Cadets become Leaders

Our 1st County Training Wing Non Military training weekend was busy with Leadership qualifications and One County Music practicing together

19 July 2019

On a busy weekend in July, Cadets and Adults were working hard but also to the sound of music!

24 cadets aged 14 to 16, mostly from E Company this time were working with a team of 4 staff from CVQO to gain their Institute of Leadership and Management Level 2 in Leadership, called "Young Leaders". This is the first step on their journey to gaining many more qualifications which are recognised by civilian employers and will give our cadets a boost when applying for their future careers.

The Young Leaders qualification is not just work book orientated but the cadets do some theory and then put the theory into practice with activities. Throughout the weekend they have to learn what a leader is and does and put the new knowledge into practice. They cover items such as problem solving, SWOT analysis and SMART objectives. The work cadets have also completed as part of their APC syllabus will also cross matrix into some of the areas that the qualification needs.

The CVQO team also held a Work and Apprentice ready weekend for some of our senior cadets. This was a very busy weekend for our seniors and with thanks to Northamptonshire Logistics Forum also free for them. Over the weekend they worked on: their Level 2 BTEC in Leadership, how to improve their CV, interview skills, had a workshop with the Logistics Forum, gained a BTEC Level in Food Safety and Hygiene, completed a STEM workshop, had an employability check with the team and worked on how to make themselves more employable and were given introductions into Apprenticeships that are available and would suit their after school options.

Whilst all the above was occurring in and outside the buildings the One County Music team were, for the first time since annual camp last year playing together as "one unit". It is really important that all 6 areas with musicians come together a couple of times a year to make a cohesive unit. It enables them to not only refresh their friendships but by playing with other members they improve their skill base, learn to adapt to varying skill styles and learn so much from each other. Whilst the first play together needed a little work occurring by the end of the weekend they were playing together as though they had always played together. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the cadets and instructors skill levels.

The One County Music team had nothing but praise from all the CVQO staff, most had never heard them play before but were really impressed by he quality of their skills.

As the weekend was over London Pride weekend, and with LNR displaying its equality, diversity and acceptance banner for the first time the team decided to have their own mini Pride Parade in the evening which was supported by all the cadets and adult on site.

To continue with our adult development we also had a Duke of Edinburgh's training session for our adults over the weekend, this will assist us in facilitating more cadets getting their DofE at all three levels and improve the quality of support we can give them.

The weekend was an amazing success and our next one will be in October, we are working on getting our IT suite completed so we can also have cadets come and work on their iDEA award on that weekend too.

For more information about CVQO and gaining a qualification that is recognised by civilian employers talk to your Area Rep/DC and you can also visit their website:

For gaining a DofE qualification again you can talk to your local Rep/DC or click this link for more information:

If you are musically minded or just wish to try out to see if you are able to learn to play visit your local One County Music Detachment and see what you can do!