SWADLINCOTE AIR CADET MEDIA TEAM REACH THE TOP TEN IN SOUTH AND EAST MIDLANDS AREA
Last Sunday saw weeks of hard work pay off for a group of Swadlincotes Air Cadets as they were ranked 6th out of 29 in the Wing Field Day Media Competition, producing a display to encourage fellow cadets and adult staff members to take part in CVQO BTEC and ILM Level 3 Qualifications.
The display included designing and producing several posters from scratch, outlining the three main BTEC Qualifications available to the Air Cadets from attending squadron parade nights and weekend activities including flying, gliding and adventure training camps both in the UK and abroad. The three main BTEC qualifications available to the air cadets, including those at Swadlincote Squadron, involve BTEC First Diploma in Aviation Studies, BTEC First Diploma in Music and BTEC First Diploma in Public Services. Which are all equivalent to 2 GCSEs grade A* – C each and are all recognised by employers and both further & higher education establishments.
Swadlincotes Cadet Media Team also produced leaflets on Leadership courses, where the cadets have the opportunity to spend a week away in Wales taking part in Leadership activities and theory work, working towards an ILM Level 3 in Leadership and Teamwork. Leaflets were also produced to encourage fellow cadets too take part in the prestigious Qualified Aerospace Instructor Course, alongside outlining what the Duke of Westminsters Award is, encouraging cadets too work hard throughout their cadet careers as a whole, in order to become suitable candidates too begin the application process of which could possibly lead to them spending two weeks in South Africa and having Lunch at 10 Downing Street.
Upon hearing the news of our success at our Wing Field Day, Corporal (Cpl) Harvey (15), who played an instrumental part within the preparation for our competition says: “I am extremely proud of the team and I for doing so well in what felt like such a short space of time we had to produce hard copies of what we percieved would encourage other air cadets on our unit to take part in BTEC Qualifications in their spare time, I am particularly proud of Cadet (Cdt) Husson (13) for spending 5 hours the day before the competition completing the finishing touches to our display board to secure our impressive 6th place. I would also like to say 1211 sqn are also very fortunate to have such a supportive Media and Communications Officer like Civilian Instructor (CI) Clare Tildesley who both taught our team about the qualifications avaliable to us through CVQO and provided us with a structure to our training to ensure we were well prepared on the day”
1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron opens its doors four times a year to prospective new cadets, male and female aged between 13 – 17. For more information on joining the air cadet organisation in your area, please contact the Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (01283) 212629 or visit the Squadron website at http://www.1211sqn.org.uk/