Four Air Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron have been presented with Business & Technician Education Council
(BTEC) Certificates totalling an equivalent of 16 additional GCSE's in recognition of their Academic studies in the Air Training Corps.
Three Cadets, Flight Sergeant Jenna Rodger together with Sergeant's Christopher Newbery and Dale McKeown have become the first cadets from the Nuneaton based Squadron to achieve the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services.
Former Cadet Sergeant Paul Brown and Sergeant Christopher Newbery have also been awarded BTEC Certificates in Aviation Studies.
BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, is a nationally recognised level 2 vocational qualification equivalent to 4 GCSEs Grade A-C. The award, which is certified by the exam body Edexcel and administered by the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO), is open to cadets over the age of 16, who complete written training assignments and gain success in a wide range of practical and theoretical leadership courses, sport, fitness, first aid, residential projects, expeditions, and adventurous training – including glider pilot training courses and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
The BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies is also a nationally recognised level 2 vocational qualification equivalent to 2 GCSEs Grade A-C. The certificate recognises the examination achievements of Air Cadets as they progress through the academic syllabus of aeronautical subjects taken whilst in the Air Training Corps. Recent changes to the way in which the Air Cadet Organisation administers the BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies mean that all Cadets will now automatically start their journey towards this qualification the moment they take their First Class Cadet examination and will receive the full award after three to four years on completion of their final Staff Cadet examinations.
Not only was this a very special evening for the BTEC recipients, who had completed their training, it was also a significant moment for eight other Nuneaton cadets, who were also awarded their First Class Cadet badges having successfully passed the first of four stages of examinations which could lead to them qualifying for their own BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies.
The BTEC awards and First Class badges were presented to the cadets by Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing Staff Officer Squadron Leader Bryan Coats who said, “It's great to see cadets gaining BTEC qualifications based on their hard work in the Air Training Corps. These are the first Nuneaton cadets to achieve the BTEC Diplomas and they have put in a lot of effort during their cadet career to reach this level of training and experience and are worthy recipients. Those eight cadets who have taken their First Class Cadet examination tonight have just completed one of the most important stages of their training which now entitles them to take part in a much wider range of Air cadet activities which could eventually lead to them receiving their own BTEC's”
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Training Officer for 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said: “The introduction of both the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services and the BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies are a significant step forward in the recognition of the academic achievements and experience gained by young people in the Air Cadet movement.
“All cadets who go on to complete all four examinable stages of our training syllabus will now receive a BTEC qualification equivalent to 2 GCSEs. And those like Christopher Newbery who choose to do the First Diploma in Public Services as well could go on to qualify for both BTEC's equivalent to a total of 6 additional GCSEs, and that's got to be a big plus for any young persons CV when applying for jobs and course places in the future.”
“Future employers and educational establishments accept these nationally recognised qualifications and I am delighted to say that Paul Brown, one of our former cadets who received his BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies tonight, has managed to get himself a place on an aeronautical engineering degree course at Coventry University on the strength of his newly acquired qualification”.