UTC Reading set to launch Combined Cadet Force from January 2019
Next year, UTC Reading students will be given the opportunity to join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Royal Air Force (RAF) section and take part in a whole array of exciting activities, such as flying, shooting, leadership and adventure training.
UTC students who choose to take part in this RAF Cadet section develop confidence, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, and a sense of service to the community. It further develops their interests in aviation through air experience flights, and offers opportunities for action and adventure, sports and getting to know people.
Cadets can even get the chance to complete a free two-week pilot training course and fly solo at the successful completion of the course, earning their flying wings. They will also study aviation qualifications, looking at principles of flight, Propulsion and Air navigation.
On completion of the cadet programme, students will receive a CV recording all of the training they have taken part in over their time in the Combined Cadet Force.
Cadets will meet throughout term time as part of their enrichment study. In the school holidays they’ll have the chance to attend an annual camp at a RAF base to experience RAF life up close.
From this October, UTC Reading’s Staff and experienced cadets will be trained as senior members of the section, ahead of the official launch of the programme in the New Year. The UTC aims to take on over 50 cadets, offering a broad range of challenging, adventurous and educational activities, such as shooting, weapons training, and flying.
Neil Pouney, Vice Principal at UTC Reading was keen to bring the CCF to UTC Reading, having previously worked in the RAF as an aircraft engineer for 23 years. He said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to enhance their CV with valuable workplace skills, helping them to build their confidence, as well as taking part in unique experiences. The programme is open to all year groups and anyone at the UTC can apply to join. There is no joining criteria; only the dedication and commitment to fully immerse themselves in the challenges they’re faced with.”
The cadet programme is completed within the school timetable as an enrichment activity, and takes place for one hour each Wednesday and Thursday during term time.
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