The success of local Cadets in in securing BTEC qualifications in Public Services has been recognised at an Awards ceremony in Belfast City Hall.
The internationally respected qualification delivered to Cadets via the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO) mixes theory and practical elements with an emphasis on leadership, teamwork, communications, problem solving and fitness.
The syllabus includes professional CV preparation, interviewing techniques, communication, first aid, adventure training, health and nutrition.
Congratulating the ‘Triangle’ award recipients and others from across Northern Ireland, Sir Colonel Donal Keegan KCVO OBE, President of the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association for Northern Ireland, said: “Achieving BTEC standard in Public Services is no mean feat, particularly when the work is juggled with school, family and social commitments, but our Cadets have welcomed the challenge and have worked hard to achieve this valuable award..
“My congratulations go to these amazing young people from ‘The Triangle’ for the effort and enthusiasm which I know lie behind earning BTEC.
“I also pay tribute to the contribution made by the team of Adult Instructors who work tirelessly to ensure the success of this – and every other - element of Cadet life and of the many families and schools who support Cadet membership.
“In particular may I mention the Brogan family from Bushmills? Aaron and Adrian who have just received their BTEC certificates in Public Service at today’s ceremony have turned 18 and therefore graduated from the Cadet movement – and they have already opted to return to give something back to the organisation.
“Adrian is now a Petty Officer with the Sea Cadet Corps and Aaron, too, has joined the volunteer staff. The commitment to voluntary work is no surprise for the Brogan family is steeped in the tradition. Mum Deborais a First Lieutenant Petty Officer with eth SCC while dad, Robert, is a Civilian Instructor!
“Even grannie, Pamela McLean, gets in on the act, serving as Treasurer of the Unit Management Committee! That exemplifies team work at its best and these high achieving young people are the result!”