CVQO Inside Track

High-res Cadet Forces Piping & Drumming Competitions 2014
Guy Horridge, CVQO Chief Executive was invited to the Cadet Forces Piping and Drumming Competitions 2014. This is what he had to say:

Excellent trip to Edinburgh where I was invited to present some of the prizes at the Cadet Forces Piping and Drumming Competitions 2014.
Very impressed with the high standard and the great enthusiasm of the competitors. Nice to see so many representatives from the ACF and the ATC present. 

Cadet Forces Piping & Drumming Competitions 2014

Guy Horridge, CVQO Chief Executive was invited to the Cadet Forces Piping and Drumming Competitions 2014. This is what he had to say:

Excellent trip to Edinburgh where I was invited to present some of the prizes at the Cadet Forces Piping and Drumming Competitions 2014.

Very impressed with the high standard and the great enthusiasm of the competitors. Nice to see so many representatives from the ACF and the ATC present. 

CVQO Schools Partnership Programme - Year 2

We are very happy to see that our Schools Partnership Programme is even more popular this year! The series of photos above show students from Rutland City College working towards their BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship. 

The party went to Rutland Water and learnt how to co-operate in building shelters and using team games to demonstrate team skills. 

Find out more about the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme.

High-res CVQO on the BBC!
BBC Radio Berkshire are interviewing CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge and Brett Coley from Brighton Hill Community School on the Schools Partnership Project today.  
They are speaking on the impact of the CVQO Schools Project, what kinds of activities are covered and the impact on mainstream studies. 
Above you can see, Guy and Brett being interviewed on location in Basingstoke for BBC South Today. 
The students will be doing a shelter-building exercise in Popley Woods and it’s planned that this will feature on the news later tonight night, at 18:30 – as part of a wider story about the impact of the Schools Project in the area.

CVQO on the BBC!

BBC Radio Berkshire are interviewing CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge and Brett Coley from Brighton Hill Community School on the Schools Partnership Project today.  

They are speaking on the impact of the CVQO Schools Project, what kinds of activities are covered and the impact on mainstream studies. 

Above you can see, Guy and Brett being interviewed on location in Basingstoke for BBC South Today.

The students will be doing a shelter-building exercise in Popley Woods and it’s planned that this will feature on the news later tonight night, at 18:30 – as part of a wider story about the impact of the Schools Project in the area.

CVQO Roadshows 2014 - Wrap up

The 2014 Roadshows are now finished and despite the challenges of explaining our new qualifications and systems they were extremely well received.

We saw the highest attendance ever, with around 500 VQOs from all over the country and all organisations represented.

Thank you to all those who attended and helped to make the evenings such a success. Overall people were very enthusiastic about the changes, liking the new qualifications very much. This is borne out by the fact that despite enrolment regulations not going out until early September, applications have come flooding in and almost half the available places have been allocated!

If you want to enrol students then best not delay!

The next stage will see the distribution of the workbooks and resource materials - this will be as soon as we can possibly manage.

High-res Folkestone Academy students in visit to Shorncliffe Army Camp
13 CVQO Schools Partnership Project students from Folkestone Academy visited Shorncliffe Army Camp this morning.
The group met one of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, who talked to them about the importance of teamwork and looking after each other, not only in high-pressure situations, but in all areas of life.
The students were joined by CVQO instructors Nicky Poile and Tony Moore, alongside Michelle Hill from Folkestone Academy.

Folkestone Academy students in visit to Shorncliffe Army Camp

13 CVQO Schools Partnership Project students from Folkestone Academy visited Shorncliffe Army Camp this morning.

The group met one of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, who talked to them about the importance of teamwork and looking after each other, not only in high-pressure situations, but in all areas of life.

The students were joined by CVQO instructors Nicky Poile and Tony Moore, alongside Michelle Hill from Folkestone Academy.

CIPD endorsement for the benefits of volunteering

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have commented on their findings in a recent report, ‘Volunteering to learn: Employee development though community action’.

A study was made of a number of companies who encourage employee volunteering. The findings revealed an overwhelming link between volunteering and staff development. Respondents in the study saw their employees developing team building, workload management and communication skills.

You can read the rest of the summary on the CIPD website.

Find details on how CVQO links volunteering to recognised qualifications on our website.