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March 29th 2017

South Leicester Sea Cadets and Wigston College unveil exciting new course

South Leicester Sea Cadets

South Leicester Sea Cadets

A Sea Cadet unit and college are linking up to launch a brand new course.

South Leicester Sea Cadets and Wigston College have joined forces to unveil a BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community that will begin at the start of the next academic year.

Those who participate in the course will join up to the Sea Cadet unit. The skills they learn as part of the organisation’s syllabus will go towards their final completion of the BTEC. There will also be the opportunity to advance to a Level 3 qualification.

The two-year course aimed at 16 to 19-year-olds will be run by the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO). It’s hoped that if the course is a success an adult volunteer from the Sea Cadets will be employed by the school to oversee the course.

South Leicester Sea Cadets Commanding Officer, Anthony Worley, who works in health and social care in his day job, said: “It’s a very exciting venture for South Leicester Sea Cadets. It will allow us to recruit more cadets through the school as well as build the link between us.

“It will also give our currents cadets the opportunity to get an educational qualification which will allow them to progress in whatever career they choose to go in to.”

South Leicester Sea Cadet unit, also known as Training Ship Queen Elizabeth, was set up at Wigston College in 2013 as part of the Government’s initial Cadet Expansion pledge to create 100 Combined Cadet Forces in schools. That pledge has since been extended to 500 schools by 2020.

However, the unit does not meet during school time and instead holds its meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Wigston Academy on Station Road, LE18 2DS between 7pm and 9.30pm.

It’s hoped that the new course will strengthen the link between the cadets and the school with more of the current crop of 47 cadets potentially taking up the qualification with Wigston College which caters for 16 to 18-year-olds.

Michael Wilson, Head of Wigston College, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the students in our area, who are interested in working within uniformed and public services. We look forward to working with all involved.”

For more information on the course and how to sign up email apollon@wigstoncollege.org

For more information on South Leicester Sea Cadets visit www.sea-cadets.org/southleicester

"This is an exciting opportunity for the students in our area, who are interested in working within uniformed and public services. We look forward to working with all involved."