Cadet Force Adult Volunteers


The success of the cadet forces is highly dependent on its ability to attract and retain sufficient numbers of suitable cadet adult volunteers with the enthusiasm to motivate, train and provide leadership to the cadets.  Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) do not necessarily have any military background and come from all walks of life. 

Throughout Scotland there are approximately 2,000 volunteers within the Cadet Organisations.

Becoming an adult volunteer is a great opportunity to be part of a prestigious and popular youth organisation, which takes great pride in offering youngsters opportunities that may otherwise not be available to them.  All adult volunteers will be rewarded with training, personal development, an enhanced CV and immense satisfaction from being part of the cadet movement. 

Enthusiasm and aptitude are the hallmarks of our adult instructors, who are all committed to offering cadets whole-hearted support and encouragement.

Volunteers benefit from many experiences of their own and have the opportunity to play a leading role in various activities, and occasionally, foreign travel.

Get Qualified 

Cadet Force Adult Volunteers all have the opportunity to acquire First Aid qualifications, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme passes and diplomas and graduate level qualifications in public service through the BTEC scheme.

In addition, and because the only people who can assess cadets properly are the adults who work with them, we have recently gained approval from SQA to offer qualifications which recognise the valuable work our CFAVs do in developing young people and enhancing their future prospects:

Conduct the Assessment Process (Level 8)

This Award is for non-workbased assessors, and recognises the skills required to support and assess young people in the cadet organisations. Although it is not mandatory, it can enhance adult volunteers’ experience as well as their CVs.

Most of the work required to achieve the qualification is practical. Adults who are regularly assessing cadets are already working to this standard, but are able to add this gain a recognised qualification.

Conduct the Internal Verification Process (Level 8)

This Award demonstrates a commitment to quality on the part of people undertaking it. The internal verifier’s role involves supporting assessors and ensuring a quality standard is consistently maintained across our Centre.

Training is available in both these areas, and although the qualifications are not mandatory, we can provide support for you to do them and reap the benefits of professional recognition.

For more information on SQA awards, please contact Jill Simpson at [email protected]

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