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Worth It's Weight in Gold: Air Cadet Staff Bags the Big one!

Article posted: Nov 19, 2011 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

An Air Training Corps member of staff is thrilled after recently completing his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson presented Sergeant (ATC) Matthew Leedham with the award on the evening of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron’s recent Wing inspection. The presentation was met by a standing ovation by fellow staff and Cadets in recognition of the effort, achievement and distinction the award represents. Sergeant Leedham recalls: “It’s taken a lot of effort and commitment to successfully complete the award, but it’s been very worthwhile and I’m sure that adding this to my CV will open a few more doors in the future.”

The world-renowned Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, open only to teenagers and young adults, provides a fantastic opportunity to volunteer, learn new skills and complete a variety of assessed outdoor activities. The scheme is awarded on three tiered levels of difficulty – Bronze, Silver and Gold. The awards are recognised and highly respected by further-education establishments and prospective employers alike, giving ‘D of E’ graduates a significant edge over other candidates in today’s competitive job market.

CI O Sartain-Berry
Squadron Media Officer