The squadron has a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers, each supported by training and mentoring. If you are aged 20 years or over, why not get in touch!
Our different roles are explained below.
Many parents, family members, and friends get a great deal of enjoyment and fun out of assisting the squadron as members of the Civilian Committee. They meet once every six weeks, under the direction of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, and so you can help without committing too much of your time.
There are other aspects that civilian committee members can help out with:
- Running the squadron canteen on a parade night.
- Arrange fundraising events for the squadron.
- Make links with the local community, either for training opportunities and events or for sponsorship.
- Help plan the squadron's annual dinner and presentation evening.
- Assist with training on the squadron.
- General support at cadet events (e.g. visits, sports competitions).
- Driving cadets to events.
The most common volunteer designation in the RAF Air Cadets is Civilian Instructor - it's a varied role allowing you to use your skills where they best fit. You can give as much or little time as you can, and you don't need any formal qualifications - just enthusiasm that's infectious.
Many cadets go straight into volunteer roles when they leave at 20 years old - often they feel that they can 'give back' their great experiences to a new generation of young people.
Your role is vital to the success of our cadets. You'll see your dedication and effort pay-off in the achievements you inspire amongst our members. But it isn't just the cadets that benefit - you'll get involved in many squadron activities and have the same kinds of opportunities as cadets to develop your leadership skills and gain qualifications in things such as mountain leadership, First Aid and NVQs that may be useful to you in your career. You'll also have as much fun as the cadets do!
And it doesn't stop there. If you choose, you may apply to become a sergeant or an officer. As an Air Cadet officer you can claim up to 28 days’ volunteer allowance per year and work your way up through the ranks in a similar manner to the RAF.
Our volunteers say they gain a huge sense of achievement from helping young people realise their potential. Why not give it a try?
Training and Qualifications
It's not just the cadets that we like to see excel. We lead by example, and only by having fully trained, qualified and capable staff can we encourage confident, responsible cadets. We’ll supply all the training you require for the activities you assist with or lead, including health and safety, first aid and leadership courses which are essential to a safe environment in which the cadets can be physically challenged with adventurous training and competitive sports.
Plus, as a volunteer you could be gaining extra qualifications, which you can then use in other career areas. Here's a brief overview of what we offer, in association with CVQO:
ILM Introductory Certificate in First Line Management (Level 3)
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Award in First Line Management is a concise qualification which gives an introduction to the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required by today's first line manager. The mandatory unit 'Solving Problems and Making Decisions' is designed to develop practical techniques for tackling managerial problems and making decisions from gathering and interpreting information through to the effective communication of outcomes.
City & Guilds Licentiateship in Youth Leadership and Training (Level 4)
A vocational award, the Licentiateship provides distinctive and formal recognition of personal achievement and the application of professional and technical expertise within the Cadet Forces. This award is suitable for those with a supervisory/first line management skills level and is available to any instructor who has completed a minimum of 5 years Adult Cadet Forces service.
City & Guilds Graduateship in Youth Management and Training (Level 6)
Similar to the Licentiateship, you must demonstrate, through written work, a knowledge and competency equivalent to that which could be expected of a graduate at Honours degree level, or someone who has gained a vocational qualification or NVQ at Level 6.