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
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
And The Force was with him…
Our Regional Operations Managers have to be prepared for anything! Pictured above is Gil Singleton trying to sign up Lord Vader to a CVQO-led qualification in Teamwork and Leadership last Friday evening at St Clement Danes Church in London.
Gil was attending the concert celebrating Flight and Space as Principal Director of Music for the Air Cadet Organisation. During the event he conducted the Air Cadet National Concert Band (lower photo).
Many of the cadets involved are registered on the CVQO-led BTEC in Music. Unfortunately Lord Vader felt unable to commit to a qualification at this time.
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!
Team CVQO - Brighton Marathon 2014 - Meet the Team
A few words from Alice Langford
I am 25 years old living in Worthing, West Sussex. I work as a Science teacher which is both challenging and rewarding.
I am a sergeant instructor with Sussex ACF. Having seen the benefit of awards such as Duke of Edinbrugh and Btec Level 2 which some of our cadets have done I thought it was right to sign up to raise money for CVQO so that more of our cadets could do the same.
My training is going well so far I am working on increasing my runs and building up my stamina. I’m enjoying getting out to train and with the donations starting to come in its keeping me inspired to run!
We still have one or two places left on Team CVQO if Alice has inspired you to want to join the team - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if so.
Sponsorship of the team is very welcome through Virgin Giving.
Who Trains the Trainers?
Durham ACF conducted a train the trainer event for new and existing BTEC tutors and senior cadets who will be working as Assisting Directing Staff (ADS). The course was delivered by CVQO’s Martin Passmore to 10 cadet force adult volunteers (CFAV) and five senior cadets.
Durham ACF County VQ Officer, SMI William Oliver said:
“The evening was thought provoking and a huge success in preparation for our BTEC residential event 1-3 November 2013 at Otterburn Camp, Northumberland. As County VQ Officer it has always been my aim to invite senior cadets that have previously completed the award to act as Assisting Directing Staff (ADS), assisting the Company BTEC Officers and instructors. The cadets in previous years have always been a massive help to our residential events.”
Group photo above;
Front row L-R: Cadet CSM Kristen Butters, AUO Sara Clark, Lt Patrick McGough, SSI Stacey Lannon, Martin Passmore - CVQO, SMI William Oliver - County VQ Officer, Lt Tracy Collier, Lt Karen Marshall and SI Christopher Bolton.
Back row L-R: SI Matthew Roberts, Cpl Jay DeSousa, Sgt Craig Mounter, Cpl Ethan Okai, SI Kristopher Dods, SI David Smith and Cpl Harriett Weston-Harris.
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.
Team CVQO Brighton Marathon 2014 - Meet the team
We asked the team if they would mind sharing a little bit about themselves and tell us why they have decided to put in so much effort and time to help us to help young people achieve their full potential.
Meet Maj Jules Money who says:
I am 38 years old, married to Jay with two daughters, Hannah, 4 and Thalia. 20 months.
I am the Contingent Commander at Cranbrook School in Kent where we run the BTEC level 2 scheme through CVQO which the Cadets really enjoy, despite sometimes needing to be nagged to complete their workbooks!
As a fan of CVQO i felt it was right to raise money for this great charity so other children can benefit from from vocational qualifications.
I am at the early stages of training and starting to build up my stamina with daily road runs which aren’t as easy as they used to be. But with donations coming in, this encourages me to put my trainers on and get out in the rain.
Let’s hope we have a mild winter/autumn so that Jules and the rest of Team CVQO can get the most out of their training.
You can sponsor Team CVQO through our page on Virgin Money Giving