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.
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.
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!
See and hear some of the CVQO Piping Masterclass in Hong Kong a few days ago. With thanks to Winnie Ho and Hong Kong ACC for the photos and videos
Piping Masterclass in Hong Kong
See CVQO Scotland’s Iain Lowther giving a Piping Masterclass in Hong a few days ago on our Facebook page
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/
Former ACFA Chairman presents cadet certificates in Glasgow
Cadets from Glasgow and Lanarkshire Army Cadet Force were presented with certificates for their CVQO-led qualifications at the Trades Hall in Glasgow on Thursday 30 May. The certificates were presented by former Chairman of the Army Cadet Force Association, Colonel John Kelly.
Three cadets were presented with their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship - the first qualification they had received, many aged just 13.
Three cadets received their CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 in Music and two cadets received their CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 in Public Services.
Glasgow and Lanarkshire Commandant Colonel Pat O’Meara welcomed the cadets and their parents and publicly thanked those who had helped to fund the qualifications. He paid tribute to the outstanding contributions of the adult volunteers, some of whom were present on the evening, who commit their time and energy to helping cadets.
Col O’Meara told the cadets, “The CVQO qualifications take young people and give them life.”
Guy Horridge, CVQO Executive Director, congratulated the cadets on their achievements, saying, “The internationally recognised BTEC starts you on the ladder of education. These qualifications have been earned through hard work and determination and you should be very proud.”
In tune for a qualification!
Three Air Cadets from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron have continued their personal development by gaining a BTEC award.
Cadet Corporal Lisa Perry and ex-cadets Rhuben Smith and Oscar Waldron have been awarded with a BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Music, gained through CVQO.
The level 2 first diploma in Music is gained by the cadet demonstrating experience in a variety of theory and practical elements with an emphasis on Music performance and organisation.
On offer to Air Cadets are BTECs in Aviation Studies, Public Services and Music. The benefit of BTEC awards are that they are completed whilst cadets carry out their day to day activities and supplemented with workbooks. BTEC awards are FREE to all cadets aged between 16 and 19 years old.
Cadet Corporal Lisa Perry said
“Gaining my BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music has allowed me to gain a formal qualification because of my involvement with the Air Cadets. This helps me demonstrate to employers and universities my involvement in a varied range of learning environments”
Civilian Instructor Jess Bradshaw added “The Squadron continues to work closely with cadets to ensure they achieve their full potential. This is helped by the formal training with CVQO.”
104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron meet on Monday and Thursday evenings at their headquarters on Newmarket Road. For more information about joining as either a cadet or member of staff please contact 01223 295324 (Monday and Thursday Evenings) or email email@example.com
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Congratulations to 17 year old Welling air cadet and CVQO learner Benjamin White who has formally been appointed to Drum Major of the Welling Air Cadet Corps of Drums – a privilege normally only bestowed on those who have passed the national ACO Drum Major course.
The rank was rewarded in recognition of his fantastic achievements within the ACO despite profound physical and learning disabilities.
Benjamin became the first pupil at The Marlborough School in Sidcup, which specialises in students with complex physical, mental and education needs, to achieve a mainstream educational qualification by completing his CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music in 2011.
Top Cadets chosen for Durham Northumberland Wing ATC
The Wing Commander of Durham Northumberland Wing has selected his two top Cadets - Cadet Flight Sergeant Georgina Cassidy of Longbenton Squadron, and Cadet Flight Sergeant Matthew Leathard of City of Durham Squadron - and they will now go forward to the Regional Competition.
Georgina Cassidy, of Benton, has displayed remarkable abilities across a wide range of activities. She has gained a BTEC First Diploma in Aviation Studies, BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, BTEC First Diploma in Music, Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Silver Gliding Wings.
“It’s a great honour to have been put forward by the Squadron as the top female cadet and it’s unbelievable that the Wing has now nominated further,” said Georgina. “Whatever happens, I’ve had a fantastic time as an air cadet and gained so much, and now I enjoy helping others to achieve what I have, and more,” she added.
Matthew Leathard, of Durham City, has also excelled in a wide range of activities in the Corps. He has gained BTECs in Public Services and Aviation Studies, and completed the prestigious Junior Leaders course. He has also completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a Flying Scholarship, Gliding Scholarship and has represented the Wing and Region in several sports.
The two Cadets were selected after interviews held at Wing Headquarters. They will now represent the Wing in the prestigious Dacre Sword and Brooch competitions.