Local Warrant Officer Recognised for his Achievements.

Here at 51 Orton Squadron we are always singing the praises of our Cadets and the staff often go unrecognised for their hard work and commitment; but not this time. We are proud of the achievement that our Warrant Officer Chris Bone has completed when he was one of over eighty volunteering cadet instructors who were rewarded for their community based learning achievements by educational charity CVQO on Friday.

WOBoneGradAdmiral the Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead presented the cadet leaders with Licentiateship, Graduateship and Membership Awards, along with a host of other qualifications to a record number of graduates, at the annual CVQO graduation ceremony. The event was held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Surrey, in the presence of colleagues, families and dignitaries.

Chris, an Anglian Water employee, says “It’s some time since I last did any exams and I wanted to challenge myself to complete this CVQO led award. I benefited from supported paid leave from Anglian Water – it meant that I could attend training opportunities which all went to make up the Graduateship” 

Each graduate was presented with a City and Guilds accredited senior award in youth management and training. These awards are comparable to A Level, degree or higher qualifications, achieved through tireless volunteer work with the nation’s youth in organisations such as the air, sea and army cadets. Successful completion of these awards recognises at least five years of volunteering, professional development and youth management experience. 

Secretary of State for Education Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP was present at the ceremony and afterwards said “This is a fantastic day, a day to celebrate the achievements of men and women who have given their time to help young people. The Army, Air and Sea Cadet organisations are an outstanding example of the best of British. They provide young people with a sense of discipline, a chance to be part of a team and the opportunity to gain skills which will help them to be successful on whatever path they choose in life.  Edward Woods, Lord West and CVQO do a great job and I am deeply grateful for their work whereby cadets can acquire meaningful qualifications. Today we celebrate the adult volunteers who give so much of their time for young people.”  

As a leading provider of practical and alternative education, CVQO believes that lifelong learning is a priority and that years of selfless volunteering with the nation’s young people should be properly acknowledged. The awards administered by the charity reflect the hard work put in and the expertise developed by these leaders, giving each graduate key skills that can be recognised and applied in the workplace.

51 Orton Squadron are currently not only recruiting cadets but also Staff, Civilian Instructors and Civ Com members alike, for more information go to www.51sqnatc.co.uk or call us on 07710 608711