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.”

Just about to...

put the finishing touches to the training sessions I will be giving starting tomorrow. I’m aiming to cover our new template, use, look & feel and also the new facilities offered by PowerPoint 2010.

No Ordinary School Day for students on the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme!

The Royal Navy online news is featuring a series of visits to RNAS Yeovilton by students on our Schools Programme. 

Read the article here

Leadership and Management Development at Ampleforth College

Last week, Ampleforth College ran their annual Probationary Monitors’ Induction Course, designed to select next year’s House Monitors from 49 Year 12 students who have demonstrated good leadership potential. 

The programme, which includes completing a CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management prepares them for leading students in the context of the College’s Benedictine ethos. 

This qualification has been well received by students and parents who recognise the benefit Leadership and Management qualifications have when applying for University or employment.

Read more about CVQO-led ILM qualifications

Read more about Ampleforth College

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.

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.


Following on from the Ashes…

another great event is coming to the Kia Oval - CVQO’s Adult Graduation Ceremony.

Everyone at CVQO is getting very excited about our Graduation Ceremony on the 11th October. The venue this year is the Kia Oval, home to Surrey County Cricket Club, one of the oldest Test match venues in the world and  host to many international and first class cricket fixtures.

We will be pondering some cricket trivia in the run up to the event, and starting a competition in October. Stay tuned for more news…

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.