Durham ACF Decade of Academic Achievement through CVQO
On Wednesday, Colonel C Tearney, Commandant of Durham Army Cadet Force welcomed over 100 guests to an award ceremony held at Londonderry Hall, South Shields, to celebrate 10 years of academic achievement for cadets in Durham ACF.
In recognition of the value of these awards and since Durham ACF straddles the boundaries of two counties, both the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock Esq OBE and the Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs. Sue Snowdon kindly agreed to be guests of honour and to make the presentations.
More than 600 cadets from Durham have gained BTEC Awards since the scheme was rolled out nationally just over ten years ago. These are BTEC Level 2 Awards in Public Services and, for those in the Band, BTEC Level 2 Awards in Music.
These awards are recognised by employers, colleges and universities and can make a significant difference to the cadet’s chances of gaining employment or access to higher education.
Photograph shows Colonel C Tearney, Commandant of Durham Army Cadet Force, Nigel Sherlock, OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear and Mrs Sue Snowdon, Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham flanked by some of the recipients of the BTEC Awards.
Suffolk Army Cadet Force Awards Evening
On the 20th of November 2013 Suffolk Army Cadet Force hosted the autumn Awards Night. This was held at the Reserve Army Training Centre, Yarmouth Rd, Ipswich where fifteen Cadets received Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC) Level 2 Awards in Uniformed Public Services.
Six Cadets also received Duke of Edinburgh Silver Certificates & Badges.
The Cadets and Adult volunteers represented Cadets from the three Cadet Companies based throughout Suffolk.
This awards evening clearly demonstrates Suffolk Army Cadet Force’s Commitment to Youth Development combined with support from the educational charity CVQO. Worthwhile qualifications are being achieved while undertaking beneficial extra-curricular activities.
The Presentations were made by Mr Tim Passmore, Police & Crime Commissioner for Suffolk while the evening was hosted by Colonel Robert J West TD, Colonel Commandant for Suffolk Army Cadet Force.
Cadets receiving Btec Awards:-
Potential Instructor Jed Walkinshaw, Ipswich: Civilian Assistant Ben Nicholls, Ipswich:
RSM Jake Allitt, Felixstowe: CSM Sam Johnson, Lowestoft: CSM Luke Hall, Kesgrave:
SSgt Jennifer Frost, Woodbridge: Sgt Martin Shaw, Mildenhall: LSgt Daniel Powell, Ipswich
LSgt Victoria Versey, Ipswich: Cpl Jack Gleed, Kesgrave: Cpl Aurora Abbott, Stowmarket:
Cpl Victoria Pyne, Ixworth: LCpl Ryan Sturgeon, Ipswich: LCpl Zak Hageman, Ipswich:
LCpl George Williams, Ipswich
Photograph shows BTEC Award Cadets with Mr Tim Passmore and Colonel Bob West
Team CVQO - Brighton Marathon 2014 - Meet the Team
Great to see Jemma Garraghan back - she did us proud last year! She says:
"Affectionately known as "Ginger"; I’m 21 years old, and this will be the second year I’ll be joining the CVQO Marathon team.
Currently, I’m part of Surrey ACF as a Sergeant Instructor - acting as second in command of a detachment - so we work closely with CVQO, enabling our cadets to gain BTEC’s in Public Services and Music, and our adult staff to gain a wide variety of qualifications (I’m currently working towards PTTLS).
When I’m not cadetting (or running!) I’m working as Cabin Crew for a well-known airline - jetting off around Europe and living the life of glamour.
I’m just starting to get back into my training after [a particularly lazy] summer, so I’ve been spending plenty of time in the gym; increasing the distance with road running; and I even bought a new pair of trainers. This is getting serious!
Hopefully you’ll be able to spare a few pennies to sponsor the team. Feel free to keep track of our progress on Twitter (@JemmaLouise1501, #teamCVQO), or perhaps even come down on the day and cheer us on!”
if you would like to sponsor Jemma and Team CVQO you can find out more on the Virgin Money Giving Page.
CVQO visited the ACF Advanced Musicians Course and the SCC National Band Camp during this half term.
It’s terrific to see so many cadets involved in Music and all those activities will count towards the BTEC Music qualification!
CVQO Head of Development attends ACF Outreach Conference 2013
Head of Development for CVQO Clinton Riley attended the Army Cadet Forces Annual Outreach Conference at the Cadet Training Centre, Frimley Park over the weekend 18/19 Oct.
Outreach is a youth diversion and early-intervention crime-prevention programme suited to youngsters who have low self-esteem or low personal achievement.
CVQO has been supporting the development of the accreditation of the Outreach Programme where students can gain a CVQO Lead BTEC level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship. The Level 1 pathway has been designed for Outreach Students who work with their School and the ACF County to achieve it.
Clinton was also pleased to launch this year an ILM Level 2 Qualification for Cadets who mentor the Outreach Students. Gauging by the reaction of the delegates to the conference both initiatives were well received by everyone.
In the evening Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC who is Outreach’s Patron presented the award for the best programme to Cheshire ACF.
Durham Army Cadets First Aid Competition Success
Last weekend, after months of preparation; six of Durham Army Cadet Force’s finest took part in the National and Inter Services First Aid Competition’s, in the splendour of the Royal Air Force base Cranwell, in Lincolnshire.
Both competitions at RAF Cranwell this weekend featured an aerial theme with participants being tested in several areas.
Colour Sergeant Taylor Mason led the cadet team to victory, along with; Sergeant Rebecca Dewhurst, Corporal Callum Richardson and Corporal Demi Naughton. The cadet team took the title of ACF National First Aid Champions on Saturday, on Sunday beating the reigning champions by an amazing 31 points – taking the Cadet Inter Services Winners title too.
Meanwhile, the Young Adult Team was competing also; Sergeant Daniel Wilkie leading Sergeant Instructor Brandon Mulvey in the pair’s competition. Despite the very tough scenario for just two competitors, the pair was presented with the ACF National Young Adult Champions on Saturday and just missing out on the Young Adult Inter Services title by three points on Sunday. Sergeant Wilkie also received the highest individual score in both competitions on Saturday.
An outstanding performance overall.
Very gratifying for CVQO to see that many of the cadets who took part are taking or have taken CVQO-led BTECs: CSjt Taylor Mason, Sjt Daniel Wilkie, Sgt Rebecca Dewhurst, Cpl Calum Richardson Naughton - representing 15 (North East) Brigade from Durham ACF
Double the benefit!
Assistant under officer (AUO) Nick Thomas (47), 135 Detachment RRF took full advantage of his recent Adult Leadership Management course at Cadet Training Center, Frimley Park to also complete his Institute in Leadership and Management qualification.
AUO Nick Thomas joined the Army Cadet Force after 16 years in the TA and is the first member of South West London ACF to take the opportunity to do both qualifications. AUO Thomas said it was a great course and I have met a lot of people who have different roles within our organisation with different lengths of service and experience.
AUO Thomas was able to use his previous experience as project manager for HSBC and his past career with the TA combined with his newly acquired knowledge to complete the ILM course work. It took some time to do the workbook away from the course but I feel that it will be benefit me in my role as an officer within the Army cadet force.
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Award in First Line Management is an introduction to the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required by today’s first line manager. Through our relationship with the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation (CVQO) ACF adult volunteers have access to a range of vocational qualifications for which very little additional work is required over and above your volunteering activities with the cadets.
Our adult volunteers greatly appreciate being able to demonstrate to employers, potential employers and educational establishment, the full value of their volunteering activities – in terms of leadership, teamwork and man management. Leadership training courses can bring qualities which are much sought-after in the professional world.
Major Mark Purse, Officer in charge of Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV) development for South West London Army Cadet Force said that this 2 for 1 opportunity that is open to all CFAVs is a real chance to put the skills and experiences the ACF gives on to paper and achieve qualifications that they may not obtain through their civilian lives.
Colonel Simon Chapman, commanding South West London ACF said
“I hope that more of our CFAVs take up the opportunity CTC Frimley Park provides to acquire these qualifications as they can benefit both our cadets and their employers.
Captain Shelley Whitehead of Lancashire ACF @ArmyCadetsUK
Listen in as CVQO graduate, Shelley Whitehead and mum Linda take us back to how it all began and how research for the CVQO-led qualification fit around voluntary work, business and family…
Capt Karen Barr and her husband RSMI David Barr of Humberside & S Yorks ACF
You can listen to Karen Barr of CVQO and her husband David chat about their motivation for taking the qualifications …
The Lord Lieutenant of Berskshire Awards Presentation
The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mrs Mary Bayliss, presented Lord Lieutenant Certificates to members of the Reserve Forces, appointed her four new Lord Lieutenant Cadets for 2013/14.
The Lord Lieutenant also awarded BTEC Awards in Public Services to members of the Berkshire Army Cadets and for the second year running presented an award to Berkshire’s best Reservist.
A special employer award was also presented to Berkshire based Systems Consultants Services Ltd, in Theale.
The Ceremony was held at on Thursday 26 September at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Madjeski Stadium in Reading.