Cardiff and Vale College cadets join forces with the Gryphon Squadron

By GEM Community Correspondent in Education

Cardiff and Vale College has entered into a unique partnership with the Gryphon Squadron, giving its cadet division a unique range of experiences.

Cardiff and Vale College Cadet Division (CAVDETS) was established to give students the opportunity to gain experiences and industry-recognised qualifications in leadership, land navigation, medical aid, survival skills, career planning and voluntary work.

Qualifications include Level 2 Award for Young Leaders, Level 1 Introduction to First Aid, Level 1 Customer Service Skills and Level 1 Fire Safety, and plans are in place to offer BTEC and ILM qualifications.

CAVC lecturer and Cadet Commander Tom Jones said: “It is exciting to have the involvement of the Gryphon Squadron and their support – this isn’t happening anywhere else in Wales.”

The Gryphon Squadron is a non-profit part of the Legion of Frontiersmen and provides training to its squadrons. Led by ex-military personnel, it offers community support in times of need, such as flooding.

Gryphon Squadron Legion Major Steve Jennings said: “We do a lot of charity work, work to support the community and help young people progress . As an ex-serviceman, I believe we should be doing a lot more for young people – it’s easy to do them down, but everyone has potential.

While Gryphon Squadron will provide support, CAVDETS aims to be more than a military experience. Other organisations that support the cadets include South Wales Police, Welsh Ambulance Service, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, British Red Cross, British Heart Foundation, Maritime Coast Guard Agency, RNLI and Safeguard Armour.

For more information about CAVDETS, contact Tom Jones at

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