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CVQO Graduation Ceremony takes place at RMA Sandhurst

CVQO’s 2019 Graduation Ceremony for Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and direct candidates took place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Friday 18 October.

We were joined by graduates from the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, RAF Air Cadets, Combined Cadet Forces, St John Ambulance, Volunteer Police Cadets.

The 2019 ceremony welcomed graduates not just of our ILM Level 3, 4 and 5, and City & Guilds Professional Recognition Awards, but also of our BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training. As a relatively new qualification, we were delighted to see so many successful completions in its first two years, so felt it was only right to extend the invitation to them too.

CVQO also celebrated the achievements of some of our brilliant VQOs (Vocational Qualifications Officers) who do so much to help us deliver qualifications to young people within Cadet Force and youth groups every year.

CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge said: “Today we welcome graduates in the form of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers as well as direct candidates, from around the UK and beyond, to the home of the British Army where we will celebrate their achievements.

“Excitingly, we also welcome those who have completed our BTEC Level 3 Education and Training qualification this year. CVQO has been running this programme for two years now, so it feels right and proper that they are here with us too.

“Without adult volunteers, we simply would not be able to do what we do. They devote so much of their own time to running Cadet Force and youth groups around the UK and so it is appropriate that today we can congratulate them and say thank you.”

There was additional cause for celebration thanks to a set of awards given to candidates who had submitted exceptional pieces of work:

BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training
Lesley Ballard – Kent Wing RAF Air Cadets

CVQO and the Worshipful Company of Educators Awards for the Most Outstanding ILM Submissions

ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management
Samantha Clayton – Eastern Area Sea Cadet Corps

ILM Level 4 Award in Leadership and Management
Mark McPherson – London Wing RAF Air Cadets

ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management
Georgia Allen – Leicestershire, Northants & Rutland Army Cadet Force

CVQO Awards for the Most Outstanding City & Guilds Submissions

City & Guilds Level 4
Amber Henshaw – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force

City & Guilds Level 5
Oliver Rice – Writhlington School Combined Cadet Force

City & Guilds Level 6
Rachael Galloway, 2nd (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF

City & Guilds Level 7
Level 7 Membership: Mary Brennan Dorset & Wiltshire Wing RAF Air Cadets

2019 Lord Lingfield Medal
Matt Stewart – Trent Wing RAF Air Cadets