AC Joe is 17 years old and currently studying for his A levels in Maths, Physics, Design Engineering and Electronics. He likes sailing, power-boating, rugby and fishing. Joe might sound like one of your friends from school but he’s not. Joe is a Navy student at one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in the UK – Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College.
Prior to receiving his GCSE results Joseph was offered a conditional place at the co-education full boarding college after passing his AIB (Admiralty Interview Board) at HMS Sultan in July. Following the AIB Joe spent six weeks at the Sea Cadets Training Centre at HMS Caledonia on a trainee instructors’ course where he gained several qualifications including RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Safety Powerboat, VHS Radio and First Aid at Work.
Many youngsters do not know what kind of career they want in later life, but not Joe. He has known for a long time exactly what he wants to be, and his education is providing him with the precise skill set for him to excel in his chosen career.
Joe is set to become a weapon’s engineer in the Royal Navy and is preparing for it by studying at Welbeck. “I am very proud to have been accepted into Welbeck. I decided on Welbeck because I wanted to be in the Navy from a young age and it ticked all the boxes: sport, the military and A-levels. I want to travel around the world, and in the Navy it’s possible,” comments Joe. He has seen a little of the world already with adventurous activities in Austria, yachting holidays in the Mediterranean and a school trip to Iceland are amongst a few that Joe was fortunate to attend.
Joe is planning to become an officer after university and following a year of training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He is sponsored by the Royal Navy and is determined to join them on completion of his training.