South West Region

Air Cadets “On Target” for 2020 Vision

Air Cadets “On Target” for 2020 Vision

Staff on Target

 

Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing’s Squadron Commanders are on target to deliver the Air Cadet Organisation’s 2020 Strategy following an intensive residential weekend at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham.

This included an afternoon with the Mobile Team Challenge learning how to successfully implement change through a variety of practical exercises.  During the weekend everyone was kept on the move through a series of workshops aimed at improving the Wing’s delivery of “the Cadet Experience”.

Deputy OC Wing, Squadron Leader David Morgan said “Everyone went away eager and inspired to implement their own Squadron and Sector plans to deliver the ACO’s 2020 Strategy.

Over 40 adult staff have met to determine the ‘way forward’ for Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing to increase participation and engagement in the organisation.

The event, organised to up-skill command staff looked at how to extend the exciting opportunities offered to air cadets and how to adapt for the 21st Century as we are looking to further expand our large local network of cadets and adult staff.

Staff will receive updates in their training on the Air Cadet 2020 Strategy, Safeguarding, Total Safety and social media as well as undertaking leadership and management practical activities.

Ex-Cadets who have entered successful careers had also been invited back to talk about their experiences of the Corps, an ex-cadet who now works for NATO said “I would never be where I am now without the ATC so I was more than happy to give something back where I can”.  Squadron Leader Catherine Llewellyn, one of the contributors to the conference said that “we had a positive conference and we will go forward in 2015 offering the best opportunities we can to our staff and cadets”.

The Air Cadet Organisation aims to promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation, provide training, encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship amongst its cadets and staff.  There are many units in the area, if you are between 12 and 17 and interested in joining, or have a couple of hours to spare each week, please contact our Wing Headquarters 01452 722931 to request more information.

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