear from the Director about how the centre had developed.” Kelly Vincent, aged 18 from Wells said, “It was truly an inspiration to be given the responsibility to set up the equipment and understand the operating procedures of such a successful centre.”
Chloe Harman, Head of Operations, summed up the day,
“We are always striving to find individuals who are keen to learn and not afraid to ask questions which will stand them in good stead when looking for employment opportunities in the future.”