14 May 2014

Army Cadets from Humberside & South Yorkshire ACF have been awarded with BTEC Diplomas in Public Services. The award recognises their achievements in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and gives them a qualification recognised by employers, colleges and universities.

The awards were presented by Honorary Colonel Tim Hollis, Former Chief Constable of Humberside Police. Colonel Hollis who is from Sheffield said “It’s fantastic to see so many young people achieving qualifications whilst perusing such a fun and exciting hobby.”

“I would also like to congratulate the adult volunteers who give so freely of their time and energy in supporting young people” He Added

Corporal Barnaby Peach from Hilsbrough Detachment took part in the BTEC programme. He said “Cadets is great! I get to do loads of fun activities and achieve qualifications at the same time. I have worked hard and am really pleased to have achieved the award. I hope it will demonstrate my skills and commitment, making my CV stand out against other young people my age”


With a little extra work on top of cadets usual fun activities, the BTEC award validates their volunteering and community commitment and provides them with a widely recognised and valuable qualification. Cadets take part in a study weekend which enables them to focus on their workbooks and take part in physical activities such as the Police standard fitness test.

“I really enjoy learning this way. The physical tests brought what we had learnt to life. It has stretched and challenged me beyond what I thought I could do” Said corporal Brandon Fulton from Birdwell Detachment

Cadets aged over 16 and adult instructors are encouraged to complete vocational training and development through BTEC qualifications led by CVQO, a UK-based educational charity commited to giving cadets and volunteers more opportunities in life. The qualifications can massively increase chances of getting a good job or entering further education.