Students snapped to attention when prison officers visited Cambridge Regional College to carry out an inspection of members of the Uniformed Public Services faculty.
More than 100 students went on parade for the visit, standing smartly in ranks for an hour as officers checked their kit and examined each student.
The officers, from HMP Bedford prison, said they were impressed with the professionalism of the students and their attention to detail – all key attributes for students keen on a career in the armed forces or public services.
The team from Bedford followed up the inspection with a careers talk to the students and information on the different roles available within the prison service.
The visit was part of a series of inspections and talks by public services and the armed forces designed to give students more insight into careers.