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CVQO and Holly Lodge CCF partner to provide qualifications to RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadets

We are thrilled to be working alongside Holly Lodge High School in Smethwick to provide CVQO qualifications to their new cohorts of Nursing Cadets.


Holly Lodge are currently the only CCF in the UK running the Nursing Cadets programme, which makes our partnership very notable and special. It is so important, particularly in the wake of the last year, that young people have access to experience and training that could pave the way for a career in nursing.

We spoke to Will Wyllie of Holly Lodge High School to find out a little more about the programme:

How many Nursing Cadets are currently at Holly Lodge?

“We have two cohorts at the moment: year 12 cadets, of which we have 14, and year 13 cadets, of which we have 15. Some were existing cadets and some have joined to do the RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadets Scheme.”

How does the scheme work, especially tying in with the BTEC Level 2?

“It is very similar to a CVQO course. There is 40 hrs of blended learning. The qualification includes different modules such as Health and Social Care, Manual Handling, Teamwork, Leadership, Infection Prevention, etc.

“The cadets complete a workbook and reflect on their experiences. They also complete a clinical placement in an area of their choice within the NHS.

“I believe many of the modules that the BTEC Level 2 has link directly in with the Nursing Cadets. The teamwork aspect is particularly important in the Nursing Cadets as it is in the BTEC. The BTEC also allows the Nursing Cadets to be Army Cadets too, if they choose.”

Could you tell us a little about the scheme in general?

“The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadets Scheme is sponsored by HRH Prince of Wales with the instruction that it is in partnership with uniformed youth organisations.

“Therefore all of our year 12 cadets are also CCF Army and the year 13 cadets are a mixture of CCF Army and RAF.

“The scheme has been running for a couple of years with the Welsh Army Cadet Force. This has now extended to the ACF in Devon and London and also St John’s Ambulance Cymru (Wales). Holly Lodge CCF is the first CCF in the UK to be involved.”

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