Army cadet volunteers celebrate a family achievement

Army cadet volunteers Andrew and Stephen Moynham, from Lidlington
Army cadet volunteers Andrew and Stephen Moynham, from Lidlington

A father and son who are both army cadet volunteers have celebrated together at a graduation ceremony held at Sandhurst.

Andrew Moynham and his son Stephen, from Lidlington, members of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire ACF, received their City and Guilds qualifications at the ceremony held at RMA Sandhurst on Friday, October 16.

City and Guilds, and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), qualifications formalise the activities volunteers undertake at cadet units and equate to undergraduate, degree and master’s degree level.

Andrew said: “What we see in cadets is the development of young people into adults with real skills and qualifications – Stephen himself was once a cadet, so he knows this best of all! Today is a really special occasion for us and a bit of healthy rivalry between father and son is always a good thing.”

Stephen added: “There’s a lot to gain by being a part of the cadet forces. Of course you have the satisfaction of working with young people, but you can also acquire qualifications like these, which help with your personal development.”

CVQO is a vocational education charity in the UK working with young people and adults in community and uniformed youth groups, and its chairman, Lord Lingfield, presided over the ceremony, alongside chief executive Guy Horridge.

CVQO’s annual graduation ceremony recognises the achievements of adult volunteers who devote their spare time to running youth group and cadet units across the UK. Through the UK-based charity, these volunteers are able to study for leadership and management qualifications accredited by both City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

Mr Horridge said: “In many ways Sandhurst is the home of vocational training, so it is fitting to be here today to celebrate the achievements of these adult volunteers.

“I do not think many of them join the cadet forces with the intention of gaining a qualification, but the fact that they devote so much of their time and energy to running these youth groups means it is only fair that they gain something in return – and we are thrilled to be able to give them that.”