Jacob's flying high after landing RAF scholarship
EXETER sixth former Jacob Barratt is on target for a high-flying career after winning a prestigious RAF scholarship and completing a testing adventure training course.
Jacob, 17, a pupil at Bramdean School, is one of 25 youngsters from across the UK who will get a £1,000 bursary for academic development and the opportunity to learn about what it means to serve in today's Royal Air Force.
The top student, who is aiming to be an aeronautical officer in the RAF, was put through his paces at Bramley Lakes Adventure Training Centre, near Norwich.
After successfully completing the course, part of the RAF's Scholars Award, Jacob said: "I learnt a great deal about the importance of working as part of a team.
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"It has definitely improved my leadership qualities and taught me how important it is to work as part of a team."
The high achiever, from Tedburn St Mary, is no stranger to success. He and fellow team mates recently competed in the gruelling Ten Tors walk on Dartmoor and set the fastest time ever over a 35-mile route.
Jacob said: "I always push myself to the limit to get the best out of myself. Now I've set my sights on being an engineer in the RAF and I am determined to succeed."
During the week-long course, Jacob took part in climbing, canoeing, abseiling and expedition planning exercises designed to develop teamwork and leadership skills.
Retired Wing Commander Pat Carter, who set up and helps run the courses at the training centre, said: "We get the very best youngsters here, and we encourage them to identify not only their strengths but also their weaknesses.
"They have been selected from hundreds of applicants, so they have already done very well to get this far. This course has been designed to take them further still so that they and we can identify their full potential.
"We have the cream of the country's young people coming here, and many of them will go on to have highly satisfying and successful careers in the RAF."
More information about RAF careers can be found at www.raf.mod.uk/careers/