After 3 years of training and assessment, eight Air Cadets from South Derbyshire are celebrating success after being awarded BTEC certificates in Aviation Studies.
To gain the BTEC in Aviation Studies, which is equivalent to 2 GCSE’s (A to C grade), the young men and women from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) have had to study various Aviation themed subjects over the last few years, including Principles of Flight, Air Navigation, Airframes and Propulsion.
The cadets, who are all either in full time education or employment, have undertaken the BTEC training and examinations in their spare time, whilst attending the Air Cadet unit in Swadlincote during two evenings a week. 1211 Sqn’s BTEC Officer, Flying Officer Ruth Morgan from Newhall, said “The cadets have excelled themselves and I am really proud to see them receive their certificates. The BTEC is only a small part of the academic, educational and skills training that we have to offer, however it is one of the things that will really stand them in good stead when they seek future employment”.
The Air Cadet Central & East Region Training Officer, Wing Commander Steve Mills from RAF Brampton in Cambridgeshire, presented the cadets with their BTEC Certificates, at an awards ceremony at the units’ Eureka Park headquarters.
Back Row (left to right): Flying Officer Ruth Morgan (1211 Sqn BTEC Training Officer), Chloe Mitchell, Sarah Robinson, Lianne Clamp, Wing Commander Steve Mills (Central & East Region Training Officer)Front Row (left to right): Robert Garner, Reece Williamson, James Galliers-Parker, Guarav Srivastava
Wg Cdr Mills said: “1211 was one of the first Air cadet squadrons in the country to be actively involved in the BTEC scheme and they have set the standards for other groups to follow. The hard work and dedication of not only the cadets but also the adult volunteer staff, have been instrumental in their ongoing successes. The community of Swadlincote should be extremely proud of the achievements of its young men and women”.
In addition to the Aviation Studies BTEC award, of which 25 have now been awarded to cadets from the Swadlincote Squadron over the past 4 years, some of the cadets are also working towards BTEC’s in Public Services and Music. This means that by the time they leave the Air Cadets, they could have gained the equivalent of up to 6 GCSE’s through the work they have done voluntarily at 1211 Sqn.
Fg Off Rob Moore RAFVR (T)
1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn