Duke of Westminster Award National Finalist - the inside story!
Cadet Flight Sergeant Eloise Robertson, 2509 Chipping Sodbury Squadron, Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing explains what the selection process is like for the candidates.
Read the full story on the Air Cadets website.
This is well-timed as the winners are all off to South Africa later today - more news on that later…
Please Support Tower Hamlets ATC Cadets in the National Lottery Awards
They have reached the final seven (from 700 nominations) for the 2014 National Lottery Awards in the Education category. There is now a public vote to decide the winning project (the winner features on BBC1 at a high profile awards ceremony and receives a further grant).
Looking at the short-list they are the only Cadet nomination for the education area.
Please take a few moments and vote for them. The voting window is now open and closes on 23 July 2014!
Number 10 - Raising funds to music!
On Wednesday an event was held at number 10 Downing Street as apart of the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme. The aim was to raise funds from private backers in addition to the £1 million Government bursary scheme.
Of course, no such event would be complete without music, and CVQO Regional Operations Manager for Music, Gil Singleton, provided the band, albeit in his role as Principal Director of Music, Air Cadets.
The band shown above, is the ACO National Marching Band, most of whose members either have gained a CVQO led BTEC Level 2 in Music, or are currently studying for one.
The top photo shows Gil talking to the Prime Minister, David Cameron
Latest news from 2366 Squadron ATC!
Civilian Instructor Palmiero has just gained a CVQO led BTEC Level 2 in Music as a Cadet Warrant Officer.
Well done! Hopefully this is just his first CVQO qualification…
Just in! Photos from Cosford Air Show
Last weekend CVQO were delighted to have a stand at the Cosford Air Show 2014. The photos above show Major General Crackett, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) with our very own Steve Mills and Ian Kelly. Below see the CVQO stand and a music brief with an ATC cadet playing in the RAF a Halton pipe band.
Sounds like everyone had a brilliant time!
Congratulations to Jake Rosen - Dacre Sword winner 2014
We are very pleased to see that CWO Jake Rosen from 1064 (Honiton) Squadron ATC has won the Dacre Sword for 2014. The Sword is an honour awarded each year for the best male air cadet.
Jake has been able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the Air Training Corps and CVQO and has amassed a full set of qualifications including: BTEC Level 2 in Music at Distinction*, BTEC Level 2 in Public Services at Distinction* and the ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership.
Last year CWO Rosen was selected as a Finalist for the Duke of Westminster Award and also as the first beneficiary of the CVQO Bursary, provided by Southampton Solent University. He intends to take up the bursary this September.
Good luck and well done Jake.
Photo left: Jake at the Duke of Westminster selection event 2013
Photo right: Jake receiving his Music BTEC in Paris from CVQO’s Gil Singleton
The female version of the award is called The Dacre Brooch, and this was also won by a cadet well know to CVQO! Read more on that story on this link.
Congratulations to Bridget Donaldson winner of the Dacre Brooch 2014
The Dacre Brooch is the highest award any female air cadet can achieve and is hotly contested every year.
Bridget is from 404 (Morpeth) Squadron ATC and a good friend of CVQO, having gained four of our qualfications and been a regional finalist in the Duke of Westminster Award 2013.
Although ATC Squadron leader Adrian Utting had never achieved a high level qualification, he decided to sign up for a CVQO-led City & Guilds qualification when he learned that experiences gained in the cadet forces are used to support the qualification. It quickly became clear how much the course would benefit him in terms of career development and training.
“Completing my Graduateship in Youth Leadership & Management helped me get a place at the University of Northampton to study BSc in Professional Practice (Emergency Care). I have since been able to take on a management role within East Midlands Ambulance Service, I am now a Clinical Practice Tutor (Paramedic) and able to utilise the CVQO-led qualification to teach future clinicians.
Not bad for someone who left school with a handful of CSE’s?”
Adrian quickly progressed into a management role, being promoted to Paramedic Team leader but was advised that he would have to take a leadership and management course. The Ambulance Service recognised that the qualification gained though CVQO and his cadet activities was actually at a higher level than the existing Ambulance Service course offered, meaning he already qualified.
Adrian is now passionate about encouraging other staff to get the CVQO-led qualifications, particularly after the positive impact it has had on his career. Adrian adds,
“Gaining the qualification has been a life changer. I now have the qualification level that others have been to university for. I would advise friends and colleagues in the cadets to go for it; it is worth the investment and it is great that experience gained in the cadet forces can be used to support the qualification. I still think back to my graduation day every so often and I thank CVQO for the opportunity”.
Latest news from Iain Lowther:
After a busy week at Durham & North’land Wing, tonight and next week I’m off to Central & East Yorks Wing.
Music Cadets from all over the Wing will be meeting at four locations central to their Sectors. Tonight we are meeting at Darlington Sqn, Monday night at Lawnswood Sqn, Tuesday at Scarborough Sqn, and Wednesday at Hornsea Sqn.
These BTEC Music Workbook sessions will give all our Music Cadets in C&E Yorks Wing a great chance to advance and even complete their BTEC Level 2 Diplomas in Music.
Good news from 2326 Squadron!
Congratulations to Sgt S Wilkinson who has achieved a Distinction in her CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 in Public Services - well done!