A ceremony has been held to celebrate Cardiff and Vale College’s affiliation with 157 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC).

Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) have joined the Cadet Expansion Programme and their Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit is aiming to start parading in January.

Speaking at the event in Maindy Barracks, Deputy Principal Sharon James said: “We commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces community. We recognise the value service personnel contribute to our country and are grateful for opportunity to work in collaboration.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our young people to develop skills, such as team work, leadership and resilience making them far more employable on completion of their qualifications. The CCF will inspire our learners and impact positively on their social mobility and wellbeing.

“The timing of this partnership is excellent and it is good to launch this CCF at the start of the academic year. The executive team have spoken to all 5,000 learners in induction, informing them of this new partnership and opportunity for them at CAVC.”

Lieutenant Colonel Marcie Madams, Commanding Officer of 157 Regiment RLC, and key members of the unit attended the event. 157 Regiment RLC move supplies great distances to ensure the British Army is equipped to do its job and comprises of technically qualified soldiers who work both in peacetime and on operations.

Major Stephen John, School Cadet Expansion Officer at the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, instigated the initiative with CAVC and has worked with Tom Jones to establish the partnership.

Over 100 state schools from across the country have joined the Cadet Expansion Programme, which is supported by the UK and Welsh Governments. They aim to increase the number of young people in state education who are able to access the ‘cadet experience.’

Is your school interested in learning more? Contact:

Major Stephen John
School Cadet Expansion Officer
Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales
Email: wa-ced@rfca.mod.uk
Tel: 02920 375740

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