Major Andy Pilling, Company Commander, No 3 (Somme) Company
Cadets from No 3 (Somme) Company, joined Company Staff and Captain Townson, the County DofE Officer, on a zoom meeting, due to the ongoing COVID restrictions.
All Army Cadets aged 14 and above have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. This helps Cadets in their future, when applying for university and is highly sought after by employers. The Scheme set up many years ago by the late Duke of Edinburgh, offers young people the chance to gain new skills and enjoy new and varied opportunities.
Cadets who participate in the scheme have the opportunity to do both their cadet training and their DofE at the same time. Progressing from Bronze, Silver and the highly sought-after Gold Award. The Gold award is always presented at a Royal Palace by a member of the Royal Family. A day all cadets will remember.
Following a presentation on the DofE Scheme cadets and staff had the chance to ask questions about what they can do and what they can achieve taking part in the scheme. Senior cadets gave their positive experiences and spoke about how they had grown in confidence and increased their own skills and knowledge.
Following the session new cadets said they planned to enrol onto the scheme and those already taking part were enthused to carry on after the long year plus, in lockdown.
A huge thank you to Captain Townson for helping with the evening and the staff from the Company, who carry on supporting their cadets via the virtual world.
The Army Cadets and the DofE scheme offer young people great opportunities and the chance to gain experiences in so many different areas.