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Lorraine Kelly with Dannii Minogue meeting cadets at the CVQO London Fundraiser in 2009 Lorraine Kelly at the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2013 chatting to Finalists Lorraine Kelly presenting CVQO led BTEC certificates as Honorary Colonel of the Black Watch battalion’s Army Cadet Force (ACF) Lorraine Kelly with CVQO Scotland's Martin Passmore and a group of CVQO cadets

Congratulations and Happy 30th TV Anniversary to Lorraine Kelly our Patron

Lorraine Kelly has been a CVQO Patron since 2009 and in that time has been a staunch supporter. 

Despite such a full schedule she has always had time to attend an event, send a message of support and help us in all kinds of ways, especially in her role as Honorary Colonel of the Black Watch battalion’s Army Cadet Force.

Here are a few of the photos that have featured on our website and social media. 

We all hope that she has a wonderful day and that there are many more years on TV to come!

High-res 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.”

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.”

BTEC Level 1 Success in Scotland
Big congratulations to Cdt Robbie Clarkson (aged 14) from 1271 (Bathgate) Air Cadets who was recently awarded a BTEC Level 1 certificate in Teamwork and Personal Skills for Cadets Award. Cdt Clarkson was the first cadet in West Scotland Wing to be awarded this award, complementing his recent completion of his first class classification. To achieve this award, Cdt Clarkson has undertook training in map reading, expedition skills as well as physical fitness. 
Squadron Commander Flt Lt Greer commented on this success saying
“It has been a highly rewarding experiencing for Cdt Clarkson who has matured greatly whilst completing this. The award will equip Cdt Clarkson with skills and knowledge which will prove invaluable throughout his cadet career as well as enhancing his employability in future years.”

BTEC Level 1 Success in Scotland

Big congratulations to Cdt Robbie Clarkson (aged 14) from 1271 (Bathgate) Air Cadets who was recently awarded a BTEC Level 1 certificate in Teamwork and Personal Skills for Cadets Award. Cdt Clarkson was the first cadet in West Scotland Wing to be awarded this award, complementing his recent completion of his first class classification. To achieve this award, Cdt Clarkson has undertook training in map reading, expedition skills as well as physical fitness. 

Squadron Commander Flt Lt Greer commented on this success saying

“It has been a highly rewarding experiencing for Cdt Clarkson who has matured greatly whilst completing this. The award will equip Cdt Clarkson with skills and knowledge which will prove invaluable throughout his cadet career as well as enhancing his employability in future years.”

High-res 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.

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.

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!

High-res  Exciting news!
Iain Lowther - CVQO Operations Manager for Music in Scotland has been very involved in the production of the new Scotts Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music Volume III. In fact, two of the first five tunes are his! 
This is bound to be a great success like Volumes I and II and we recommend that if you want to get hold of a copy at a discount, you email Iain on il@cvqo.org

Exciting news!

Iain Lowther - CVQO Operations Manager for Music in Scotland has been very involved in the production of the new Scotts Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music Volume III. In fact, two of the first five tunes are his!

This is bound to be a great success like Volumes I and II and we recommend that if you want to get hold of a copy at a discount, you email Iain on il@cvqo.org

Podcast transcript - Edward Woods discusses changes to the ILA system

Introduction:
In June this year the Scottish Government announced without warning that CVQO learners would no longer be eligible to claim funding from the Scottish Individual Learning Account. 

Since 2009 CVQO learners needed to draw funds from the Scottish ILA for the Level 2 BTEC qualifications, which are not funded by the grant that CVQO receives from the education-funding agency, which applies to learners in England only. 

Chief Executive Edward Woods is with me.

Question:
Edward, I imagine this has been quite a tiresome problem for you at CVQO. 

Edward Woods, CVQO CEO:
We were originally told in April 2009 by The Learning Skills Council, that we could not fund learners outside England. It then took two years to develop the funding stream in Scotland so that every cadet throughout the UK had equal opportunities and that certain cadets were not disadvantaged. We eventually got the go ahead in April 2010. 

Of course, the programme does take some time to evolve and until we knew where we were, we could not do any marketing. We could not tell the instructors what was happening and we could not tell the cadets. 

This year, the programme has been evolving quite nicely and then suddenly, it has just been cut off. This affects potential new learners and the people already in the system. 

Question:
How many cadets will this have an impact on?

Edward Woods, CVQO CEO:
Up to 2009, we had over 600 cadets enrolled from Scotland. That dropped dramatically, as you can probably imagine and last year we only had 18. 

This year, we have had 125 involved. However, now these can only finish Part 1 of the programme with existing funding and we are having to look for money to allow them to complete the education requirement. 

Question:
How much would each of those cadets pay for the Level 2 BTEC qualification?

Edward Woods, CVQO CEO:
The whole qualification costs £350. In Scotland it is divided into two parts, so Part 1 costs £175 and then to complete is another £175. If you went to a normal college the qualification would be about £2,500. 

Question:
Presumably CVQO have been developing a relationship with cadetting in Scotland over a long period of time?

Edward Woods, CVQO CEO:
Since we started, but to begin with it took some time because of the Scottish education system. It took a longer time to get the Scottish cadets involved because BTECs and Edexcel aren’t fully recognised in Scotland. 

Question:
I know that you’ve been trying to get meetings organised with representatives of the Scottish Government. Have you made any progress? Are you still attempting to set up meetings to try to resolve this problem?

Edward Woods, CVQO CEO:
We have written to the Education Minister and had a response. We are now waiting for further advice on where we might get the funding. 

Until the Minister responds, I cannot say what action we can take at this moment. However, what we are now doing in the short term is going to charities to ask if they can help donate money to cover this shortfall. 

Question:
We can only hope that you get some decisions and some answers from the Scottish Government. In the meantime hopefully you will resolve this problem and can continue to support cadets in Scotland, because they are obviously a major part of cadetting and CVQO’s commitment to cadets in the UK. 

Edward Woods, CVQO CEO:
To me, it’s horrendous that we have national organisations, not just MOD cadets, but St John Ambulance cadets, Police cadets, the Fire Service and the Scouts that cannot take part in this, yet people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can. 

Question:
This week we’ve celebrated the Duke of Westminster Award and Lloyd Glanville took the major prize for being the top cadet in the UK. Amongst the guests were Patrons who support CVQO as an organisation. I know that one of the Patrons is helping to try and resolve this problem. 

Edward Woods, CVQO CEO:
Yes, Hew Balfour, a businessman who has just recently retired is trying to help. He was in the Army with me in the Scots Guards. 

Firstly, he’s going to speak to a number of charities on our behalf, but most importantly he has many contacts in the piping world. We have quite a lot of young pipers in Scotland who want to be part of our programme. 

Hew Balfour is approaching the National Piping Organisation through the Edinburgh Tattoo to see if we can access a small amount of money to help a number of students get their BTEC Music through the Piping Qualification.