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FIVE security students in the uniformed services section of the College of West Anglia have just returned from a five-week stay in Finland where they learned about how the Scandinavians operated.

The teenagers, pictured taking some time to relax, spent time in a college, night club and even an oil refinery where they were shown many different practices.

It was funded by the EC, yet another project which has seen students from CWA involved in cross-Europe exchanges.

Among skills the local students were shown were baton training, restraint, Finnish law, shadowing night club security guards, operating CCTV, car and foot patrols and translation.

Earlier this year four students from Finland spent time with the uniformed services department of the College of West Anglia.

Those who visited Finland were: Ben Edwards, 19, from Litcham; Joss Calderbank, 19, St Neots; Artur Milosv, 19, Shouldham; Adrian Sowa, 18, King s Lynn and Karol Kornafel, 17, Lynn.

Ben and Ross wrote their own review. They said: On the April 22 five of us security students headed off from Heathrow airport for our Finland security exchange.

When we arrived in Finland we were all shown around the work placements where would be spending our five weeks.

Karol was the first one to see his work placement this being at Lovisa College. Karol spent his time at the college being trained with batons and learning how to restrain an individual using pain compliant techniques.

He was also shown how to use CCTV operating equipment.

Karol also spent some time in the classroom where he learned about Finnish law and how to conduct a search using metal detectors and X ray machines.

The second workplace was a music venue called Nosturi.

The music played varied from pop music to rock and it was based in Helsinki. Ben and Joss were working there for five weeks with varied tasks; they were shadowing the security guards and learning about their job role and the problems they face.

They were also able to get involved and experience the music by standing on the barrier between the artist and the fans.

The last work placement was for Adrian and Artur.

They were both based in Khipilati oil refinery, and the oil refinery is absolutely massive!

The lads had many different roles while working there; these include operating the CCTV, checking passes at the gates, translating, car patrols and foot patrols.

The boys usually worked eight-hour shifts. However, they got to see the real side of work and were given some long 16 hour night shifts!

Each one of us gained lots of experience, learned new skills and had a great time!

We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would do it all again!

Posted on 27/06/14.

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