College students come to the rescue

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FACING a number of forthcoming inspections – and with squadron premises looking a bit worn – painting and decorating students from Borders College joined with 2180 (Galashiels) Squadron Air Cadets to provide a solution.

Members of the squadron’s welfare committee had heard that the college sometimes looks for work in the community in order to give students practical experience of a real working environment. The squadron has charitable status and the college agreed to include it in community-based practical work, if the squadron paid for the materials used.

A college spokesman said: “The value to the students in undertaking real work as opposed to painting a training wall at the college is immense.

“The project will be marked and contribute to students’ portfolio of work.”

A squadron representative said: “A number of our cadets, past and present, have attended the college and we have one former cadet who is in Afghanistan at the moment, having attended Borders College and the Preparation for the Uniformed Services Course.”