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High-res Air Cadets North celebrate CVQO-led BTEC achievement
Former Cadet Flight Sergeant, Hayley Sutcliffe returned to her unit (1053 Armthorpe Squadron) for the presentation of her CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 qualification in Public Services.
Hayley is currently continuing her studies at university. You can read more on this story on the Air Cadets North website, including details of what Hayley had to study to gain the qualification. 

Air Cadets North celebrate CVQO-led BTEC achievement

Former Cadet Flight Sergeant, Hayley Sutcliffe returned to her unit (1053 Armthorpe Squadron) for the presentation of her CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 qualification in Public Services.

Hayley is currently continuing her studies at university. You can read more on this story on the Air Cadets North website, including details of what Hayley had to study to gain the qualification. 

Presentation evening for Canvey Island Air Cadets (2187 Squadron)

An evening of celebration for the Air Cadets from Canvey Island when five of their number were presented with their certificates for gaining the CVQO-led Level 1 BTEC in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.

The awards were sponsored by Essex County Council and Essex Air Cadets. 

The photos show the Canvey Island Squadron looking very smart on parade in front of the Mayor and Councillors. Five cadets were awarded their certificates and Sergeant Colcombe explained to everyone there what the cadets had to to to achieve the qualification.

The content of the Level 1 syllabus includes preparing for expeditions, ceremonial drill and history of the Air Training Corps.

Four senior cadets then explained about the qualifications they have taken through CVQO and the Air Cadet Organisation. These cadets are now on track to gain Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 qualifications in Leadership through CVQO. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Ashleigh Harvey said:

' I am really keen to showcase the range of qualifications available at Canvey Island Squadron through the cadet forces in partnership with CVQO.  We can offer nationally recognised accreditation alongside a progressive training syllabus that looks fantastic on a CV. 

The adult staff that help provide the training are indispensable and it is fantastic to see them also rewarded with Institute of Leadership and Management as well as City and Guilds qualifications.’

There is no central government funding for the Level 1 qualification and so CVQO looks to raise funds from a range of sources including private donations, charitable trusts and public bodies. 

If you would like to make a donation or become involved in a local fundraising event then please contact the CVQO fundraising department on 01276 459096 or email fundraising@cvqo.org

Squadron awarded record numbers of BTEC Level 1
Cadets from Welling Squadron Air Training Corps have been presented with 15 CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 certificates in Teamwork & Personal Skills – a record number to be presented within one Squadron.
You can read more about this story on our website on this link.

Squadron awarded record numbers of BTEC Level 1

Cadets from Welling Squadron Air Training Corps have been presented with 15 CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 certificates in Teamwork & Personal Skills – a record number to be presented within one Squadron.

You can read more about this story on our website on this link.

BTEC Level 1 Success in Scotland
Big congratulations to Cdt Robbie Clarkson (aged 14) from 1271 (Bathgate) Air Cadets who was recently awarded a BTEC Level 1 certificate in Teamwork and Personal Skills for Cadets Award. Cdt Clarkson was the first cadet in West Scotland Wing to be awarded this award, complementing his recent completion of his first class classification. To achieve this award, Cdt Clarkson has undertook training in map reading, expedition skills as well as physical fitness. 
Squadron Commander Flt Lt Greer commented on this success saying
“It has been a highly rewarding experiencing for Cdt Clarkson who has matured greatly whilst completing this. The award will equip Cdt Clarkson with skills and knowledge which will prove invaluable throughout his cadet career as well as enhancing his employability in future years.”

BTEC Level 1 Success in Scotland

Big congratulations to Cdt Robbie Clarkson (aged 14) from 1271 (Bathgate) Air Cadets who was recently awarded a BTEC Level 1 certificate in Teamwork and Personal Skills for Cadets Award. Cdt Clarkson was the first cadet in West Scotland Wing to be awarded this award, complementing his recent completion of his first class classification. To achieve this award, Cdt Clarkson has undertook training in map reading, expedition skills as well as physical fitness. 

Squadron Commander Flt Lt Greer commented on this success saying

“It has been a highly rewarding experiencing for Cdt Clarkson who has matured greatly whilst completing this. The award will equip Cdt Clarkson with skills and knowledge which will prove invaluable throughout his cadet career as well as enhancing his employability in future years.”

High-res Honour for Duke of Westminster Air Cadet

An Air Cadet from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron has been formally appointed as the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Cambridgeshire.  Cadet Warrant Officer Jess Bradshaw received the honour from former Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Gordon Moulds during the recent Wing Parade held at RAF Wyton.

The role of Lord-Lieutenant involves presiding at various civic and social events and presenting medals and awards on behalf of The Queen.  As Lord Lieutenants Cadet, Cadet Warrant Officer Bradshaw will attend various functions to assist the Lord Lieutenant as he executes his duty and has already greeted Her Majesty The Queen on her arrival at Burghley House as part of her diamond jubilee tour.

Since joining the Air Cadets Cadet Warrant Officer Bradshaw has gained all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC awards, first aid qualifications, completed the Nijmegan military marches, gained a communicators badge and completed a gliding scholarship plus much more.  Most recently she discovered she had been nominated for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year awards known as the YOPEYs and is a finalist in the Duke of Westminster award.  With this she is currently  in South Africa for three weeks in July. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Jess Bradshaw said 

“To be selected from all the cadets across Cambridgeshire for this prestigious honour is really exciting and one of the highlights of my cadet career.  Representing the Corps, my Squadron and I in this way is a reason to be very proud”

Flight Lieutenant Richard Slack added

“What Jess has achieved is truly remarkable and serves as good motivation to the younger cadets of what they can achieve if they are motivated and driven.”

Honour for Duke of Westminster Air Cadet

An Air Cadet from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron has been formally appointed as the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Cambridgeshire.  Cadet Warrant Officer Jess Bradshaw received the honour from former Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Gordon Moulds during the recent Wing Parade held at RAF Wyton.

The role of Lord-Lieutenant involves presiding at various civic and social events and presenting medals and awards on behalf of The Queen.  As Lord Lieutenants Cadet, Cadet Warrant Officer Bradshaw will attend various functions to assist the Lord Lieutenant as he executes his duty and has already greeted Her Majesty The Queen on her arrival at Burghley House as part of her diamond jubilee tour.

Since joining the Air Cadets Cadet Warrant Officer Bradshaw has gained all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC awards, first aid qualifications, completed the Nijmegan military marches, gained a communicators badge and completed a gliding scholarship plus much more.  Most recently she discovered she had been nominated for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year awards known as the YOPEYs and is a finalist in the Duke of Westminster award.  With this she is currently  in South Africa for three weeks in July. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Jess Bradshaw said


“To be selected from all the cadets across Cambridgeshire for this prestigious honour is really exciting and one of the highlights of my cadet career.  Representing the Corps, my Squadron and I in this way is a reason to be very proud”

Flight Lieutenant Richard Slack added


“What Jess has achieved is truly remarkable and serves as good motivation to the younger cadets of what they can achieve if they are motivated and driven.”


High-res 2430 (Holbeach) Air Cadets benefit from charity shop donation
The photo shows the presentation of a £2000 cheque to the 2430 (Holbeach) Squadron Air Cadets by Jill Hudson-Peacock of the ‘Chosen’ charity shop in Holbeach.  Chosen is an independent charity shop run by volunteers who vote to decide which causes they support.
The money will be put towards BTEC training equipment. 

2430 (Holbeach) Air Cadets benefit from charity shop donation

The photo shows the presentation of a £2000 cheque to the 2430 (Holbeach) Squadron Air Cadets by Jill Hudson-Peacock of the ‘Chosen’ charity shop in Holbeach.  Chosen is an independent charity shop run by volunteers who vote to decide which causes they support.

The money will be put towards BTEC training equipment. 


High-res Warwickshire Bear Meets Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets
2 cadets taking CVQO-led BTECs were appointed Lord Lieutenant cadets for Warwickshire last night at a ceremony in historic Warwick; receiving their coveted badges and certificates from HMLL Mr Martin Dunne JP.
Congratulations to SSgt Jenny Thrower-Menzies of Warwickshire & West Midlands South ACF – Rugby Detachment and Sgt Michael Hadley of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC.
Jenny passed her CVQO BTEC Diploma in Public Services last year with Distinction Star in November 2011 and Michael is halfway through his BTEC Public Services. Well done both.

Warwickshire Bear Meets Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets

2 cadets taking CVQO-led BTECs were appointed Lord Lieutenant cadets for Warwickshire last night at a ceremony in historic Warwick; receiving their coveted badges and certificates from HMLL Mr Martin Dunne JP.

Congratulations to SSgt Jenny Thrower-Menzies of Warwickshire & West Midlands South ACF – Rugby Detachment and Sgt Michael Hadley of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC.

Jenny passed her CVQO BTEC Diploma in Public Services last year with Distinction Star in November 2011 and Michael is halfway through his BTEC Public Services. Well done both.

Assembled Inspection Inspection 2

New home for Cambourne Air Cadets!


The Official Opening of Cambourne Air Cadets detached flight took place on Sunday, at Cambourne Sports Pavilion. Air Cadets can now parade closer to home instead of travelling ten miles to their parent Squadron at Bassingbourn every Monday and Wednesday evenings.  

The Officer Commanding Beds & Cambs Wing, Wing Commander Paul Bower attended the event which commenced with an Inspection, followed by a march past. The Wing Commander said:

“it’s a wonderful start for 2484 D/F and holds great things for the future, they have excellent accommodation, and I have received great feedback from the Cadets, especially their love of flying, which came to the forefront”.

The opening concluded with refreshments at the Sports Pavilion. The Officer in Charge of Cambourne, Pilot Officer Charles Rogers said “he would like to thank the local Councillors for their untiring support in this venture, and also the parents who provided the superb refreshments after the event”.

Cambourne DF are currently recruiting young people between the ages of 13 and 17 years old. They meet on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6.45pm and 9.45pm. For more information please call 07813 897949, or pop along to the Sports Centre on a Parade evening.