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Vocational qualifications

CVQO is a UK education charity providing internationally-accredited vocational qualifications to members of uniformed youth groups - including the CCF. 

The organisation aims to help young people and adult volunteers to receive recognition for the skills they learn at these groups in the form of qualifications that can be used to help gain places at college, university or even secure employment or apprenticeships.

CVQO-led qualifications, such as BTEC Certificates and Diplomas as well as leadership and management qualifications from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), are accessible to everyone, regardless of ability or skill, and best of all, they are generally provided free of charge to eligible cadets. 

Cadet awards 

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship (SCQF Level 4)

The CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship (SCQF Level 4) is intended for learners aged 13-15 and provides recognition of early cadetting skills that are often transferable into the world of work.

BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community (SCQF Level 5)

The CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community (SCQF Level 5) is achieved by thousands of youth group members each year

Learners develop a wide variety of skills including effective communication, career planning, the value of volunteering and character development.

It’s aimed at 16-18 year old cadets and is an ideal qualification to help strengthen higher education or job applications – it also looks great on a CV alongside school and college work.

BTEC Level 2 in Music for Practical Performance (SCQF Level 5)

The CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music for Practical Performance (SCQF Level 5) is a qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the music sector. As well as recognising your performance ability, you will learn a number of skills including event planning, research and presentation.

You will also learn a variety of employability skills such as teamwork and communication. Like the BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community, this is also aimed at 16-18 year old cadets.

Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications

Through our partnership with CVQO, a number of ILM qualifications in leadership and management are available for ages 14-18. Further information on these qualifications can be found here.

Adult awards

It’s not just cadets who can take advantage of these opportunities – adult instructors can too. There are a host of ILM or City & Guilds qualifications available at extremely cost-effective rates.

Visit the CVQO website here for more information.

Major Christopher Rondel of Wells Cathedral School CCF reflects on his CVQO-led City & Guilds PRA Level 7:

“In the teaching profession my MCGI in Leadership and Management has helped me to stand out from the crowd particularly when applying for more senior leadership roles.

“My experience gained as a Contingent Commander in the CCF will not always be understood by a potential employer but a Level 7 qualification from City & Guilds via CVQO will be universally understood and valued.

“If asked by a line manager to reflect on what went well and went wrong with an event I tend to focus more on the negative. Writing the reflective account opened my eyes to the many projects that have gone well in my time at Wells and I have vowed going forward to focus more on the positives.

"My passion is outdoor learning or “AT” and I plan to gain further qualifications to deliver this type of training that I believe can develop excellent leadership skills in young people. 

“Looking towards the future, I am aiming for a senior leadership position within teaching or outdoor learning.

“I firmly believe the qualifications offered by CVQO are the most valuable opportunities the cadet organisation provide to its adult volunteers.”