Cadet Corporal Michael Hammond has won a scholarship to Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College where he will be studying his A levels and starting his career as an RAF engineering officer.
He will be boarding at the college whilst he studies A levels in Maths, Physics, Electronics and Chemistry as well a studying sport, military subjects and leadership. On successful completion of his A levels he will be sponsored through university before starting his initial officer training and RAF engineering training at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.
He has been a student at De Lisle Catholic Science College for the last five years, and a member of 1188 (Coalville) Sqn since he was 13 years old.
It has been a long process winning his scholarships. He had an interview at the RAF Careers Office at Christmas time where a Flying Officer recommended him. He then spent a day at RAF Cottesmore shadowing an engineering officer and he spent half a day at Welbeck and was interviewed by a senior teacher. After his GCSE exams he attended The Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre at RAF Cranwell for four days of assessments including aptitude tests, interviews, leadership exercises, a medical and a fitness test. Having got the required grades in his GCSE exams his place at Welbeck was confirmed.His mother, Rhonda Dean said “We are all very proud of Michael, he has really matured through the application process as he focused so hard on achieving his goal. He is well aware that he has been given the opportunity of a life time, and he is really looking forward to the challenge.” Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison RAF VR(T) said” I have known Cpl Hammond since he joined the Sqn when he was 13, I have watched him grow, literally! And mature into the person he is now. The Sqn is really pleased for him, he is the first cadet from the Sqn to study at Welbeck and I know he will make the most of this exciting opportunity. ”