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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
Congratulations to Sgt Paul Guest, Cpl Alasdair Stuart, Off Cdt Greg Harley and Flt Sgt Kieran Murray who were presented with their BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificates & Diploma Certificates at Regional HQ at RAF Leuchars on 9 February. The cadets are all members of the Scotland & Northern Ireland Region Pipes and Drums.
CVQO BTEC Cadets continue to excel with SWADLINCOTE ROYAL AIR FORCE CADETS
Eight Instructors from the 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron of the Royal Air Force Cadets have achieved the revered Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Mercian Private Adam Bayley-Bligh, Pilot Officer Richard Gaskell, Military Police Officer Lance Corporal Simon Martin, Firefighter Oliver Sartain-Berry, and Air Training Corps Instructors Robert Charlesworth, Edward Price, Thomas LeFevre and James Galliers-Parker achieved their Awards whilst volunteering as Instructors at the Squadron. Each completed numerous expeditions across the United Kingdom and over eighteen months of volunteer services within the local community, as well as achieving advanced sports qualifications and learning new professional skills, as stipulated by the rigorous assessment regulations.
Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty presented the Awards to the team in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh during a ceremony held at St James’ Palace in London this week, supported by an audience of the teams’ colleagues, friends and family. In addressing the assembly, Air Commodore McCafferty acknowledged the exemplary level of effort and achievement the Gold Award represents, and congratulated the team on their success.
1211 Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thomson, reflected:
“The entire Corps and I are extremely proud of this enthusiastic and dedicated team for their excellent success in achieving this Award.”
The world-renowned Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is held in the highest regard by education establishments and employers for the skills and attributes demonstrated during the completion of an Award, providing Award achievers with a valuable advantage in todays competitive job market. If you would like to seek any further information regarding Duke of Edinburgh Awards run by the 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron, please visit their website at
(in the photo are Ollie Sartain-Berry who assists with BTEC training as a Civilian Instructor on the Sqn, Adam Bayley-Bligh who gained a Distinction Star in the BTEC in Public Services in 2008 and Richard Gaskell gained both Music (2011) and Public Services BTECs in 2009 at Distinction Star level
Congratulations to Cdt LCpl Harry Neville from Greater London, South East Sector ACF receiving his BTEC Music Diploma (Distinction star) from Lord Lingfield on the Final parade at Longmoor Band Camp last week.
CVQO’s Gil Singleton and Richard Allen worked with 37 Cadets from across the UK on their Music BTECs.
Photograph courtesy of Michael Nolan
Congratulations to Cpl Iona Gregor!
This photo was taken last Thursday evening at Turriff Sqn. This is Cpl Iona Gregor, who was the overall winner of the Piping events at the national comp. CVQO sponsored the overall winners prize which was an engraved Practice chanter.
Latest news from our Head of Music in Hong Kong! The photos are of HKAC Band and Brass Section at High Island Camp, Si Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong.
CVQO is there to help develop and implement the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music, working in partnership with the HKAC.
Cadet Forces Piping & Drumming Competition 2012
This was held last weekend at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD) in Edinburgh. The names with a* beside them are the Cadets who have completed or are currently doing their BTEC Music Diplomas.
Congratulations to all!
Wonderful photo of our Head of Music Ali Bowen-Davies with the sea cadet bands on Trafalgar Day.