The South & East Midlands Wing Adult Training Team held the first weekend of their successful training for adults this year at RAF Cottesmore. The excellent training facilities of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, were used by kind permission of the Officer Commanding.
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 VRT Officer or an ATC 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 & HQAC policy.
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 Pre Uniform Course builds on the knowledge prospective uniformed service candidates should have. As well as providing the latest information, the course also sets out to test the candidate’s problem solving abilities by presenting them with scenarios of positions they could find themselves in at their Squadrons.
PU Course Attendees
Those wishing to become ATC SNCO’s sit a board on the Sunday, and if they satisfy the board members, walk away with their new status. Out of the eleven that took the board, eight were successful with three candidates invited back later in the year upon gaining further experience. Candidates for Commissioning take part in a mock board where they will be informed of any further training required. The four who sat the mock board were all recommended for a Wing board later in the year.
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 & Corps.
The next courses are planned for 14-15th June 2008.