Kirklees College students experience trip of a lifetime to Sweden


Students walk alongside and guide a horse through camp site in Sweden

Our Animal Care and Early Years students recently joined forces with students from Askham Bryan College to collaborate on a heart-warming two-week work experience project in Sweden organised by Everything Is Possible and co-funded by Turing Scheme UK.

During this project, our students worked with retired horses, helping with performance training, stage shows, costumes and props, whilst using equine therapy to support children with disabilities to develop their confidence and skills through teamwork-based activities.

Chantelle Mcdade, the Work Experience Coach who accompanied the students to Sweden said:  

“On the trip, I had the privilege of guiding Kirklees College students through an extraordinary work experience. Together, we cared for retired horses and empowered disabled children through the art of vaulting for stage shows.”

“Each task undertaken nurtured more than just skills; it crafted valuable life lessons and instilled unshakeable confidence. Watching these young people from Kirklees College embrace everything thrown at them, learn lifelong skills, and embark on their inaugural journey abroad was a true testament to the transformative power of such opportunities. I was immensely proud to witness their growth.”

The students also collaborated on a video showing what they got up to on the trip and shared their thoughts on the experience, which can be watched on the Kirklees College Facebook page.

All study programme students working at Level 2 or above at Kirklees College have work experience built into their timetable and will get the chance to experience life-changing opportunities such as this. You can also find out more about our Animal Care and Education and Early Years courses.

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