Class Adventure Commercial Manager Paul Warrilow believes more Universities should give students every chance of succeeding in the workplace by taking part in valuable non-academic experiences whilst studying.
Class Adventure, part of World Challenge, currently works with schools, colleges and universities across the UK and offers one to seven-day adventure programmes at a variety of inspiring nationwide locations including the Peak District, the Brecon Beacons, the Lake District, Snowdonia and Condover Hall in Shropshire.
One of Class Adventure’s repeat clients is Coventry University’s Business School and they recently welcomed 130 first year undergraduates (see above) to the picturesque Condover Hall for a two-day programme of team-building activities.
It is the third year that the University has worked with the company and Undergraduate Course Director Julia Tyrrell believes that the experience is priceless from a student learning and development perspective.
She said: “The two-day field trip represented the chance to bond together a new, large group of first years from a multicultural and multi-country background, who generally didn’t know one another at the start of the programme.
“The students highly valued the team-building activities as well as the chance to meet new people, from the other undergraduate marketing courses, and the chance to build self-confidence completing activities that they hadn’t encountered before.
“The students also valued the chance to develop their individual interpersonal communication skills which reinforces the benefits of building course cohesion and personal development.
“The Class Adventure experience always exceeds our objectives.”
Paul Warrilow is as equally enthused about the relationship and is hopeful that more Universities will now follow Coventry’s lead.
He added: “What we offer at Class Adventure is a portfolio of progressive, developmental and experiential programmes for students of all age groups. We are always looking at ways to grow and to contribute to the provision of outdoor education to an increasing client base.
“With intensive competition for jobs in the workplace, Class Adventure can help students demonstrate a wider (non-academic) portfolio of interests and experiences as they undergo their application process.”