Training and Leadership

Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you’ll gain as an Air Cadet, you can also take away real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or begin your chosen career.


For starters there’s the Duke of Edinburgh Award that employers everywhere recognise as a great achievement. You can take on the challenge as part of your Adventurous Training, working your way up through the levels all the way to Gold – something to be really proud of.

But did you know there’s also:



Leadership Training; where you can really prove your worth as a leader – a skill that will build your confidence and your ability to deal with different kinds of people. An Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification can be achieved through the Wing JLLeadership Air Cadet LeadershipCourses (ILC & CLC) and if you can handle it, you could get to the Junior Leaders course (JL’s) – it’s gruelling but what you get out of it will be invaluable to you for the rest of your life. There are also Corps run leadership camps  (ACLC) where your management and team leadership skills will be tested to their limits, providing you with life-long skills.


BTECBTECs are always popular and a widely recognised qualification – more than 4,000 Cadets have registered for the First Diploma in Public Services and over 6,000 have signed up for the First Diploma in Aviation Studies. There’s also the increasingly popular First Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) for budding musicians.


First Aid is another essential skill you can pick up – train in this important area SJAand you may be awarded a certificate from St Johns Ambulance. If
those skills were called upon you could make all the difference in a life or death situation. There are also competitions held at Wing, Region and Corps level if you think you have the skills.

City and Guilds

City & Guilds – cadets can also benefit from certain vocational qualifications in management, as can our volunteers. You could graduate at a fabulous national ceremony complete with cap and gown.