Cadet instructors receive qualifications through CVQO

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Thirty-five cadet instructors from East Anglia were awarded their certificates at the annual ceremony for adult learners who have completed qualifications through CVQO.

The CVQO Graduation Ceremony took place in the historic setting of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst again this year, to formally recognise the achievements of youth group volunteers. CVQO has shared pictures of the graduation ceremony, uploaded the programme, and written about the highlights of the event. 

Chris Sharwood Smith CVQO awardChris Sharwood-Smith, newly appointed Army Cadet Force national training advisor, received a Special Recognition Award for the support he’s given to championing CVQO Awards via Army Cadet Force Bursaries and supporting all of our CFAVs in achieving their qualifications. 

CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge said: “For our graduates here today to find the time to do any of these qualifications where most have a busy work life, home life and cadet life is nothing short of amazing. But what is really fantastic is that each and every one is setting a great example to the cadets to show them that learning can be fun and also very rewarding.”

He added: “What they are doing is not just helping young people make the best of their lives, but also helping to create role models for the future.”

CVQO is an education charity offering vocational qualifications that recognise the work of adult volunteers within youth organisations. 

There are four levels of CVQO-led City & Guilds Professional Recognition Awards (Licentiateship, Affiliateship, Graduateship and Membership), each intended to recognise increasingly senior experience levels. 

From the East Anglia region, thirteen people were awarded a Level 4 Professional Recognition Award, making them Licentiaties of the City and Guilds of London Institute (LCGI). 

Fifteen people from our region achieved the Level 5 Professional Recognition award, giving them Affiliateship of the City and Guilds Institute. 

One Officer of the Beds & Herts ACF achieved a Master’s Degree equivalent, the Level 7 Professional Recognition Award (MCGI).  

One person from the Norfolk & Suffolk Wing RAF Air Cadets achieved a Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 award, and four people a ILM Level 4. 

Five people from our region have been recognised with a Vocational Qualification Officer certificates of recognition by the CVQO. 

Mr Chris Parkhouse DL and Cambs ACF cadet receiving awardFor cadets and other awards like Level 2 ILM, BTEC Level 2 and Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver, many groups will celebrate locally. Cambridgeshire ACF, for example, held a presentation evening which families could attend. 

Nominations for the CVQO Westminster Award are open until January 28th.