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Schools Partnership Project students from TPS and Bohunt School in Hampshire
A group of Schools Partnership Project students from TPS and Bohunt School in Hampshire visited Petersfield Hospital in early December to spend time with residents and help them decorate a ward, helping get them into the festive spirit. We talked to some of the students, along with Ginny Green, a senior teacher at the school.Listen

Mike Askem
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Connor Anderson
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Jake Lomas
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Georgia Brinkley
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Jordon Bertolaso
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Rebecca Dutton
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen



Piers Douglas
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Chloe Walsham
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Chloe Night
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Jonathan Farmer
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Sarah Ross
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Charlotte Ricketts
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen

Charlotte Callagham
Army, Air, Sea and Police Cadets gathered at Outposts in Somerset for CVQO?s 2016 Leadership Course. A record number of cadets joined us this year ? 64 up from 48 ? and a selection chatted to us about the experiences on the course and completing the ILM Level 3 qualification.Listen



Professor Simon Denny - University of Northampton
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

CVQO Chef Executive Guy Horridge
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

Mike Ryan
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

Chief Petty Officer Bill McCarthy
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

Major Linda Johnston
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

Flight Lieutenant Dave Emsley
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

Major Paul Johnson
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen



Lieutenant Stephen Louch
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

Flight Lieutenant Liz Mockeridge
CVQO Graduation Ceremony - Royal Military Academy SandhurstListen

51 Sea Cadets from 14 units across the London area celebrated receiving BTEC Level 1
51 Sea Cadets from 14 units across the London area celebrated receiving BTEC Level 1 qualifications in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship at a special ceremony held at HMS President near Tower Bridge. The qualifications were funded by the generosity of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers.Listen

CVQO - BBC Radio - House of Lords
CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge and 2016 Duke of Westminster winner Cameron McEleney interviewed by BBC Radio during the Duke of Westminster Award ceremony at the House of Lords.Listen

BFBS? Cadet of the Week slot - RSM Samuel Fuller
RSM Samuel Fuller of Kent ACF is featured on BFBS? Cadet of the Week slot, talking about his CVQO-led BTECs and the benefits of signing up.Listen

Lauren Thynne - XIX (19 Crawley) Squadron ATC
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Sophie Groves - Hampshire and IOW ACF
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen



Morgan Hina - Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadet Corps
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Dempsey Brown - 2 (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Kelly Miller - Haberdashers Askes Federation School CCF
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Megan Montford - Staffordshire Police Cadets
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Melissa Tap - West Moors Dorset ACF
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Liam Forbes - A company Durham ACF
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Cameron McEleney - 2535 Livingston Squadron ATC
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen



Gareth Hampton - Dundonald Sea Cadets SCC
CVQO?s 2016 Duke of Westminster Award winners met at a cadet training centre in Hammersmith to finalise preparations for their experience-of-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.Listen

Duke of Westminster Awards 2016 - House of Lords round-up
Catch up with all the key interviews from this year?s Duke of Westminster Award ceremony at the House of LordsListen

Lauren Thynne - XIX (19 Crawley) Squadron ATC
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

Morgan Hina - Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadet Corps
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

Dempsey Brown - 2 (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

Kelly Miller - Haberdashers Askes Federation School CCF
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

Megan Montford - Staffordshire Police Cadets
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen



Melissa Tap - West Moors Dorset ACF
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

Liam Forbes - A company Durham ACF
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

Cameron McEleney - 2535 Livingston Squadron ATC
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

Gareth Hampton - Dundonald Sea Cadets SCC
Finalist for the Duke Of Westminster Award 2016Listen

The 2016 Duke of Westminster Award selection
The 2016 Duke of Westminster Award selection event took place at Outposts in Somerset on 5-8 April. We caught up with CVQO chief executive Guy Horridge and a selection of the 27 cadets as they excitedly got to grips with the challenges ahead.Listen

George Binfield - 2344 Longbenton Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Jack Harries - 2167 Tredegar Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen



Stacey Harrington - 1440 Shoreham by Sea Squadon ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Fizz Scarratt - 1665 Oswestry Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Sophie Groves - Hampshire and IOW ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Dempsey Brown - 2 Battalion ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Gareth Hampton - Dundonald Sea Cadets SCC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Louis Cadden - HMS Collingwood VCC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Paulina Chojecka - London Fire Brigade Hackney Fire Cadets
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen



Jameel Campbell - Wanstead & Woodford Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Tommy Fuller - Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Khalil Ahmad - NW London ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Melissa Tap - West Moors Dorset ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Lia Doyal - Greater Manchester ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Matthew Brown - Northumbria ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Amy Cross - Flitwick and Ampthill Sea Cadets SCC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen



Bethany Fordye - 2504 Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Megan Montford - Staffordshire Police Cadets
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Chris Dueck - 2402 Burghfield Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Cameron McEleney - 2535 Livingston Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Lauren Thynne - 19 Crawley Squadron ATC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Caitlin McEllenborough - Nertherton 1 Company Merseyside ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Hannah Cross - Nottingham ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen



Liam Forbes - A company Durham ACF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Morgan Hina - Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets SCC
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Kelly Miller - Haberdashers Askes Federation School CCF
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Bradley Gollings - South Yorkshire Police Volunteer
Duke of Westminster 2016 selection weekListen

Trinity School in Carlisle
Schools Partnership Project students from Trinity School in Carlisle spent a day helping Eden Flood Volunteers, as Cumbria begins to return to normal following the recent flooding. BBC Cumbria were on site to capture the action.Listen

CVQO Schools Partnership Project graduation at Stoneleigh Park
Four Midlands schools teamed up to help regenerate part of the canal towpath at Knowle Lock near Solihull as part of their Schools Partnership Project experience. We caught up with students from Henley High School to find out how they got on.Listen

Schools Partnership Project experience - Knowle Lock near Solihull
Four Midlands schools teamed up to help regenerate part of the canal towpath at Knowle Lock near Solihull as part of their Schools Partnership Project experience. We caught up with students from Henley High School to find out how they got on.Listen



CVQO Leadership Course Somerset
Forty eight Army, Sea, Air and, for the first time Fire Service Cadets, from across the UK have been learning how to become leaders of the future at the annual week-long CVQO Leadership Course in Somerset. We caught up with a number of them to find out how they were getting on.Listen

The CVQO tenth anniversary graduation
The CVQO tenth anniversary graduation celebration took place at RMA Sandhurst today. We caught up with a number of award winners and guests at the event.Listen

DoW South Africa Trip
Hours before departing, the final nine give their thoughts on what?s in store for them in South Africa and how they?ve found the Duke of Westminster Award so far.Listen

Duke of Westminster Awards at the House of Lords.
CVQO has this week rewarded the hard work and dedication of its BTEC cadets at the annual Duke of Westminster Awards at the House of Lords. BFBS Radio?s Tim Humphries went along to meet them.Listen

Duke of Westminster 2015 winner announced at House of Lords ceremony
Duke of Westminster 2015 winner announced at House of Lords ceremonyListen

The Lord Lingfield
2015 DoW Awards House of LordsListen

Guy Horridge
2015 DoW Awards House of LordsListen



Joanna Baker
2015 DoW WinnerListen

Megan Turner
2015 DoW Regional AmbassadorListen

Matthew Hewish
2015 DoW EdExcell WinnerListen

Stephen Isherwood
2015 DoW ILM WinnerListen

Charlotte Sheppard
2015 DoW Lingfield MedalListen

Megan Hansen

CVQO is pleased to announce the Regional Ambassador for 2015 is Megan Hansen, of 2443 (Okehampton) Sqn. ATC.
After an intense public vote, which saw nearly 3,500 cast on the website and via text, Megan came out as the clear winner, receiving the crown from 2014?s Rebecca Varney.

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Alan Clark - Adult Learner
In support of Adult Learners Week 2015, we spoke to a selection of our professional development graduates to discover the reasons behind their enrolment and the impact a CVQO qualification has had on their lives.Listen



Heidi Blackwood - Adult Learner
In support of Adult Learners Week 2015, we spoke to a selection of our professional development graduates to discover the reasons behind their enrolment and the impact a CVQO qualification has had on their lives.Listen

Michael Davies - Adult Learner
In support of Adult Learners Week 2015, we spoke to a selection of our professional development graduates to discover the reasons behind their enrolment and the impact a CVQO qualification has had on their lives.Listen

Joanna Baker's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

Archie Edmunds's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

Stephen Isherwood's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

James Clarke's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

Rebecca Dewhurst's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen



Oliver Jones's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

Charlotte Sheppard's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

Amy Broomhead's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

Matthew Hewish's reaction to being chosen as a national finalist in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award 2015
Congratulations to the nine national finalists in the Duke of Westminster Award 2015. Hear their reactions to the announcement as they chat to Mike Chambers.Listen

Guy Horridge - BFBS
CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge is interviewed on Tim Humphries? BFBS drive time show, providing an update on the recent Duke of Westminster selection event in Somerset.Listen

Life after the Duke of Westminster Award
As they help out at this year?s selection event, previous finalists Megan Williams, Jordan Byrne and Hardit Parmar reflect on the impact the Award had on them and how the CVQO-led BTEC and ILM supported their future plansListen

Duke of Westminster Challenge Hots Up
Four days and many challenges tasked the 24 regional finalists at Outposts for the 2015 Duke of Westminster selection event in Somerset. we caught up with some of the candidates, James Bellamy (Outposts) and Guy Horridge (chief executive, CVQO).Listen



Matthew Hewish
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Amy Broomhead
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James Van Neste
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Charlotte Sheppard
21Listen

Grace McDonald
20Listen

Theodore Leigh
19Listen

Joanna Baker
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Emily Bethell
18Listen

Oliver Jones
17Listen

Matthew Baldwin
16Listen

Jacob Wood
15Listen

Benedict Mathieson
14Listen

Rebecca Dewhurst
13Listen

Megan Hansen
12Listen



James Clarke
11Listen

Rosina Chester
10Listen

Jesse Thompson
9Listen

Katy Jamison
8Listen

Oliver Griffiths
7Listen

Callum Thompson
6Listen

Stephen Postle
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Stephen Isherwood
4Listen

Lucy Gardiner
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Archie Edmunds
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Guy Horridge - BFBS Radio - 2015 Duke of Westminster Award
CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge speaks to Tim Humphries on BFBS Radio about the 2015 Duke of Westminster Award, youth organisations and vocational qualificationsListen

CVQO Schools Partnership Project
CVQO Schools Partnership Project students from Devizes School spent the day at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, discovering how the teamwork and communication skills they have been learning translate to real life in the Royal Navy.Listen

NEWS ROUND UP PART ONE - December
2014 news round-up part one: In the first half of our CVQO news round-up for 2014, we take a look back at some key moments that shaped the year, including new chairman Guy Horridge?s plans for the charity, the Duke of Westminster Award 2014 and some great moments on the Schools Partnership Project.Listen

NEWS ROUND UP PART TWO - December
2014 news round-up part two: In the second half of our CVQO news round-up for 2014, we hear from the Schools Partnership Project instructors, Michael Gove MP attends adult graduation at RMA Sandhurst and a group of cadets take part in a leadership and management course at Outposts in Somerset.Listen



Online marking introduced for new BTECs
As the new BTEC Level 2 qualifications are rolled-out to CVQO learners, behind the scenes there is much activity to develop the new online marking system. Head of Information Services, Richard Wallen, explains the exciting changes on the horizon.Listen

CVOQ-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course at Outposts Somerset.
46 cadets braved the elements to take part in the CVOQ-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course at Outposts Somerset. Mike Chambers caught up with Matthew Goodwin, Sarah Kemp, Andrew Dial, Gabrielle Bueser, Caitlin Jones and Emily Bird during their command tasks.Listen

CVQO?s registry manager, Dawn Palmer.
CVQO?s registry manager, Dawn Palmer, speaks to Mike Chambers about streamlining the charity?s student record process, along with some important and exciting information on the new CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 qualifications in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community and Music for Practical Performance.Listen

GREAT DAY FOR GRADUATES
Over two hundred people gathered at the historic Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst for the CVQO graduation ceremony. Mike Chambers spoke to a number of graduates but first caught up with Michael Gove MP who spoke about his support for the work of CVQO.Listen

Schools Project Instructors meet at Fort Blockhouse
CVQO Schools Project Instructors Steve Boycott and Susan Edwards give their views on a fantastic refresher course at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, and Project Lead Clinton Riley provides his hopes for the year ahead.Listen

DoW ? final update from South Africa
The cadets will be home later today, but before they left South Africa, three gave their last thoughts on a fantastic three-week expedition. Eloise Robertson, Hardit Parmar and Dominic Murray spoke to Mike Chambers.Listen

More adventures from the bush
More tales wonderful from the South Africa exped from the DoW finalists including big game sightings, eating impala stew and the smell of leopard urine! Daniel Wilkie, Elise Guillemot and William Bryars tell all to Mike Chambers.Listen



Cadets enjoy African adventure
A week into their expedition, the cadets are clearly already fully immersed in the experience. Mike Chambers caught up with Thomas Cliffe, Megan Williams and Eleanor van der Zanden for the inside story. There will be a further catch up podcast next Monday.Listen

Daniel Wilkie announced as Duke of Westminster winner
Daniel Wilkie, from Durham ACF, is revealed as the Duke of Westminster Award winner for 2014. Mike Chambers caught up with Daniel and others who attended the awards lunch at the House of Lords.Listen

Matravers students impress at Westminster
Students from Matravers School in Wiltshire travelled to the House of Commons yesterday to brief MPs on the CVQO schools Partnership Project. Mike Chambers started by talking to the event sponsor, John Glen, MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire.Listen

Victory for Varney
CSM Rebecca Varney has won the public vote to become the CVQO Regional Ambassador. Mike Chambers caught up with her just after the announcement.Listen

NEWS ROUND UP ? April
This month?s edition includes the build up to the Duke of Westminster Award House of Lords event, changes to the BTEC Level 2 and a chance to meet Mike Askem, the new Head of ILM at CVQO.Listen

William Bryars - 2 (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF
DoW national finalists announced William Bryrs is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen

Thomas Cliffe - Wiltshire ACF
DoW national finalists announced Thomas Cliffe is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen



Megan Williams - Filey Sea Cadets
DoW national finalists announced Megan Williams is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen

Hardit Singh Parmar - 2344 (Longbenton) Sqn ATC
DoW national finalists announced Hardit singh Pamar is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen

Eloise Robertson - 2509 (Chipping Sodbury) Sqn ATC
DoW national finalists announced Eloise Robertson is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen

Elise Gilliemot - T S Narvik Sea Cadets
DoW national finalists announced Elise Gillemot is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen

Eleanor van de Zanden - 129 (Tunbridge Wells) Sqn ATC
DoW national finalists announced Eleanor van de Zanden is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen

Daniel Wilkie - C Company Durham ACF
DoW national finalists announced Daniel Wilkie is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen

Amy Elias - Malvern College CCF
DoW national finalists announced Amy Elias is one of the nine national finalists in this year?s Duke of Westminster Award. Hear what they had to say during the selection event in Somerset last month.Listen



DoW 2014 - The challenge is on!
24 of the country's top cadets compete for place as one of nine national finalists in this years competition. Mike Chambers caught up with them deep in the Somerset countryside.Listen

Casterton celebrate success
Students at Casterton Business and Enterprise College celebrated the end of their CVQO schools partnership project course and their success in achieving the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 qualification. Mike Chambers spoke to the students, teachers, instructors and parents at the end of term event.Listen

NEWS ROUND UP ? March
This months CVQO news includes funding news from Wales, the CVQO Southampton Solent University bursary announcement and a look ahead to the Duke of Westminster selection days.Listen

NEWS ROUND UP ? February
An exciting photo-shoot and the schools project feature in February?s news round upListen

Strike a pose - cadets face the camera
Cadets spend an exciting day in a London photo studio to help promote the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1.Listen

NEWS ROUND UP ? January
Catch up with the January news from CVQO in this new monthly bulletin.Listen

New CEO, Guy Horridge, looks to the future
Just over a month in post, CVQOs new CEO, Guy Horridge talks about his approach to the job and gives his thoughts on the charity?s challenges for 2014 and beyond.Listen



CVQO awarded major DfE grant for schools project
Projects run by former armed forces personnel are to receive a further 4.8 million after research showed they were turning round the lives of thousands of young people. Education Minister Elizabeth Truss announced today (15 November) that six organisations, including CVQO, will receive the funding to build on previous work and support the Government?s commitment to drive up education standards. Mike Chambers visited the training course for the new CVQO instructorsListen

Charlotte May - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Anthony Thomas - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

James Blackbourn and Kirsten Butters - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

ILM Instructor Paul - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Dafydd, Charlotte and Victoria - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Celina Hernandez - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen



Ieuna Sandberg - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Toby Woodley - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Michael Payne - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Olivia Richardson - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Robson Fox - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Peter Greening - CVQO-led ILM Level 3
CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in SomersetListen

Cadets tackle leadership challenge
After the storm that battered the south west of England on Monday, finally the sun shone on the 43 cadets who took on the CVQO-led ILM Level 3 Leadership course in Somerset this week. Mike Chambers caught up with the cadets on a windy Quantock hillsideListen



A team effort
CVQO graduate, Shelley Whitehead and mum Linda take us back to how it all began and how research for the CVQO-led qualification fit around voluntary work, business and familyListen

Privilege of the presenter
CVQO Chairman, Lord Lingfield talks to Mike Chambers about the example adult volunteers set to the young people they lead and the privilege it is to present them with their certificatesListen

Well worth it!
CVQO graduate, Sam Morrell, reflects on how her qualification has helped her in her nursing career as well as with cadetsListen

Compliments from the boss
Employer Keith Millar outlines the benefits of the CVQO qualification to his employee, Simon Hunter, who graduated at the Kia OvalListen

Leading by example
CVQO employee Karen Barr and husband David speak about their motivation for taking the qualifications they promote as part of their work and cadet livesListen

Founding praise
Edward Woods, CVQO CEO and founder, praises the adult volunteers for their dedication in working for qualifications while maintaining their regular cadet voluntary activityListen

A Caribbean first for CVQO
The first female CVQO graduate from the Caribbean, Major Donna Nurse and Caribbean representative, Wallace Williams, chat to Mike Chambers about determination, achievement and supportListen



CVQO Graduation 2013
The highlight of the CVQO adult volunteer year, graduation, took place at the historic Kia Oval cricket ground in London. Mike Chambers caught up the graduates, but first Lord Lingfield welcomed the guests.Listen

Trustee Olga's Level 1 gift to cadets
CVQO trustee and former Derby air cadet, Olga Bottomley, returned to her old Squadron to present certificates after raising funds to support cadets to take the Level 1 qualification.Listen

Cadets glimpse the future
Cadets from Middx & NW London Sector ACF and Zulu Company Sea Cadets were given a glimpse into their potential future careers this week when the Southampton Solent University Career Coach rolled in to their annul camps at Crowborough and HMS Bristol.Listen

Seeking the big five
A full-day game drive following the big five game animals clearly had a big impact on the team. Gemma Smith, Kayleigh Fisher and Jordan Byrne pick out the best bits from day five of the South Africa expeditionListen

Kissing the croc! - DoW South Africa update
An exciting encounter with a crocodile, the excitement of boat trip watching hippos and making friends with spiders, snakes and scorpions - Jennifer Warwick, William Peck and Jared Berry regale the first three days in KwaZulu Natal.Listen

Jordan Byrne - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Winner
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 WinnerListen

His Grace the Duke of Westminster
His Grace the Duke of WestminsterListen



Jared Berry - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Susan Utting - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

William Peck - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Sophie Knight - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Gemma Smith - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Magnus Lee - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Kayleigh Fisher - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen



Jordan Byrne - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Jennifer Warwick - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Canterbury Cathedral hosts L1 presentations
CVQO celebrated the achievements of 91 Kent cadets, as they were presented with their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship at Canterbury Cathedral. Mike chambers caught up with proud parents and cadets, but to begin with he spoke to Lady Colgrain, from Kent Community Foundation, which has supported the CVQO-led BTEC level 1 programme.Listen

Enrolment update: Important changes announced
Dave Poke, head of public services, provides details for VQOs about the important changes to the CVQO enrolment regulationsListen

EXCLUSIVE ? Maj Gen Smith?s farewell to reservists
In part two of this exclusive interview with the retiring ACDS (R&C), Maj Gen Greg Smith talks about the vital role of reservists and what the future holds.Listen

Jeanne Peterson - CVQO Community Network & Fundraising Manager - Brighton Marathon 2013
CVQO Community Network & Fundraising Manager - Brighton Marathon 2013Listen

Anthony Shallow - Brighton Marathon 2013
After months of training, the Brighton Marathon 2013 is over. Team CVQO runner Anthony talks to Mike Chambers about the highs and lows and why he chose to run for CVQO.Listen



Paul Jefferies - Brighton Marathon 2013
After months of training, the Brighton Marathon 2013 is over. Team CVQO runner Paul talks to Mike Chambers about the highs and lows and why he chose to run for CVQO.Listen

Tom Meggison - Brighton Marathon 2013
After months of training, the Brighton Marathon 2013 is over. Team CVQO runner Tom talks to Mike Chambers about the highs and lows and why he chose to run for CVQO.Listen

Jemma Carraghan - Brighton Marathon 2013
After months of training, the Brighton Marathon 2013 is over. Team CVQO runner Gemma talks to Mike Chambers about the highs and lows and why she chose to run for CVQO.Listen

Chris Mansfield - Brighton Marathon 2013
After months of training, the Brighton Marathon 2013 is over. Team CVQO runner Chris talks to Mike Chambers about the highs and lows and why he chose to run for CVQO.Listen

Fred Hughes - Brighton Marathon 2013
After months of training, the Brighton Marathon 2013 is over. Team CVQO runner Fred talks to Mike Chambers about the highs and lows and why he chose to run for CVQO.Listen

Mark Lee - Brighton Marathon 2013
After months of training, the Brighton Marathon 2013 is over. Team CVQO runner Mark talks to Mike Chambers about the highs and lows and why he chose to run for CVQO.Listen

Charlie Cooper - Brighton Marathon 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: Maj Gen Greg Smith, ACDS (R&C) - Pt 1 Cadets
Major General Greg Smith, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), the senior reservist of the British Armed Forces is standing down from the role this year. In the part one of this exclusive interview for CVQO, he talks candidly about his career, cadetting, the valuable input from adult volunteers and the personal benefits they can derive from volunteeringListen

Connor Archer - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

DUKE OF WESTMINSTER SELECTION DAYS IN FULL SWING
It?s game on in Somerset for the 21 cadets who are competing to be the Duke of Westminster Award 2013 winners. In this first podcast, reporter Mike Chambers sets the scene and gets to know this year?s finalists.Listen

Jared Berry - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Alexander Bryant - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Jordan Byrne - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Bridget Donaldson - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen



Amy Kenny - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Gemma Smith - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Kayleigh Fisher - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Matilda Sherwood - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Nicholas Gibbs - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Sophie Knight - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Ravi Lad - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen



Magnus Lee - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Askshay Mandalia - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Susan Utting - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
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Henry Llewellin - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

William Peck - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Jacob Rosen - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Thomas Snell - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen



Clayton Stierl - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 FinalistListen

Jennifer Warwick - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 Finalist
CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2013 FinalistListen

Duke of Westminster 2013 ? One month to selection event
It?s only a month until the 21 finalists gather in the Quantock Hills for the challenging selection event. CVQO executive director, Guy Horridge talks to Mike Chambers about the Award and what the finalists can expect.Listen

Wise words about workbooks?
Workbooks are vital to success in the BTEC programme. CVQO regional operations manager Tara Young provides advice and guidance on how making sure this vital component is completed effectively.Listen

Horley cadets Level 1 success
Cadet in Horley, Surrey, have celebrated success in the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 programme. Clinton Riley speaks to Cllr Dorothy Ross-Tomlin (Surrey CC) and to Mark Legg, President of Horley Lions Club, who sponsored the cadets.Listen

CVQO in Wales ? making a real difference
CVQO-led BTEC qualifications continue to be an important part of the cadet experience in Wales where the Welsh Government provides vital funding through DCELLS. CVQO regional operations manager Lynne Davies explains why the funding is a good investment and how people can access the CVQO programme.Listen

DfE invest in alternative provision
As the government announce 1.9m investment for community educational youth projects, CVQO?s Clinton Riley recorded this interview with David Fugurally, Head of Alternative Provision at the DfE, at Challenger Troop?s awards evening.Listen



Challenger Troop awarded 700,000 government grant
CVQO training partner, Challenger Troop has benefitted from a new 2m Department for Education initiative to support young people - Simon Dean reveals all and Clinton Riley explains the importance for CVQO.Listen

Workbook Wisdom
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BTEC demand remains high in Scotland
Demand from Scottish cadets remains high Scotland. CVQO Ops Manager, Jim Black, explains why the qualifications are important in Scotland.Listen

Play on! Scottish cadets are in tune with CVQO
Music is a big part of cadetting in Scotland. Renowned piper and CVQO Ops Manager, Iain Lowther, expands on why the CVQO-led Level 2 BTEC in Music is such a good learning option.Listen

Scottish cadets encouraged to seek BTEC opportunities
Despite continued problems with funding in Scotland it?s still worth contacting CVQO to find out about the BTEC Level 2 Diploma opportunities, says CVQO?s Scotland Director, Martin Passmore.Listen

Laura Francis - ILM Level 3 challenges cadets - Gorseinon Young Firefighters
Despite the cold, rain and snow, fifty cadets from across the UK converged on the Brecon Beacons to work towards their ILM Level 3 in Leadership. Patrick Russell joined them on windswept Welsh hillside to see how they were getting on.Listen

Jonathan Stoner - ILM Level 3 challenges cadets - Army Cadet Force
Despite the cold, rain and snow, fifty cadets from across the UK converged on the Brecon Beacons to work towards their ILM Level 3 in Leadership. Patrick Russell joined them on windswept Welsh hillside to see how they were getting on.Listen



Lewis Clayton - ILM Level 3 challenges cadets - Army Cadet Force
Despite the cold, rain and snow, fifty cadets from across the UK converged on the Brecon Beacons to work towards their ILM Level 3 in Leadership. Patrick Russell joined them on windswept Welsh hillside to see how they were getting on.Listen

Carys Chambers - ILM Level 3 challenges cadets - Gorseinon Young Firefighters
Despite the cold, rain and snow, fifty cadets from across the UK converged on the Brecon Beacons to work towards their ILM Level 3 in Leadership. Patrick Russell joined them on windswept Welsh hillside to see how they were getting on.Listen

ILM Level 3 challenges cadets
Despite the cold, rain and snow, fifty cadets from across the UK converged on the Brecon Beacons to work towards their ILM Level 3 in Leadership. Patrick Russell joined them on windswept Welsh hillside to see how they were getting on. He spoke first to James Bellamy, from Outposts, about the week long course.Listen

CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Dr Dick Evans from City and Guilds talks about the long term partnership between C&G and CVQO
CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Dr Dick Evans from City and Guilds talks about the long term partnership between C&G and CVQOListen

CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Keeping it in the family! Husband and wife Kevin and Angela Stout talk about their joint love
CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Keeping it in the family! Husband and wife Kevin and Angela Stout talk about their joint love of cadetting and their day ay BRNC DartmouthListen

CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Trinidad Cadet Force volunteer Nigel Cumberbatch shares his thoughts on winning a special overs
CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Trinidad Cadet Force volunteer Nigel Cumberbatch shares his thoughts on winning a special overseas awardListen

CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Vanda Nicholls, from Glasgow, on her second year attending the CVQO Graduation Ceremony
CVQO Graduation: Part 2 Review Vanda Nicholls, from Glasgow, on her second year attending the CVQO Graduation CeremonyListen



GRADUATE SWAPS GOWN FOR FUNDRAISING VEST
CVQO Graduate Anthony Swallow took time out of training for the Brighton marathon to attend the graduation ceremony last week and tells Patrick Russell why he and colleagues from SERFCA are planning to run 26 miles to raise funds for CVQO.Listen

EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP AGREED WITH UNIVERSITY
Southampton Solent University and CVQO have signed an exciting partnership accord that for the next three years will provide a scholarship bursary for a CVQO learner and provide better opportunites for CVQO learners to access the University's cources. Prof Van Gore, Vice Chancellor and Edward Woods, CVQO chief executive, shrea their thoughts on his new venture.Listen

CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review CVQO Chairman Lord Lingfield talks about his experience at his first CVQO graduation event
CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review CVQO Chairman Lord Lingfield talks about his experience at his first CVQO graduation eventListen

CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Lynne Dillerstone shares her delight at winning the C&G Outstanding Graduate Award
CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Lynne Dillerstone shares her delight at winning the C&G Outstanding Graduate AwardListen

CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Graduate Sian Scholes gives her thoughts on the graduation day at BRNC Dartmouth
CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Graduate Sian Scholes gives her thoughts on the graduation day at BRNC DartmouthListen

CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Daniel Davis talks about this ILM Outstanding Achievers Award
CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Daniel Davis talks about this ILM Outstanding Achievers AwardListen

CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Martin Cross, Master of the Company of Educators, on his experience at BRNC Dartmouth
CVQO Graduation: Part 1 Review Martin Cross, Master of the Company of Educators, on his experience at BRNC DartmouthListen



Injured airman celebrates double award for achievement An RAF serviceman from Gloucester who was injured while serving in Afghan
Injured airman celebrates double award for achievement An RAF serviceman from Gloucester who was injured while serving in Afghanistan has celebrated achieving a CVQO-led Institute of Leadership and Management Award and the chairman Award at the CVQO graduation ceremony at BRNC DartmouthListen

Sea Cadets Level 1 Success Maidstone Sea Cadets are the latest to receive their Level 1 BTEC certificates. PO Samantha Stevens t
Sea Cadets Level 1 Success Maidstone Sea Cadets are the latest to receive their Level 1 BTEC certificates. PO Samantha Stevens tells CVQO?s Clinton Riley how the Level 1 has helped her son, Callum Helwege, (14), overcome some of the challenges of living with autism and Commanding officer, Sub Lt Nicholas Gilks, expands on the value of the qualification to all cadets.Listen

Duke of Westminster 2013 ? nominate now Nominations are now open for the 2013 Duke of Westminster Award. CVQO executive direct
Duke of Westminster 2013 ? nominate now Nominations are now open for the 2013 Duke of Westminster Award. CVQO executive director Guy Horridge explains more about this prestigious annual AwardListen

Eurobond sponsorship success for Level 1 Flight Lieutenant Hannah Fulford, Commanding Officer 2230 (Sittingbourne) Squadro
Eurobond sponsorship success for Level 1 Flight Lieutenant Hannah Fulford, Commanding Officer 2230 (Sittingbourne) Squadron ATC, talks about the direct success of level 1 with cadets and Simon Dearing, MD of Eurobond Adhesives, tells CVQO?s Clinton Riley why he has generously sponsored the Level 1 programme.Listen

Behind the scenes: PS Admin The engine room behind the smooth administration of the BTEC award, PS Admin is a vital part of
Behind the scenes: PS Admin The engine room behind the smooth administration of the BTEC award, PS Admin is a vital part of CVQO. Team Leader Dawn Palmer reveals what goes on behind the scenes.Listen

Latest Public Services L2 Update Dave Poke, Head of L2 Public Services provides an important update on the CVQO Level 2 BTEC p
Latest Public Services L2 Update Dave Poke, Head of L2 Public Services provides an important update on the CVQO Level 2 BTEC programme. For more information log on to cvqo.orgListen

CVQO launches Level 1 BTEC in Gibraltar The newly formed Gibraltar Army Cadets have taken up the CVQO led Level 1 BTEC. Officer
CVQO launches Level 1 BTEC in Gibraltar The newly formed Gibraltar Army Cadets have taken up the CVQO led Level 1 BTEC. Officer Commanding, Alan Montegriffo, explains the impact this will have on the cadets.Listen



Air Cadets face selection challenge CVQO?s Clinton Riley talks to Flt Lt Tony Stevenson before the start of the Air Cadet Juni
Air Cadets face selection challenge CVQO?s Clinton Riley talks to Flt Lt Tony Stevenson before the start of the Air Cadet Junior Leaders course selection weekend at Beckenham Camp (08 Sept 12).Listen

Level 1 Update: Lordswood Boys School in Birmingham have launched their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Citizenship and P
Lordswood Boys School in Birmingham have launched their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Citizenship and Personal Skills. CVQO?s Clint Riley talks to Howard Blackburn of the school?s CCF about the impact this will have on the 45 students who have signed up.Listen

Meet the Trustees ? Andy Meehan
Trustee Andy Meehan talks about his modest beginnings, graduating from Oxford and his professional background in finance prior to joining CVQO?s board of Trustees.Listen

C&G Adult Awards - Update
The City & Guilds Awards have been revised and re-branded ? CVQO?s Head of Adult Qualifications, Lorraine Hearsey, explains what this means for adult learners.Listen

Meet the Trustees ? Keith Baldwin
Former air cadet, engineer and management consultant Keith Baldwin talks about his involvement with CVQO and his hopes for the future of the charity.Listen

Meet the Trustees - Olga Bottomley
From being a teenage cadet, taking a BTEC and now as a Trustee of CVQO, Olga Bottomley shares her story.Listen

Jeremy Wilson - Commandant Kent ACF
CVQO and dignitaries from across Kent.Listen



Connor Willis - CVQO BTEC L1 Presentations ( Kent Police )
Connor Willis was presented with his BTEC Level 1 qualification by CVQO and dignitaries from across Kent.Listen

Meet the Trustees - Shara Atkinson
From CVQO employee to Trustee, Shara Atkinson talks to Patrick Russell about her CVQO journey.Listen

Des Keers - Police - CVQO BTEC L1 Presentations ( Kent Police )
Superintendent Des Keers of Kent Police discusses why he fully endorses CVQO?s BTEC Level 1 programme, at a special presentation held at Kent Police Headquarters, Maidstone.Listen

Bryn Price - Kent Peoples Trust - CVQO BTEC L1 Presentations ( Kent Police )
Bryn Price, of the Kent Peoples Trust, was present last night at a CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 presentation for cadets, and discusses why the trust was keen to fund CVQO.Listen

Danielle Bird - CVQO BTEC L1 Presentations ( Kent Police )
Maria Bird was present at a special event to see a group of young air and army cadets achieve their CVQOI-led qualifications in Kent, including her daughter Danielle.Listen

Maria Bird - CVQO BTEC L1 Presentations ( Kent Police )
Maria Bird was present at a special event to see a group of young air and army cadets achieve their CVQO-led qualifications in Kent, including her daughter Danielle.Listen

Roy Meachum - CVQO BTEC L1 Presentations ( Kent Police )
Rory Meachum discusses why his son, 13 year old Rory, joined the air cadets, and how his CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 qualification will put him in good stead to become a pilot.Listen



Rory Meachum - CVQO BTEC L1 Presentations ( Kent Police )
13 year old Rory, joined the air cadets, and how his CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 qualification will put him in good stead to become a pilot.Listen

Changes to Scotland funding
Recent changes to educational funding in Scotland will potentially have a huge impact on CVQO learners. Chief Executive Edward Woods discusses the steps CVQO is taking to find a solution.Listen

Pippa Haines - SSU Scholarship winner - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012
With fingers crossed that she gets the grades, Pippa Haines talks about winning the CVQO Scholarship to Southampton Solent University.Listen

Sue Richardson - Edexcel - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012
Sue Richardson talks about the value of the BTEC qualification and its importanceto cadetting and the CVQO programme.Listen

Karen Read - ILM - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012
Karen Read highlights the part the ILM plays in the DoW Award and the special relationship between CVQ and ILMListen

Martin Bell and Kate Adie - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012
CVQO Patrons Martin Bell and Kate Adie talk about the value and importance of cadeting and CVQO.Listen

CVQO DUKE OF WESTMINSTER 2012 AWARD WINNER
CVQO is proud to announce the outstanding achievements of Mid Shipman Lloyd Glanville, 19, from Hull, who was named today as the winner of the educational charity?s prestigious Duke of Westminster Award. At the ceremony and luncheon at the Ironmongers? Hall in London, Lloyd was presented with the Duke of Westminster Award by Admiral the Right Honourable the Lord West of Spithead for his commitment to his time as a member of the air cadets, and to his community.Listen



Debra Glanville - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012
Proud parent Debra Granville talks about her DoW Award winning son sea cadet Lloyd GlanvilleListen

ILM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - SERGEANT MAJOR PRECIOUS OYELADE
During the ceremony, one other winner announced was 19 year old Sergeant Major Precious Oyelade from South East London army cadets, who was named winner of the ILM Achievement Award.Listen

Pippa Haines - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Catherine Clayton - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Precious Oyelade - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Lloyd Glanville - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Adam Hughes - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen



James Bamforth - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Fraser Hiorns - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Jessica Garrod - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Jessica Bradshaw - CVQO Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Finalist
Duke of Westminster Award 2012 - From thousands of cadets, hundreds of nominations, to 21 shortlisted, nine finalists and eventually the one winner, the lunch held at the Ironmongers' Hall, London is the highlight of the competition.Listen

Meet the Trustees - Lord West Pt 2
In part two, Lord West talks in detail about his role as Chairman, the value of CVQO and the important role of Trustees.Listen

Meet the Trustees - Lord West Pt 1
In the first of two podcasts the soon to retire CVQO Chair of Trustees, Lord Alan West talks about his background and shares thoughts on the anniversary of the Falklands war when he commanded HMS Ardent which was sunk in Falkland Sound thirty years ago.Listen

David Harris ? The ILM factor
Leadership and management play a big part in the Duke of Westminster selection, which is why the ILM Level 3 qualification is part of the process. CVQO Regional operations manager, David Harris discusses the all important ?ILM factor?.Listen



Rachel Tresman ? what winning meant to me
2010 Award winner Rachel Tresman talks to Patrick Russell about winning the Duke of Westminster Award and what it has meant to her.Listen

Duke of Westminster selection days ? the finalists stories
John Baillie, James Bamforth and Jessica Bradshaw talk about the Duke of Westminster Award selection days experienceListen

Duke of Westminster selection days ? the finalists stories
Thomas Brunger, Matthew Burton and Catherine Clayton talk about the Duke of Westminster Award selection days experienceListen

Duke of Westminster selection days ? the finalists stories
Daniel Dotchin, Cyrus Fan and Jessica Garrod talk about the Duke of Westminster Award selection days experienceListen

Duke of Westminster selection days ? the finalists stories
Lloyd Glanville, Pippa Haines and Leon Holt talk about the Duke of Westminster Award selection days experienceListen

Duke of Westminster selection days ? the finalists stories
Adam Hughes, Mark Hutton and Jordan McCellan talk about the Duke of Westminster Award selection days experienceListen

Duke of Westminster selection days ? the finalists stories
Lucinda Rhodes and Katie Simpkin talk about the Duke of Westminster Award selection days experienceListen



GMACF Easter camp BTEC landmark
A great effort by Greater Manchester ACF who signed up 100 cadets to the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 at their Easter camp. Patrick Russell talks to County Commandant Col Mike Glover about the importance of BTEC qualification and the wider value of the cadet experience.Listen

GMACF commit to BTEC benefits
Lt Col Glyn Potts, of GMACF, talks to Patrick Russell about why GMACF has committed to supporting the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 qualification and what it will mean for the cadetsListen

Game on! The Duke of Westminster selection days 13m 23s
After an initial 300 nominations, 21 finalists were chosen to take part in a gruelling 36-hour selection event run in partnership with outdoor adventure specialists Outposts, based in the Quantock Hills, Somerset. Patrick Russell talks to the some of the finalists, to Guy Horridge from CVQO and first, to the Duke of Westminster about why he lends his name to his prestigious award. Who will be the nine winners? Watch this space!Listen

Harry Lane - 2011 Duke of Westminster Award Winner
The participants, all members of UK youth organisations, have been chosen to compete in the last round of selection for the Duke of Westminster Award 2012. The prestigious competition is organised by CVQO and sponsored by the organisation?s patron, the Duke of Westminster. Not only are the hopefuls competing for the highest accolade of being named winner, but also for a place as one of the top nine learners to participate in a three week expedition to South Africa. The event will test communication, teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of demanding physical and mental tasks. This year, 250 entrants were nominated for the award. These are young people who possess a wide range of skills and abilities and have overcome personal challenges, as well as demonstrating a consistently high level of commitment to their communities and their peers. In addition, the activities undertaken during the challenge will meet the criteria for each candidate to achieve a Level 3 Award in Leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management.Listen

Guy Horridge - BSc MSc MBA FCMI - Executive Director - CVQO - Duke of Westminster Awards 2012 Selection Day
The participants, all members of UK youth organisations, have been chosen to compete in the last round of selection for the Duke of Westminster Award 2012. The prestigious competition is organised by CVQO and sponsored by the organisation?s patron, the Duke of Westminster. Not only are the hopefuls competing for the highest accolade of being named winner, but also for a place as one of the top nine learners to participate in a three week expedition to South Africa. The event will test communication, teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of demanding physical and mental tasks. This year, 250 entrants were nominated for the award. These are young people who possess a wide range of skills and abilities and have overcome personal challenges, as well as demonstrating a consistently high level of commitment to their communities and their peers. In addition, the activities undertaken during the challenge will meet the criteria for each candidate to achieve a Level 3 Award in Leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management.Listen

Level 1 BTEC gets huge support in Manchester
100 cadets from Greater Manchester have signed up for the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 during their Easter camp. Patrick Russell spent a day with GMACF at their Holcombe Moor training centre talking to cadets, Commandant Col Mike Glover and, first of all, Lt Col Glyn Potts about why GMACF have decided to make such a commitment to the CVQO programmeListen

Play on! CVQO-led BTEC Music Diploma hits the right note
The highly popular CVQO-led BTEC Music Diploma is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring musicians to gain and internationally recognised qualifications, for free, through their cadet activities. CVQO?s Head of Music Ali Bowen-Davies talks about why this qualification is a must anyone with an interest in music and why early registration is vital.Listen



Edward Woods - Chief Executive- CVQO
The government has recently made some significant changes to the way it measures the value of vocational qualifications. Historically the relative value of a vocational qualification ? such as the Edexcel BTEC Diploma offered by CVQO ? was measured by an equivalency to GCSEs. Following the Wolf Report (Prof Alison Wolf, 2011) hundreds of vocational qualifications had their GCSE equivalence changed and some had them removed altogether. The result is that some people have wrongly assumed that because certain BTECs no longer have the same GCSE equivalence that they are worth less to the learner. Edward Woods, chief executive, discusses how the CVQO-led Edexcel BTEC qualifications stand as a valued qualification in their own right, how they are recognised by employers as being valuable for many roles and in some cases they are the primary qualification for entry to some industries.Listen



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