Membership of the Combined Cadet Force movement has helped our young people to acquire a diverse range of practical skills, given them opportunities to develop self-discipline and shown them how to work independently, as part of a team or, indeed, to lead others.

Gad’s is adding to this list of attributes by offering cadets the chance to earn independently recognised qualifications which will be of real value to them as they enter college or university or step into the world of work.

The public services are always a popular career choice for many people and roles within the services can vary from administrative positions to active operational roles, and managerial jobs. There are many skills needed to be a successful member of a public service and this is reflected in a BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Development.

The course combines classroom-based activities with learning through practical and outdoor activities. Skills for public service work are combined with exploring social issues, developing personal fitness, playing sport and taking part in various outdoor activities.

Modules on this course include career planning; public service skills; improving health and fitness for entry to the uniformed public services; expedition skills; adventurous activities and teamwork, Law and its impact on the individual in public services; English Functional Skills and Maths Functional Skills. Students will also learn how to become a more independent learner as the course develops analytical and critical thinking skills as well as team working and leadership skills.