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College students to sample a taste of the Caribbean due to Turing Scheme funding  

Posted: 21/03/2022

Twenty DN Colleges Group students will travel to St Lucia in a once in a lifetime work placement trip. 

2022 will see three groups of students from Doncaster College and Doncaster College, both part of DN Colleges Group, undertake work experience at St Lucian school as well as enjoying some free time which has been funded by the Turing Scheme for two weeks.   

Liam Marsh, an International Placement Supervisor at DN Colleges Group, said “We are extremely pleased to have secured funding for the 2021/22 Turing Scheme programme. The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to study and work abroad, providing funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. This means that we can offer our students access to genuinely life-changing opportunities across the globe! Working alongside our partners, the Caribbean Elective, we are delighted that in March 2022 we will have a total of 20 students and 5 staff from Sports/Public Services & Animal Care travelling to Saint Lucia for 16 days to take part in a once in a lifetime work placement.”  

Jack Pell (17) who is a Sport student at Doncaster College, raised over £1000 by running a mile every hour for 24 hours. Cameron Dent (18) is a Uniformed Services student raised £265 by running the equivalent of the circumference of St Lucia locally. All the money raised by students will help to support local charities in St Lucia.   

Cameron said, “I’ve never been abroad before so it will be a good experience working away from home with different cultures and different ways of working. I am looking to join the Army in July and I am sure this will give me new skills that I can learn from in my career. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us all and I can’t wait.”  

With a collaborative effort between the DN Colleges Group International team and the talented people at Caribbean Elective, the trips have been planned and packed full of exciting experiences and fantastic charity efforts. Caribbean Elective are a company focused on life-changing experiences, that aims to give students the opportunity to experience the real day-to-day of Caribbean communities and inspire young people to change their outlook on life. Co-founder of Caribbean Elective, Harry Spear, commented: “These projects not only represent a life changing opportunity for students from DN Colleges group. They also give those students a very special opportunity to make a real difference in developing communities in the Caribbean. The confidence they build and the moments they’ll share with local people will hopefully stay with them long into the future. It’s a credit to the Turing Scheme that projects this ambitious can take place.”  


Photograph: Sport and Uniformed Services Students at Doncaster College who will be going to St Lucia: L-R Cameron Dent, Jack Pell, Ryan Beacock, Taylor Fields and Abi Fitzgerald.