What we do

CVQO is a UK-based vocational education charity and learning provider

  • CVQO was founded in 2001 to provide vocational qualifications to members of UK youth groups and their adult volunteer instructors.
  • Back then, CVQO stood for ‘Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation’, but now we’re just CVQO. This is because we now work not just with cadets, but with many other types of youth groups and schools.
  • Our head office is based in Camberley, Surrey, but we have a team of staff who look after our learners from all around the UK
What does CVQO do?

Put simply, we recognise the skills young people and adult instructors practice every day in organisations such as the MOD Cadet Forces (think Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, RAF Air Cadets, Combined Cadet Force) and accredit them with vocational qualifications. We work with all sorts of uniformed youth groups, as well as schools and colleges.

These are typically focused on areas such as public services, adventurous training, music, teamwork, leadership and management.

These qualifications, accredited by Pearson BTEC, ILM and City & Guilds can be used to boost CVs, gain places in higher education or secure employment.

The best thing about our qualifications is that they are more often than not delivered at no cost to the learner. And where there is a registration fee, it’s heavily subsidised and much more affordable than studying directly.

Being involved with CVQO has broadened my horizons beyond the bounds of inner city London where I grew up. The interview practice and feedback that constituted part of the CVQO-led BTEC curriculum provided me with a foundation that I used in preparation for my interview at the University of Cambridge.

Precious Oyelade, 2012 CVQO Duke of Westminster Award finalist