CVQO’s 2021 Graduation Ceremony for Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers took place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Friday 15 October. Unusually this year, two RAF Air Cadets Volunteers celebrating being awarded their City and Guilds Membership in Leadership and Management Qualification are brother and sister.
Lt Cdr Oli Brown and Sqn Ldr Sarah Sturgeon both worked throughout the pandemic completing their studies in 2020; they’ve been looking forward to celebrating their achievement together after 2020’s graduation event was postponed.
The siblings do a lot together in the Corps: both are Region Staff Officers for South West Region; both are supernumerary on their childhood Squadron 2327 (Havant), and both started their Adult Volunteering as Service Instructors in the Royal Navy!
“The ability to gain an externally recognised qualification has helped me to progress at work, as well as feeling rewarded for the experiential learning we gain by being a volunteer in the RAFAC. Working on this has helped be gain my Chartered Manager status too.” – Sqn Ldr Sarah Sturgeon
“As a Service Instructor I was pleased to learn I was just as eligible to access CVQO qualifications as my fellow RAFAC Volunteers.” – Lt Cdr Oli Brown
Both admit that completing their awards became a little competitive – working to see who would be successful first, with Lt Cdr Brown pipping his sister to the post. Both have now used their Award as evidence towards post-graduate study, with Oli pursuing an MBA and Sarah an MSc in their spare time.
CVQO offers a range of vocational awards to adults and cadets - you can find out more about the awards available here: https://cvqo.org/