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DRY stone walling and cake decorating were among an assortment of activities during a college taster week.

Students at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, joined pupils from schools across the town to take part in a week-long educational event.

The Have-a-Go project also included a state-of-the-art flight simulator for aspiring pilots to test their skills.

The aim of the sessions, which were ran nationwide under the banner of Colleges Week, is to spark people’s desire to learn and experience new things and was also aimed at businesses, parents and adult learners.

A spokeswoman for the college said: “We’re encouraging our own students to try different activities and also bringing in schools to let them experience a range of activities from dry stone walling to cake decorating.

“Getting hands-on experience is a great way of igniting a passion to learn.

“The Have-a-Go events are an exciting way to engage young people considering their post-16 options, as well as adults looking to re-train and businesses investigating the benefits of college courses.

“These events will provide a platform for the college to demonstrate the range of vocational courses we offer and give expert advice on vocational careers, while students and employers experience first hand the kinds of employment and business development opportunities available to them.”

Colleges Week was held in the run up to WorldSkills London 2011, the world’s biggest education competition.

Hartlepool College of FE will be represented in the capital to showcase the establishment’s “exceptional skills”.