Ministry of Defence training for Oldham College students

Posted on: 22 November 2016

Oldham College business students are to take part in Ministry of Defence International Crisis Scenario sessions. The workshop, based on leadership, teamwork and demonstrating British values will take place on 22 November 2016 in college. Learners will be challenged with role playing scenarios based on real life events and crises faced by Government Ministers both at home and overseas.

The sessions will give learners a unique insight into the work undertaken by a wide variety of Government staff and provide the problem solving skills to deal with crisis situations that are common place in the business world.

The programme is delivered by Andy Gillman MBE, a Defence Civil Servant of nearly 40 years who has been involved in overseas operations and was an MOD liaison officer in No. 10 Downing Street after 9/11. Andy believes the skills demonstrated throughout the session show the building blocks for key employability traits for future careers. “Working within teams, they negotiate a crisis scenario and a simulated cross governmental response to a fast-moving deteriorating situation. The scenario is extremely realistic and many of those taking part bring their own knowledge into their teams.”

Shazia Afzal, Business Enterprise & Career Academies Manager said “Learners play the roles of Prime Minister, Ministers, United Nations and the press. They’re put in the hot seat and have to think on their feet, coming up with creative ways to problem solve. It’s a valuable opportunity for them to see their own strengths, understand the various situations our Government have to deal with and learn where they can improve.”