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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



20 January 2016

Thousands of Sea Cadets across the United Kingdom are set to achieve a nationally accredited BTEC qualification in Teamwork, Personal Skills & Citizenship to boost their skills for employment, develop their communication and team work skills and help them become self-reliant.

In partnership with CVQO, from January 2016 those Sea Cadets aged 13 and over who reach the rate of Ordinary Cadet and rank of RMC1 for Royal Marines Cadets will automatically qualify for an Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills & Citizenship at no cost to the young person. The skills young people learn at Sea Cadets to reach the Ordinary Cadet and RMC1 rate support the Level 1 BTEC, like learning to lead a team, working with others and being an active member in the community.

The CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills & Citizenship is designed to provide 13-15 year olds the knowledge, understanding and skills that can help them in the workplace. The course will also help the young people to develop a range of employment skills and attributes that will support them in adult life. Learners will be tested on various subjects including, citizenship, health & wellbeing, self-reliance, effective communication and team work.

A recent Sea Cadet survey revealed that young people aged 12 – 18 stress about their future career about four times a week, and the number one worry for this age group is the pressure of whether they will pass their exams or not at the end of the year. By offering cadets the opportunity to gain a nationally accredited qualification, alongside the life skills they learn at their local Sea Cadet unit each week, will help to alleviate their worries by improving their employability, boosting their CV and confidence to give them a great head start in life.

Shelley Brown, the Lead Development Opportunities Officer at Sea Cadets, says: “It’s vital that the skills that young people learn at Sea Cadets is recognised through accredited qualifications and our partnership with CVQO does just that.

“The team work and confidence young people build through Sea Cadets can help them harness the challenges they face now to help them better navigate a career in whatever field they choose.”

Guy Horridge, CVQO Chief Executive, said: “I am incredibly excited to have agreed this partnership with the Sea Cadets and that we are now able to offer our life-changing qualifications to even more young people across the UK.

“Many of our existing learners have used their CVQO-led qualifications to gain access to further education or employment and I am sure we will only see this number increase in the coming months.”

Sea Cadets is a national youth charity working with 14,000 young people in 400 communities, 45% of which are in economically challenged areas. The charity offers a progressive training programme in a structured environment and gives young people the chance to challenge themselves through a range of nautical activities.

In the longer term the charity aims to have a positive impact on young people’s life chances through the activities it offers and the sense of identity being part of the Sea Cadets fosters. This includes: improving attendance and achievement in school, supporting post 16 destinations in employment and further education, enhancing long term well-being, contributing to a reduction of risky behaviours and increasing participation in communities.