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
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.