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 email@example.com
Flt Lt Samantha Morrell of Greater Manchester Wing ACF @gmaircadets
Samantha received her Graduateship last Friday - she chats about how the qualification has had a double benefit for her …
Ft Lt Simon Hunter HQ Northern Ireland Wing ATC
Listen to a new podcast where employer Keith Millar of P & O outlines the benefits of the CVQO qualification to his employee, Simon Hunter, who graduated at the Kia Oval last Friday …
Air cadets compete to publicise CVQO
As part of the 2013 Wing Field Day Media Communications Competition, air cadets across the country designed their own posters and materials to help spread the word about the value of CVQO-led BTEC and ILM Level 3 qualifications.
Materials produced by the cadets outlined the main BTEC qualifications available through CVQO - the BTEC Level 2 in Music and the BTEC Level 2 in Public Services. Both qualifications are recognised by employers as well as further and higher education establishments.
Swadlincote Cadet Media Team also produced leaflets on Leadership courses, where the cadets have the opportunity to spend a week away in Wales taking part in Leadership activities and theory work, working towards a CVQO-led ILM Level 3 in Leadership. The leaflets also outlined what the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award is, encouraging cadets to work hard throughout their cadet careers, in order to become suitable candidates to begin the application process, which could lead to them spending three weeks in South Africa and having lunch at 10 Downing Street.
Corporal Harvey (15) of Swadlincote Squadron, said:
“I am extremely proud of the team and myself for doing so well. In what felt like such a short space of time we had to produce hard copies of what we perceived would encourage other air cadets on our unit to take part in BTEC qualifications in their spare time.”
Steve Taylor, CVQO Head of Communications, said:
“This competition demonstrates just how much cadets around the country value the qualifications we provide.”
All materials produced during this competition are produced by the local cadets.
Details of all our qualifications can be found on our website
Great Joy for 1211 Swadlincote Squadron!
1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron welcome newly promoted Joy Wakeling as their new CWO (Cadet Warrant Officer).
Joy had to undergo a rigorous interview by three RAF Volunteer reserve officers on different aspects of the ATC and RAF. Joy passed with flying colours and has also been selected for a place on the International Air Cadet Exchange scheme where she will be going to Canada for 15 days and will meet up with cadets from all over the world.
Joy has been a cadet since 2007 and has really made the most of the opportunities offered. She has excelled in sports, completed a gliding scholarship and is working on her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Last year CWO Wakeling passed her CVQO led BTEC in Public Services with Merit and is now working on our Music BTEC.
Reaching the rank of CWO is a big deal as it is the highest rank an air cadet, like Joy, can reach and involves becoming a junior manager on the unit, utlising strong leadership skills and personal qualities to manage and mentor the cadet team below her within the rank structure, and organise Squadron activities.
Joy says –
“I was absolutely delighted to attain the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer and I’d say it was one of the greatest achievements of my air cadet career. It’s a great feeling to be appointed to such a position of responsibility and I look forward to using my new rank to help improve the quality and diversity of the training we offer our young people.”
Congratulations from all at CVQO
1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron opens its doors four times a year to prospective new cadets, male and female aged between 13 - 17. For more information on joining the air cadet organisation in your area, please contact the Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (01283) 212629 or visit the Squadron website at http://www.1211sqn.org.uk/
Great photo of our Regional Ops Manager, Judie presenting certicates to Pudsey ATC Cadets while on an enrolment visit.
The photo shows Cdt Cpl James Dunn and Cdt Flight Sergeant Jordan Green from 2387 Pudsey ATC. Well done both, and good luck to the 13 new Public Services enrolments!
Congratulations to Alice Macloughlin who was awarded the Female Sports Cadet for Norfolk and Suffolk Wing 2012-2013.
Alice’s sporting achievements throughout the past year, have included; squadron football, wing and regional netball, wing, regional and corps javelin. For corps javelin Corporal Macloughlin broke the record throwing an impressive 28m. Alice also captained wing, regional and corps hockey meaning she was one of few to represent the whole Air training corps at hockey, Alice took all three teams to victory. Well done!
Congratulations to CWO Matthew Leathard 234 City of Durham Squadron on winning the Dacre Sword!
The Dacre Sword is awarded every year to the best male cadet in the ATC. Matthew has completed BTECs in Public Services and Music through CVQO. Read the full story on the Northern Echo’s website.
BTEC Success for 317 ATC Squadron
Many congratulations to 317 ATC Squadron in Failsworth Greater Manchester - with 3 Level 2 BTECs in Public Services. Well done.
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Congratulations 1181 Syston Squadron ATC! - nominated at the vInspired Awards as outstanding young volunteers
(story submitted by Cpl George Sutton, Aged 15, Wreake Valley Academy)
On Tuesday 26th March 2013, five cadets and one member of staff from 1181 Syston Squadron ATC boarded coach C of the East Midlands train to St. Pancras Station in London after a steaming hot cup of coffee in the comfort of Leicester train station. After enjoying several refreshments and five toilet stops each on the underground, we reached Old Street, London, and the quest to find the Premier Inn began. After several yards of putting our DofE skills into practice, we found our luxurious home for the evening.
A “quick” one hour change into our uniforms began and in the hour, both the girls and even the boys were ready to depart for the Roundhouse Theatre where the Grand Ceremony was being held. A quick navigation of the tubes made essential transport for getting around the big city of London.
Mingling with other award winners, we soon discovered some of the amazing facts about why some people were at the event and what astounding things they have/had achieved. We were called to our seats and the evening began with our hosts, The Saturdays, comedian Eddie Kadi and Former UK Model and TV Presenter, Katie Piper.
The ceremony lasted two hours, revealing all of the fantastic award finalists and their commitments to their communities, we saw the winner’s faces and how much it meant to them to be recognised and rewarded for being an outstanding young volunteer in today’s society.
Representing the East Midlands Regional Winners in the team volunteering catagory, the cadets from 1181 Syston ATC Squadron looked immaculate in their uniform and representing the Air Training Corps proud. They were nominated for the award as a result of 1181 Squadrons commitment to volunteering in the community and for other organisations such as RAFA and the British Legion.
The volunteering gives them a sense of pride and achievement whilst also contributing to their Duke of Edinburgh Awards and their Public Services BTEC run by CVQO.
Flt Lt Andy Kenyon said:
"Being nominated for the award and being invited to a large national awards ceremony is a testament to the hard work put in by the cadets of 1181 throughout the year. Their commitment to improving their community and helping others is a credit to themselves. I am very proud of them and all the work that they do."
1181 Squadron meet on a Monday and Thursday from 19:00hrs to 21:30hrs and are based in the ATC hut in the grounds of Wreake Valley College. We are actively recruit new members and any interested parties should contact Flight Lieutenant Kenyon on email@example.com.
If you would like to submit a story about your BTEC cadets and activities, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org