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September 29th 2015

Adult volunteer: “From a personal perspective, there are a lot of career enhancing qualifications available”

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is all about fun, friendship, action and adventure but there are many opportunities for adult volunteers to develop their skills and gain qualifications, alongside inspiring Cadets to achieve their goals.

Lieutenant Billy Mayes, aged 35, joined the ACF as an adult volunteer following being a Cadet about 20 years ago. On returning to the Cadet Force, after a 10 year career in the Royal Engineers, he is balancing his volunteering alongside working with young people in his day job.

Billy works full-time as a Substance Misuse Worker, which involves working with young people aged between 16-24 years who are homeless and experiencing issues with substance misuse or offending.

Returning to the ACF has helped Billy to develop his CV meaning he could gain a promotion in his civilian occupation. He explained: “From a personal perspective, there are a lot of career enhancing qualifications available for adult volunteers like me to complete. I have completed courses in leadership and management as well as a Graduateship through CVQO to prepare me for senior management responsibilities, which have all developed me and my ability to take the next step in my day job.

“Volunteering in the ACF fits nicely with my day job, working with young people, as there are many crossovers between the two roles. There is a lot of job satisfaction to be gained from working with Cadets, who choose to come to the ACF in their spare time to learn new skills, so to take home the satisfaction that you have been a part of their experience is great.

“My work with the ACF has also really helped me with my civilian employment as it gives me a lot of ideas around social inclusion and life skills training.”

When Billy decided to return to the ACF he wanted to go back to the same unit where his Cadet career began, Nottinghamshire ACF’s Sutton-in-Ashfield detachment.

Billy continued:  “I think the ACF helped to develop me as a young person, so I had a real head start in my chosen career path. When my career in the Army drew to a close because I wanted to pursue other things, I wanted to return to the ACF to pass on my knowledge and experience to the county’s current Cadets.”

To find out more about Nottinghamshire ACF, visit: www.nottsacf.co.uk

“Volunteering in the ACF fits nicely with my day job, working with young people, as there are many crossovers between the two roles."