Heanor cadet says training will benefit his future

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An A-level student from Heanor says joining his college cadet group is helping him to improve his future university and career prospects.

Kieran Scott, 17, became a founding member of Heanor Gate Science College’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) three years ago, and has since been promoted to a senior role as group sergeant.

He is now responsible for planning activities for the CCF, and is really proud to see how the new cadet recruits are progressing through the cadet syllabus.

Kieran said: “The CCF has been a great thing for me to be involved in. When I first joined I was shy, but wanted to try new activities.

“Now I feel I have the confidence to talk to anyone, I am teaching fellow cadets the skills required to instruct the new cadets and really enjoy using my knowledge to inspire other people.”

The group held a camp over the summer at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, where they shared their skills with fellow cadets from around the country.

At the end of it, Kieran won an award for best cadet, and was given the opportunity to take the controls in a fighter jet flight simulator, guided by RAF instructors.

Kieran is hoping to move on to study history at university, and believes his experience will put him in good stead.

He said: “All my new skills will help me to give examples on my university application form about my extra-circular interests, and will help me to progress on to a part-time career in the Reserve Forces when I leave school.”

Flight Lieutenant Miriam Watson, who is director of vocational learning at Heanor Gate Science College and the CCF Contingent Commander, said: “I am delighted with the way Kieran has embraced being a member of the CCF. He has the ability to think on his feet, planning junior cadet lessons and takes a lot of pride in telling people about his cadet experiences so far.

“I’m confident his new skills will stay with him for a long time.”