On Friday 14th October 2016, Major Marlon Hart, Director of the Cadet Training Institute (CTI) of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force (TTCF) joined nearly 60 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from the United Kingdom and around the world to graduate from various programs offered by the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation (CVQO). The graduation was hosted at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in the United Kingdom.
Having graduated from the program, Major Hart was awarded Membership in the City and Guilds Institute (MCGI) which is equivalent to having attained a Masters Level Degree and a City and Guild’s Vocational Qualification at Level 7.
Major Hart’s graduation follows on the heels of thirty (30) local cadets having graduated with qualifications at the BTEC Level 3 in Public Service within the last three years.
“Our Cadets and Adults must leave the organisation having gained some scholastic and/or vocational qualification after having participated in an average of five years of membership in the Cadet Force. To do this, we must further train and qualify our adults, to be able to administer these programs.”
In keeping with the above-mentioned goal, the Cadet Training Institute has been established within the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, its main mandate from the Commandant, Colonel Ellis Robinson, being, “…to focus on the Force’s human development through exposure to ‘Life Skills’ outside of its regular paramilitary training.”
Major Marlon Hart who is also a Curriculum Officer in the Ministry of Education, wrote his thesis to reflect on the development of the Cadet Training Programs in Trinidad and Tobago, and focussed on mechanisms and approaches to be used for the TTCF’s expansion and improvement. He will now play a pivotal role in the Cadet Force’s approach, to ensure that CVQO programs are rolled out to our Cadets and Officers nationwide. Major Hart has also requested permission to introduce the program to other youth organisations in Trinidad and Tobago.
Speaking to the graduating class from various Cadet organisations present at the ceremony, Mr. Guy Horridge, Chief Executive Officer of CVQO said: “What we are doing is not just helping young people make the best of their lives, but also helping to create role models for the future and both of those I would suggest are essential for our country to succeed.”
Presentation of the Graduate Certificates were made by The Right Honourable The Lord Lingfield, Kt DLitt DL, Chairman, CVQO Board of Trustees.