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January 21st 2017

ACF qualification helped adult volunteer to get an apprenticeship

Adult volunteer Hayley Holmes Derbyshire ACF

Adult volunteer Hayley Holmes

A volunteer from Ripley has described how she believes achieving a qualification through the Army Cadet Force (ACF) helped her to stand out from the crowd when applying for a job.

Potential Instructor Hayley Holmes, aged 19, is an adult volunteer with Derbyshire ACF’s Ripley Detachment and is currently completing an apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover.

During Hayley’s time in the Cadet Force she has had the opportunity to go skiing and travelled to Canada to take part in a shooting competition, as well as completing a BTEC in Public Services which she believes helped her to get her job.

Currently working in a large team at Jaguar Land Rover, Hayley believes the team-working skills she has gained through the ACF have been very useful.

Hayley said: “During my interview for the apprenticeship there were numerous questions about teamwork and the different problems and challenges I have overcome in the past. Being a part of the ACF, firstly as a cadet, and now as an adult volunteer, allowed me to use several examples from my ACF experiences.

“Having the Publics Services course on my CV did help me to stand out from others applying for the same position, so I’m really thankful to the ACF for encouraging me to push myself to achieve another qualification outside of school.”

Hayley’s workplace are very supportive of her ACF commitments, and actually offer an extra two days paid leave per year to allow her to complete volunteering activities.

She continued: “I took time out of my job last summer to attend annual camp in Thetford. This was a fantastic experience, to see the cadets smiling and enjoying themselves is amazing. To play a small part in making the cadets’ journey as enjoyable as possible is a great feeling.”

Hayley originally joined the ACF as a cadet and spent just under four years taking part in a variety of activities around the county and overseas, but when she reached her 16th birthday she decided to leave the organisation. However, because she had enjoyed being a part of the ACF and valued all of the skills she had been taught over the years, she decided to re-join the Cadet Force as an adult volunteer to pass on her knowledge and expertise to those younger than herself.

Hayley concluded: “One of the reasons I re-joined the ACF was because I found myself with a lot of free time outside of work, and wanted to make a difference in my local community. I’ve met lots of new people through the ACF, had the chance to visit new places and take part in a variety of adventurous training activities. There’s no pressure to do any activities you don’t want to. Some people enjoy being outdoors, others enjoy more traditional pursuits like map reading or completing the ‘green’ field-based training. It’s up to you what you get involved in.”
Derbyshire ACF has detachments across the county including Derby, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Buxton, Glossop, Ilkeston, New Mills, Matlock and Chapel-En-Le Frith.

To find out more about volunteering in your area with the ACF contact 01332 772025 ext. 21 or email em-der-ao1@rfca.mod.uk

Further details about joining the ACF can also be found by visiting armycadets.com/adventure

“During my interview for the apprenticeship there were numerous questions about teamwork and the different problems and challenges I have overcome in the past. Being a part of the ACF, firstly as a cadet, and now as an adult volunteer, allowed me to use several examples from my ACF experiences."