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A careers fair at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School was staffed entirely by alumni of the Dover school

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School’s careers fair was held recently in the newly refurbished Nye Hall performing arts centre, giving year 10-13 pupils the opportunity to talk to former students about career and higher education choices and how to write job applications. Hands-on exhibits included physio anatomic models and exercises; how to use a cuffed endotracheal tube used in tracheal intubation; and how to take a person’s blood pressure. Technical activities included programming a model aircraft, analysing aircraft engine diagrams and finding out about WW2 military intelligence techniques – some still in use today. Subjects covered included healthcare, engineering, professional services, military, environmental management and design.

Kirk Hirons, from GE Aviation, said: “It has been really rewarding to come back to DOYRMS and offer Dukies work experience opportunities. We are building a number of links between GE Aviation and the school, giving support to academic staff as well as students.”

Youngest exhibitor Hugo Catmur, now pursuing a career in aerospace, returned from Bristol University after having left the school in 2013, while the oldest, human resources expert Geoff Ralph, left in 1965.

Alumnus Gary Maile, now in the auto industry, said: “After the 37 years between leaving school and going back, there have been some changes, but hearing that clock tower chime at 9am ripped those years away and it was like I’d never been anywhere else.”

Chris Russell, the school’s executive principal, said: “We are very grateful to our former pupils for giving their time to pass on their knowledge and experience to their successors. This event has created many useful and fruitful links between the school and the world of work.”



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