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!
It’s wonderful to hear back from our graduates some years after they take their qualifications through CVQO. Recently we received a really nice email from Squadron Leader Adrian Utting of S E Midlands Air Cadets. He said:
Since doing my GCGI have been able to take on a Management role within East Midlands Ambulance service and this has also helped me with entering the University of Northampton studying BSc in professional practice (Emergency Care).
This has opened up other roles and now I am a Clinical Practice Tutor (Paramedic) with East midlands Ambulance service using the skill I have gained with the RAF VR(T) and the qualification of CVQO to teach future clinicians
Not bad for someone with only a few CSE’s when leaving school!
That is why I am passionate that other Staff get the qualification. And it has been a life changer for me as i have the qualification level that others have been to university for through the Cadets, something I enjoy and I still think back to my Graduation day.
Adrian is in the photo above on the far right hand side, with our very own Steve Mills in the middle!
We’ve just heard from Gil Singleton one of our Music Operations managers about the RAF Fundraising music event at RAF Cranwell last weekend. Gil was serving as the Principal Director of Music for the event and says:
This one was the best yet! - it’s good every year, but the quality this year was outstanding!
During the evening all the cadets who had or are taking a CVQO-led BTEC were asked to stand and take a bow!
A great evening…
Just received from Martin, our Operations Manager in Northern Ireland:
I am currently at the Royal School in Armagh where I have 16 Learners working their way through Workbook 2 of their BTEC Level 2 having successfully completed Workbook 1 yesterday.
Off to Belfast later to deliver Workbooks 1 and 2 over the weekend to Sea Cadets from all over Northern Ireland and attending the ATC Annual Dinner tomorrow evening
CVQO Competition Winner
Great to see that our competition prize is now in safe hands! FS (ATC) Tabs ‘Bob’ Robelou of 2524 (Oakington) Squadron ATC was the winner of our Christmas competition to win a fabulous rucksack. Tabatha is donating the rucksack to her unit and we are looking forward to seeing some photos of it in use by her cadets.
Air Cadets North celebrate CVQO-led BTEC achievement
Former Cadet Flight Sergeant, Hayley Sutcliffe returned to her unit (1053 Armthorpe Squadron) for the presentation of her CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 qualification in Public Services.
Hayley is currently continuing her studies at university. You can read more on this story on the Air Cadets North website, including details of what Hayley had to study to gain the qualification.
Look what we spotted over the weekend!
Really nice to see this image popping up on Twitter over the weekend. Surrey Wing ATC were celebrating a year of achievement, and it makes us feel very proud to have been part of that, and to be represented by our logo onscreen at the ceremony! Deserves a spot on our Wall of Fame.
Have you spotted our logo in similar places?
We found this story on the Air Cadets North website.
Two cadets from 1151 (Wallsend) Squadron Air Training Corps have gained their BTEC Level 2 in Public Services with distinction from the CVQO.
Sgt Adam Mcann (left), a construction apprentice, age 17 from Wallsend and Cpl Liam Elliott (right) an administrator in a local law firm, age 17 from Rose Hill recorded their cadet activities and development under the direction Fg.Off Button of 1151 Squadron in the BTEC workbook.
Along with the practical and theoretical knowledge gained personal and teamwork skills were tested as both these young NCOs developed their leadership skills in and off the unit.
Sgt McCann stated
“We did most of the activities as part of our normal squadron work anyway so with just a little more effort I got a Level 2 BTEC. Although I have a job the extra qualifications are always of use”
Cpl Elliott said
“it was fun doing the extra activities and it was worth doing”.
Squadron Commander Flt Lt Nigel Yarrow congratulated the two young men and remarked that it was more than pleasing to see young people from Wallsend achieving while enjoying themselves and developing into responsible adults.