CVQO would like to congratulate Dr Andy Treharne of AKS (formerly Arnold School) on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Andy has been a staunch supporter of CVQO, offering our Level 2 and Level 3 BTECs in Public Services to his CCF cadets. AKS has become one of our largest centres.
Congratulations also to Colonel Tom McMullen, who was promoted from an MBE to an OBE.
As Commandant Cumbria ACF he very actively supports all that CVQO offers.
Merseyside celebrate achievement through CVQO at Altcar
Great set of photos on Facebook from the presentation evening at Altcar. The cadets received their CVQO led BTEC Level 2 Certificates while at Altcar.
And who is that we spy in the front row second from right? Yes, it’s Ian Kelly CVQO Regional Operations Manager for North West England.
Great story from Humberside & South Yorkshire ACF
We love to see photos of cadets receiving their certificates with such a good write up:
Army Cadets from D Company have been awarded with CVQO led BTEC Diplomas in Public Services. The award recognises their achievements in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and gives them a qualification recognised by employers, colleges and universities.
The awards were presented by Honorary Colonel Tim Hollis, Former Chief Constable of Humberside Police. Colonel Hollis who is from Sheffield said
“It’s fantastic to see so many young people achieving qualifications whilst pursuing such a fun and exciting hobby.”
“I would also like to congratulate the adult volunteers who give so freely of their time and energy in supporting young people”
Corporal Barnaby Peach from Hilsbrough Detachment took part in the BTEC programme. He said
“Cadets is great! I get to do loads of fun activities and achieve qualifications at the same time. I have worked hard and am really pleased to have achieved the award. I hope it will demonstrate my skills and commitment, making my CV stand out against other young people my age”
With a little extra work on top of the usual fun cadet activities, the BTEC award validates their volunteering and community commitment and provides them with a widely recognised and valuable qualification.
Cadets take part in a study weekend which enables them to focus on their workbooks and take part in physical activities such as the Police standard fitness test.
“I really enjoy learning this way. The physical tests brought what we had learnt to life. It has stretched and challenged me beyond what I thought I could do”
Said corporal Brandon Fulton from Birdwell Detachment
Cadets aged over 16 and adult instructors are encouraged to complete vocational training and development through BTEC qualifications led by CVQO, a UK-based educational charity commited to giving cadets and volunteers more opportunities in life. The qualifications can massivly increase chances of getting a good job or entering further education.
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Devon ACF Presentation Evening includes a special award to CVQO’s David Harris
15 Cadets from nine Detachments of Devon Army Cadet Force were presented with their CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 certificates in Public Services. The BTEC is based on their work in the Army Cadets Force and covers a range of activities relevant to the community and public service.
The Commandant of Devon ACF, Colonel Ashley Fulford remarked that the award duly reflects the dedicated involvement that the cadets have given to this achievement.
In addition an award was made to David Harris, Regional Operations Manager for CVQO in the South West for his advice and support to the County. The ceremony took place at Wyvern Barracks, Exeter.
Photos show the awards being presented by Brigadier Simon Young, CBE, Honorary Colonel of Devon ACF.
[Top] S/Sjt T.Lee Parker
[Below] David Harris receiving his Award.
How 50 cadets turned Summer Camp activities into a valuable qualification!
At Beckingham Camp last summer Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force enrolled 50 cadets on the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship programme. This had been made possible thanks to funding from the Thomas Howells Education Fund for North Wales.
The cadets took part in various activities designed to help them develop as citizens, improve their personal fitness and learn about maintaining health and wellbeing. It also taught them about self-reliance, communication skills and how to work effectively with others. The activities included adventure training, canoeing, climbing and a field exercise where they made their own shelters, cooked their own food, and learnt how to patrol.
The cadets practised teamwork skills throughout the programme, whether it was helping each other with camouflage or working together to complete a command task.
The programme was a great success with Lord Barry Jones visiting and speaking to the cadets. (photo above). On the last day of camp Brigadier Napier from 160 Brigade attended the final parade and presented them with their certificates. (see top photo)
One cadet described the experience as:
“One of my best moments on annual camp and in cadets”.
Edward Woods talks to Army Cadet Magazine
Soon after his retirement as CEO of CVQO, Edward Woods gives an exclusive interview to Army Cadet Magazine.
Read it on Page 34 of Army Cadet Magazine - Winter edition.
BTEC success for Launceston ACF Cadet through CVQO
Army Cadet Serjeant Jack Pascoe (from Launceston Platoon) was presented with his CVQO-led BTEC Diploma in Public Services Level 2, with achievement at ‘Distinction Star’ grade.
Each Diploma represents real and practical evidence for employers, colleges and university admissions.
Jack is currently studying for a two year Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Plymouth College and his long term aim is to become a Graphic Designer.
Well done to Jack!
The attached photograph taken by Major V L Magor shows Serjeant Jack Pascoe being presented with his CVQO BTEC in Public Services by Colonel Les Donnithorne.
Hurry! Funded places available for Surrey Cadets on the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1
Through CVQO sponsored fundraising an opportunity now exists for Junior Cadets who are members of Ministry of Defence Cadet Units in Surrey to achieve the CVQO Led Edexcel BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
For Army Cadets this is met by One Star, for Air Cadets the completion of First Class Cadet fully meets the requirements and for the Sea Cadets they have to pass their ordinary Cadet and take one additional Unit.
The cost of the qualification is £100 and this is being fully met. Please contact your Unit VQO or Unit Commanders can contact CVQO’s Regional Operations Manager Steve Crawley for more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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