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Staff Training Weekend

Article posted: Jun 18, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Pass

The South & East Midlands Wing Adult Training Team held the second weekend of their successful training for adults this year at RAF Cottesmore.

Two courses are held on these training weekends, a Civilian Instructor Induction Course and a Pre Uniform Course designed to help those wishing to enter uniformed service either as a VR(T) Officer or an Adult SNCO.

Both courses are intense as a lot of information is passed in a short time. However, the feedback is generally that the courses are enjoyed and fulfil the particular needs of the candidates.

During the weekend, nine Civilian Instructors received their induction training and three candidates successfully completed their Boards to become ATC Sergeants.

The Pre Uniform Course builds on the knowledge prospective uniformed service candidates should have. As well as providing information, the course also sets out to test the candidates problem solving abilities by presenting them with scenarios of positions they could find themselves in at their squadrons.

Of the four candidates who sat “Mock Boards” for commissioned services as VR(T) officers, three were recommended for the next stage of selection. The fourth was deferred to gain more knowledge and experience.

PU Course Attendees

Squadron Leader Andy Pass, the Wing Adult Training Officer, thanked all the candidates for giving up a weekend to attend and congratulated all those who passed and expressed his hope that the others would take away the positives from the course.

Covering introductions to the Air Training Corps and the Royal Air Force, the CI Induction Course seeks to fill knowledge gaps for those with no previous experience either with the corps or wider service. Instructional Techniques are considered an essential part of the course and each candidate gives a ten minute presentation to the Directing Staff and the other members of the course.

CI Course Attendees

The two courses are designed and run with the intention of ensuring the quality of the Wing’s Adult staff is sufficient to meet the high expectation of the Wing.

The excellent training facilities of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, were used by kind permission of the Officer Commanding.

The next courses are planned for 4-5th October 2008.

By Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T)
Wing Media & Communications Officer