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Air Cadets Gain Employability Skills!

2015-01-04 10:10:17
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By Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson RAFVR(T) - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets at 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron and have engaged in an Adventure Training Development Course over the past four months.  The course was designed to enhance employability skills and seen the youngsters engage in climbing, archery, expeditioning and numeracy.

In a week where reports have highlighted employers concerns regarding young people in the workplace, the Air Cadets has proven to be a fun learning environment for young people to gain skills in teamwork, communication, confidence, and mental agility to enhance employment opportunities.

The course took place over a four month period with the cadets taking part in each of the four areas. Cadet Corporal Ross Baptist, 17, of Benton said, “All of the activities were great fun but equally hard work at times. Being an Air Cadet has been hugely beneficial, not just from enjoying the opportunities available but also learning life skills, which have assisted me in gaining an apprenticeship at Rolls Royce.”

The climbing involved navigating around five different courses of increasing difficulty with the expeditioning involving the young people completing their respective Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition section. Archery increases physical awareness, concentration and self-discipline and the numeracy part of the course involved Second World War code-breaking by using everyday mathematics.

Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, said,“Adventure Training develops a range of skills and qualities which are not easily replicated in the classroom and our activities and qualifications support young people in education by enhancing their CV and supplementing their grades obtained. “Equally, it may be old-fashioned, but our young people will arrive on time appropriately dressed, with the correct equipment and will shake your hand and look you in the eye when engaging in conversation – values that are still pertinent today” added Gary. 

The training delivered at Longbenton Squadron earned the Squadron the Freedom of the Borough of North Tyneside and be recognised as the top performing Air Cadet Squadron in the UK.

Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members from the age 12 and in Year 8. Please visit www.2344.org.uk for further information.

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