South & East Midlands Wing has achieved the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Approved Centre status – the first Wing in the Air Training Corps to do so.
Joining the largest awarding body for leadership and management qualifications in the UK and a global network of over 2,000 accredited centres, South & East Midlands Wing will offer the ILM Level 2 Award in Team Leading, which is a nationally recognised qualification, to cadets who attend and successfully complete both the Wing-run Initial and Advanced NCO training courses.
Sqn Ldr Mark Richards, Wing Training Officer (Cadet Development), who led the initiative to achieve Approved Centre status, said “we went through a rigorous approval process to achieve our ILM status and we are delighted that our Initial and Advanced NCO courses, along with our directing staff, have been assessed as meeting the national requirements to allow us to offer this award to our cadets. It really is great recognition of what we do and reflects the professional approach and standards that we adopt.
Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing said “This marks a further step in our aim to offer not only quality training but a nationally recognised award that cadets can achieve during their time with the ATC. I am very proud that the Wing remains at the forefront of such initiatives since it demonstrates to those outside the organisation what we really do have to offer. I would also like to add my thanks to Sqn Ldr Mark Richards and the members of his team that have put in so much time, energy and effort into securing our accreditation.”
The Wing continues to work with the ILM on other initiatives that should result in further nationally recognised qualifications being made available to cadets within the Wing.