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.
Top RAF Honour for CVQO Graduate
We are always very pleased to see our graduates rewarded for achievement and for the work they do encouraging young learners in their Units.
Volunteer Reservist, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, Officer Commanding of 2344 (Longbenton) Air Cadet Squadron, was presented with the Chief of the Air Staff Commendation in a special ceremony held at RAF Northolt.
Gary completed his City and Guilds Licentiateship through CVQO in 2012 and it is particularly rewarding for us that his commendation was given, in part, for his encouragement to cadets in his unit to gain their own qualifications through CVQO.
You can read more on the Air Cadets North website
Congratulations and Happy 30th TV Anniversary to Lorraine Kelly our Patron
Lorraine Kelly has been a CVQO Patron since 2009 and in that time has been a staunch supporter.
Despite such a full schedule she has always had time to attend an event, send a message of support and help us in all kinds of ways, especially in her role as Honorary Colonel of the Black Watch battalion’s Army Cadet Force.
Here are a few of the photos that have featured on our website and social media.
We all hope that she has a wonderful day and that there are many more years on TV to come!
More CVQO Camp visits
News from Martin our Regional Operations Manager for Scotland and N Ireland
"Two more very good visits to units on camp in the last week
Firstly to Wiltshire to see Northumbria ACF who were ensconced in Knook Camp and are now in the second week of their Annual Camp.
The other visit was to see Air Cadets from Northern Ireland who were on their annual spree to Rothiemurcus. I joined them for their day white water rafting and although I chose not to get wet myself, it was pretty spectacular watching them hurtle down the River Tay in rubber dinghies!”
Sounds like they all had fun!
CVQO is out and about today at Summer Camps all over the UK. This photo is of A Company doing their 1 star testing at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF camp at Westdown in Wiltshire. You can spot CVQO Operations Manager Steve Crawley in the middle of the back row!
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.
Follow this story, see more photos and get more information on Humberside & South Yorkshire ACF on this link.
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”.