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 are accessible to everyone, regardless of ability or skill, and best of all are generally provided free of charge to eligible cadets.

Cadets can start their journey from the age of 13, with a Pearson BTEC Level 1, before progressing onto a Level 2 and then an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3.

In addition, all young people meeting the age criteria (16-18) who are enrolled on or have completed a BTEC Level 2 CVQO-led qualification (either ‘Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community’ or ‘Music for Practical Performance’) are eligible for entry into the annual CVQO Duke of Westminster Award competition. The ultimate prize is a two-week trip to South Africa – definitely something not to miss out on!

Adult volunteers (18+) can also study for a degree-equivalent City & Guilds Professional Recognition Award in four different levels as well as accrediting leadership training through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

For more information on CVQO qualifications, visit their website