12 September 2017
Recently, SERFCA arranged for 18 employers to attend Kent ACF Annual Camp as a pilot opportunity to showcase cadets to employers and to discuss how we can promote Apprenticeships to cadets in order to form a functional conduit between cadet forces and South East based employers.
During the visit employers had the opportunity to view training, to take part in discussion panels and hosted workshops, as well as taking the opportunity to speak to the cadets and also the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
With an increasing amount of employers signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant and with Kent ACF holding their Annual Camp in Folkestone, it provided a clear opportunity to invite employers to come and gain an increased understanding of the Cadet Forces but also for cadets themselves to become more aware of the vocational opportunities that are available to them within the South East.
The mix of Employers from a multitude of sectors, including construction and healthcare, alongside skills providers, such as colleges and training establishments, ensured that the discussions that took place were full and productive, with key action points taken away to be developed.
Event organiser Capt Jonathan Darrington-Slegg said ‘Apprenticeships are a great option for cadets to take up and we are simply attempting to establish a functional conduit between fully engaged defence friendly employers and the fantastic cadets that are part of the Army Cadet Force, the Air Cadets, the Sea Cadet Corps or the CCF.’
The feedback from employers has been extremely positive, with Mainstream Group subsequently securing funding of £100k to fund training opportunities for South East based cadets.
Inga Cook from APM – ‘It was a great opportunity to gain insight into cadet activities and a greater understanding of the skills and training cadets can obtain. These are definitely invaluable building blocks for life skills needed in today’s society. It was also a pleasure to meet and talk to the dedicated volunteers that serve to support and shape these young people.’