Honour for Duke of Westminster Air Cadet

An Air Cadet from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron has been formally appointed as the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Cambridgeshire.  Cadet Warrant Officer Jess Bradshaw received the honour from former Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Gordon Moulds during the recent Wing Parade held at RAF Wyton.

The role of Lord-Lieutenant involves presiding at various civic and social events and presenting medals and awards on behalf of The Queen.  As Lord Lieutenants Cadet, Cadet Warrant Officer Bradshaw will attend various functions to assist the Lord Lieutenant as he executes his duty and has already greeted Her Majesty The Queen on her arrival at Burghley House as part of her diamond jubilee tour.

Since joining the Air Cadets Cadet Warrant Officer Bradshaw has gained all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC awards, first aid qualifications, completed the Nijmegan military marches, gained a communicators badge and completed a gliding scholarship plus much more.  Most recently she discovered she had been nominated for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year awards known as the YOPEYs and is a finalist in the Duke of Westminster award.  With this she is currently  in South Africa for three weeks in July. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Jess Bradshaw said

“To be selected from all the cadets across Cambridgeshire for this prestigious honour is really exciting and one of the highlights of my cadet career.  Representing the Corps, my Squadron and I in this way is a reason to be very proud”

Flight Lieutenant Richard Slack added

“What Jess has achieved is truly remarkable and serves as good motivation to the younger cadets of what they can achieve if they are motivated and driven.”

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Welcome to our markers!

Today we welcomed our BTEC Level 2 markers from the Teamwork and Personal Development course. We will be covering standardisation and the new online marking system. 

Are we nearly there yet?

Yes! Just one more sleep until the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award Regional Finalists assemble in Somerset at Outposts UK for the selection event. Selection lasts from Tuesday until Friday and candidates will take part in lots of exciting and challenging activities. We are hoping to keep you informed of how things are going via our social media accounts - signal willing!During the event CVQO will assess the candidates and select 9 National Finalists who will go to South Africa later this year.Stay tuned for further updates…

CVQO Video Interview with Regional Ambassador, Rebecca Varney 

Rebecca tells us about the experience of the Duke of Westminster Award 2014 and what it has meant to her. She explains how she hopes it will help her with her plans to become a police officer and how it felt to be nominated by her Commanding Officer. 

Watch the video on our website

Also, consider that this could be a cadet from your unit next year - nominations are open until 8th December on our Duke of Westminster Page.


Cadets are Piping hot!

The Cadet Forces Pipes and Drums, most of whom have completed a CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music, were invited to perform at a unique football match between Heart of Midlothian and Falkirk last weekend.

The match commemorated the 16th Royal Scots Battalion, raised in Edinburgh shortly after the start of the Great War. They provided musical support to the event, at which all personnel were invited guests.


Joint BTEC Workbook Day

Last weekend Karen Barr, CVQO Regional Operations Manager East ran a BTEC Workshop day for Barnsley SCC and 148 Sqn Barnsley ATC. A joint operation! If you would like a similar workshop then please contact your Regional Operations Manager.

The Lord Lieutenant of Berskshire Awards Presentation 

The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mrs Mary Bayliss, presented Lord Lieutenant Certificates to members of the Reserve Forces, appointed her four new Lord Lieutenant Cadets for 2013/14. 

The Lord Lieutenant also awarded BTEC Awards in Public Services to members of the Berkshire Army Cadets and for the second year running presented an award to Berkshire’s best Reservist. 

A special employer award was also presented to Berkshire based Systems Consultants Services Ltd, in Theale.

The Ceremony was held at on Thursday 26 September at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Madjeski Stadium in Reading.