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Core Training Programme

The Leadership Development Programme completes the training package for cadets at the rate of Able Cadet through to Petty Officer Cadet. If also includes areas to help assist cadets making the change from cadet to volunteer. Together the CTP and LDP form the Core Programme.

Session plans have been provided for every core training activity in order to provide support and a foundation that can be built upon using instructors’ skills and experiences.

The session plans are designed to be as engaging and participative as possible, but a good Sea Cadet Instructor will still be creative and include their own activities, flair and anecdotes etc. In fact we encourage Instructors to teach sessions in a more fun and engaging way if they can.

CTP Review

The CTP is continually being improved to ensure training materials are up-to-date. Following review there has been several changes to enhance the resources and programme. A full list of the changes can be found here.

Details for the different parts of the programme can be found below:

CTP - Cadet Training Programme

Cadet Training Programme

The Cadet Training Programme (CTP) is the core programme of training and activities which are carried out by all Sea Cadets. This is broken down into 144 sessions with 18 for New Entry Cadets. Cadets will advance through the rates, up to Able Cadet, as they complete sessions.

Units should be able to ensure that a varied and enjoyable programme of training takes place which builds the foundation of Sea Cadet knowledge allowing for further development. Further assistance and guidance can be obtained from district staff and the Area Training Officer (ATO).

The CTP focuses on subjects that make Sea Cadets unique and help form our identity and culture. It ensures that every young person who chooses to join a unit has the same opportunities to access the full ‘cadet experience’.

The CTP lists the activities that are to be delivered within each rate and provides session plans to support this; the actual programme and the order in which activities are carried out is up to the unit, making it completely flexible around the needs of the unit.

Session plans are available within each rate’s section of Training Instructions and within the training packs which have been provided to all units.

Any adult who has completed the relevant Corps Modules may deliver all elements of the Cadet Training Programme. The only exception are First Aid modules which must be completed by a volunteer who is a registered SCC First Aid Instructor. Cadets who want to be awarded their First Aid qualification and wear the associated badge will need to be assessed by qualified First Aid Instructors.

Recording cadet training on Westminster

Completed modules must be recorded on Westminster. Once a cadet has been awarded all modules for that syllabus Westminster will automatically awarded the ‘eligible for promotion’ awarded to that cadet. 

A guide to assist users in how to do this quickly has been uploaded to the Document Library in Westminster, under 'How to Guides' on the 'Cadet' tab.

Subjects Covered in the Cadet Training Programme

The content is a combination of core sea cadet activities, things that cadets enjoy doing and want to do more of and activities integral to the running and ethos of a unit.

CTP Chart

Activities are broken down in more detail under each rate, and include the following:

Corps Knowledge

This section covers the history and the customs and traditions of the Sea Cadets, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, and other sea services. It also deals with any matters relating to the smooth running of the unit.

Drill

Experience has shown that Drill is one of the best methods of teaching discipline and smartness within the Sea Cadet Corps.

Basic Seamanship

The programme contains simple bends and hitches for all compulsory elements.  It is likely that one of the main reasons why a boy or girl joins the Sea Cadets is to get in a boat, and Seamanship underpins the many waterborne activities that are available to them.

Recreational Activities

A variety of recreational activities and games are described in the session plans for the CTP. They should be team building, challenging, and most importantly fun.

First Aid

All Cadets have the option to complete the St John Ambulance Youth First Aider as part of their CTP.

Safety within the unit

Cadets are to be taught the basic principles of Health and Safety as it applies to them.  In particular they are to be taught emergency procedures in case of fire or injury.

Adventure Training

The CTP provides an introduction to adventure training and the opportunities available to them to take part in rock climbing, mountain biking and Campcraft.

Waterborne Activities

To ensure a quality waterborne experience for cadets, we must allow our cadets exposure to a full range of waterborne opportunities. The emphasis in the CTP is purely on recreational boating to ensure that cadets spend as much time on the water as possible.

Meteorology

Weather affects just about everything we do in the Sea Cadet Corps, particularly our waterborne activities and adventure training. Being able to predict the weather will allow us to be properly prepared.

Sessions

Each activity in the programme is broken down into sessions, which are training periods designed to be delivered during a parade night. The delivery of these sessions is completely flexible and can allow for weekend, district, area and national training.

The CTP was designed so that delivery only accounts for half the training year for most units, giving time for all the other cadet activities. Cadets will be promoted once they have completed the required sessions and any other prerequisites for the rate.

Progress Table

 

 

CTP Training Packs

Instructor packs

There is an individual instructor pack containing all of the required session plans for progression to each rate up to Able Cadet. For rates above this please see the Leadership Development Programme (LDP).

They are broken down by subject and each session plan has a unique reference number for identification e.g. AT01 is Adventure Training session 1.

The instructor packs contain ‘learning resources’, which are information sheets to provide further information or support to the instructors e.g. AT01-LR01 is Adventure Training session 1, Learning Resource 1.

If a PowerPoint presentation is used as part of the session, then the instructor pack will also contain PowerPoint notes for the instructor e.g. AT01-PN01 are the PowerPoint notes for Adventure Training session 1.

Each unit has been provided with one complete set of instructor packs.  Additional sets may be purchased from the Sea Cadet Shop.  These will only be sold to recognised Sea Cadet Units.

Cadet Logs

Cadet Log books for each rate consist of the relevant hand-outs, key learning points and space for Cadets' own notes so that they can reflect on each session e.g. AT01-HO01 is the cadet log hand out 1 for Adventure Training session 1.

Additional Cadet Logs may be purchased from the Sea Cadet Shop.  These will only be sold to bona fide Sea Cadet Units.

The Cadet Progress Tracker

This chart is produced for the benefit of both the Cadets and the Training Officer.  It is a visual aid to ensure that Cadets and the unit staff can monitor progress. However, the primary means of recording progress will of course be Westminster.

Additional charts may be purchased from the Sea Cadet Shop.  These will only be sold to bona fide Sea Cadet Units. Alternatively, the chart is available for download here.

First Aid Materials

A copy of the Youth First Aid Activity Book (2012) which contains all of the required first aid sessions.  

Additional copies are available for purchase at www.cadetkitshop.com.

All of these materials (with the exception of the First Aid Book) are available as online resources on this web site.

Additional resources can be found on the St John website here

Presentations

A presentation to promote the Cadet Training Programme to your cadets in the unit is is available here:

CTP Cadet Presentation

CTP Cadet Presentation notes 

LDP - Leadership Development Programme

Leadership Development Programme

The Cadet Leadership Programme focuses on the rates of Able Cadet to Leading Cadet and Leading Cadet to Petty Officer Cadet. It replaces what was the old Part One Training and the associated task books.

This programme aims at giving our senior cadets the skills and tools needed to develop into effective Leading and Petty Officer Cadets. It has a similar look and feel to the CTP and all resources that are needed are available online for download. Unlike the CTP units will not get a hard copy and can print what is needed when required.

Units should be able to ensure that a varied and enjoyable programme of training takes place which builds the foundation of leadership and allowing for further development. Further assistance and guidance can be obtained from district staff and the Area Training Officer (ATO).

The Cadet Leadership Programme lists the activities that should be delivered within each rate and provides session plans to support this; the actual programme and the order in which activities are carried out is up to the unit.

Any adult who has completed their relevant Corps Modules and Basic Leadership Course may deliver all elements of the Cadet Leadership Programme.

The CLP was designed to reflect the CTP in style and delivery. Delivery only accounts for half the training year for most units, giving time for all the other cadet activities. Cadets will be promoted once they have completed the required sessions and any other prerequisites for the rate.

Subjects covered in the Leadership Development Programme

Overall there are 10 modules in the Cadet Leadership Programme. These are broken down into sessions with more detail under each rate, but include the following:

LDP Chart

Leadership

This looks at what being a leader encompasses and includes looking at different leadership styles and models. Topics covered later in training such as John Adair are only covered at a basic level to prevent information overload and duplication of training. We have also introduced the Naval leadership model of Command, Leadership and Management. Other sections include behavior management and the importance of role models.

Drill

Drill is an important part of being a Sea Cadet and this section does not look at the individuals ability to carry out drill movements correctly but looks at how we instruct drill to others as well as developing power of command.

Corps Knowledge

This section covers the running of the Units. It also covers the organisation of the SCC at Area and National Level. Petty Officer Cadets look at the same areas but in greater details.

Presentation Skills

This is aimed at improving a cadets personal presentation skills that may be needed for instruction or even a job interview. It aims to give them the skills required as well as the mental approach to how first impressions can cause a big difference in perception and expectations.

Safeguarding

For the first time cadets are being taught how their roles encompass pastoral care and how they can go about doing this. It also features in the Cadet to Adult Development modules aimed at giving young people advice and guidance on becoming an adult and why we have certain policies in place as well as looking at the legal responsibilities they will have as young adults.

Health & Safety

The CTP looks at safety within the Unit. Heath and safety in the CLP covers safety during all cadet activities how to ensure that this is done correctly and doesn’t prevent us from taking part in some of the more fun activities that the SCC offers.

Community Activities

Community activities in these areas looks to involve potential leadership rates the chance to help organise and run a community event, putting into practice the skill and tools they have learnt from their training.

Waterborne Activities

In order to ensure a quality waterborne experience for cadets, we must allow our cadets exposure to a full range of waterborne opportunities. The JDP has been design to allow cadets to continue to develop their waterborne skills without interfering with advancement training

Peer Educator

These modules are aimed at allowing the cadets to practice their newly acquired skills gained from the Peer Educator Qualification. Peer Educator will replace the IM requirement needed for advancement with a gradual phase out over the next 12 months. Cadets will need to attend the relevant Peer Educator course before being award the modules.

Peer Educator Development

These sessions allow the cadet to develop their session ideas and ways to improve their peer education.

Application Process

This section provides advice and guidance on the correct application process that a cadet follows should they decide to become a volunteer.

Evidence Journal

There are no Logbooks for the LDP. Cadets who want to advance to the rate of Leading Cadet or Petty Officer Cadet will need to attend and pass an advancement board. This is a formal and demanding process and candidates should only be sent when both the unit and candidate feels they are ready.

Advancement board candidates will be required to submit evidence to show they have completed all areas of the LDP and are ready for advancement. Able Cadet to Leading Cadet boards are run by Area. The decision about the location of Leading Cadet to Petty Officer Cadet Boards is still currently under discussion.

Candidates on the board will be assessed on all areas of the LDP.  To help cadets keep a record of their learning and a revision aid, they are required to complete hand-outs and works sheets after each session. These hand-outs and worksheets will form their evidence journal.

To pass the advancement board evidence will be required for each session although hand-outs or worksheets have not been provided for all sessions meaning cadets will need to add their own notes to provide the evidence. They may also add their own notes to the hand-outs and worksheets if they wish.

Completing a worksheet fully means that the cadet should:

-        Write more than one or two answers when completing mind maps.
-        Write descriptive answers to questions rather than one or two word answers.
-        Make use of the notes section to sum up the session they have just attended.

 

It is extremely important that these worksheets are completed fully and kept in a designated folder for the cadet. This folder will then be submitted to Area for marking prior to attending advancement board. Should a cadet’s evidence journal not be of sufficient quality they will not attend the board.

Folders should be reviewed regularly to help provide guidance on any outstanding areas and to ensure that cadets are following these guidelines. 

It is extremely important that the cadets understand how valuable these folders will be when revising for their advancement boards as well as providing a useful reference book should they need guidance.

Recording Cadet Training on Westminster

All completed sessions must be recorded on Westminster. Cadets with outstanding modules will not be accepted onto Advancement Boards.

Advancement Boards

Cadet will be required to attend and pass an advancement board in order to advance to the next rate. The details for each rate are listed below:

Able Cadet to Leading Cadet

Requirements

Potential candidates must have completed:

-        48 sessions outlined in the programme below. These sessions may be delivered over a flexible time period suitable to the units instructional time and resources

-        Basic Peer Educator Course and relevant sessions in the programme back at their units

-        A completed T3 certifying that the Commanding Officer/Officer in Charge is content that the cadet has completed the session with these recorded in Westminster.

-        Candidates are active in the District and Area and supporting cadet activities outside their unit in general

 

Able Cadet to Leading Cadet Advancement Board pre-requisites

Candidates must fulfil the following criteria before attending an advancement board.

-        Minimum age of 15 years

-        Served a minimum of six months as an Able Cadet (recorded on Westminster)

-        Recommendation of their Commanding Officer or Officer in Charge

-        Completed evidence journal (to be submitted for marking a minimum of four weeks prior to the advacnement board)

-        An intermediate level (Class 2) in any specialisation

-        Completed the Peer Educator course and sessions (recorded on Westminster)

-        Any proficiency

-        One of the following waterborne proficiency qualifications:

     SCC Rowing Coxswain

     RYA Power Boat Level 2

     RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 (Dinghy)

     BCU 2 Star

     RYA Youth Windsurfing Scheme Stage 2

     RYA Offshore Watchleader

Candidates attending the advancement board may attain one of four outcomes:

Outcome

Summary

Action required

Fail

Cadet fails in two or more areas or has an incomplete evidence journal

Cadet must attend another board

Pending Pass

Cadet fails one area

Reassessed at area level in failed area

Pass

Cadet passes all areas

Promotion to Leading Cadet

Exceptional Pass

Cadets passes all areas with high marks

Promotion to Leading Cadet and receive special recognition

Cadets obtaining an exceptional pass on advancement to Leading Cadet will be awarded the Captain’s Certificate of Excellence and the Leading Cadet Achievement Medal.

Leading Cadet to Petty Officer Cadet

Requirements

Potential candidates must have completed:

-        48 sessions outlined in the programme below. These sessions may be delivered over a flexible time period suitable to the units instructional time and resources

-        Advanced Peer Educator Course and relevant sessions in the programme back at their units

-        A completed T3 certifying that the Commanding Officer/Officer in Charge is content that the cadet has completed the session with these recorded in Westminster.

-        Candidates are active in the District and Area and supporting cadet activities outside their unit in general

Leading Cadet to Petty Officer Cadet Advancement Board pre-requisites

Candidates must fulfil the following criteria before attending an advancement board.

-        Minimum age of 16 years

-        Served a minimum of six months as a Leading Cadet (recorded on Westminster)

-        Recommendation of their Commanding Officer or Officer in Charge

-        Completed evidence journal (to be submitted for marking a minimum of four weeks prior to the advacnement board)

-        Completed the Advanced Peer Educator course and sessions (recorded on Westminster)

-        An advanced level (Class 1) in any specialisation

-        Any other proficiency or advanced level proficiency

-        Any combination of the following waterborne proficiency qualifications:

One of the following:      

    Rowing Coxswain

    RYA Power boat level 2

    RYA NSS level 2 or YSS stage 3

And two of the following:

     Rowing Coxswain (if not used above)

     RYA power boat level 2 (if not used above)

     RYA NSS level 2 or YSS stage 3 (if not used above)

     Windsurfing Stage 2

     BCU 2 star

     Offshore Seaman (power of sailing)

     RYA day sailing.

Candidates attending the advancement board may attain one of four outcomes:

Outcome

Summary

Action required

Fail

Cadet fails in two or more areas or has an incomplete evidence journal

Cadet must attend another board

Pending Pass

Cadet fails one area

Reassessed at area level in failed area

Pass

Cadet passes all areas

Promotion to Leading Cadet

Exceptional Pass

Cadets passes all areas with high marks

Promotion to Leading Cadet and receive special recognition

Cadets obtaining an exceptional pass on advancement to Petty Officer Cadet will be awarded the Captain’s Certificate of Excellence and the Petty Officer Cadet Achievement Medal.

Transition from Part One to LDP

There will be a transition phase of 12 months, starting 1 Feb 2014 and ending 1st March 2015. Cadets starting on the 1st of February or after this date will continue their training on the old syllabus until they advance to the next rate. Once advanced to the next rate they will start their training for the next rate on the new syllabus.

 

Advancement and the role of the Unit Commanding Officer

For each session completed, there is an equivalent module on Westminster which should be uploaded to the cadets' Westminster records. When a cadet's Westminster record registers that they have completed all of the sessions required for advancement they will be flagged up as 'eligible for promotion.'

The final decision on advancement up to and including Able Cadet is made by the unit Commanding Officer. 

Advancement to higher rates requires the Commanding Officer's recommendation, and made by the Area Officer, or in the case of those on national advancement courses, by the Commanding Officer of the Training Centre in which they do their course.

The promotion of all cadets up to the rate of Able Cadet is not examined, but development is to be assessed continuously by all instructional staff during the delivery of the subjects within the Cadet Training Programme.

On completion of the required sessions the cadet will be flagged as eligible for promotion on their Westminster account.

The Commanding Officer/ Officer in Charge and the cadets’ Training/Divisional Officer will use feedback from the instructional staff to establish whether the cadet is ready for promotion. They will then conduct an informal meeting with the cadet using the form T4.

If the cadet is not ready for promotion then they are to be deferred for no more than 3 months, during which period training is to be provided to make up for the shortfalls identified.

Leading Cadets and Petty Officer Cadets will be examined as described in their relevant sections.

 

Transfers

Cadets from other cadet forces may wish to join the SCC. This policy also applies to Royal Marine Cadets wishing to transfer to Sea Cadets and Sea Cadets wishing to transfer to Royal Marine Cadets.

Transfers to Sea Cadets

Cadets from other cadet forces and Royal Marines Cadets are welcome to join Sea Cadets. If they already hold a rank, they may join their local unit at one rate below the rank they held. To achieve their equivalent rank they will need to complete the following:

–           Drill sessions in the Cadet Training Programme

–           A boating qualification

If they hold an equivalent rank to Leading Cadet or Petty Officer Cadet, they will be asked to join at the rate of Able Cadet, but can still advance their rate if they meet the requirements and are successful at an advancement board.

Transfers to Royal Marine Cadets

Cadets from other cadet forces and Sea Cadets are welcome to join Royal Marines Cadets. If they already hold a rank, they may join their local unit at one rate below the rank they held. To achieve their equivalent rank they will need to complete the following:

–           Drill phases

–           Field Craft phases

–           Map and compass

If they hold an equivalent rank or rate to Corporal or Cadet Sergeant, they will be asked to at the rank of MC2, but can still advance their rank if they meet the requirements and are successful at an advancement board.

 

Specialisation and Proficiency Training

Specialisation and proficiency training enables cadets to select activities and gain qualifications to the level they wish. These are designed to give cadets a wide option of interests to accompany added responsibility in the unit.

All specialisations and some proficiencies contain graded levels of achievement, and thus offer cadets varying levels of qualification.  Cadets will acquire badges and certificates denoting the standard of proficiency reached.  In some cases, Sea Cadet qualifications are linked to those of recognised national authorities, such as the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the British Canoe Union (BCU).

Specialisation and Proficiency training may start when a Junior has transferred to cadet, and when a cadet has completed New Entry Training. Cadets may participate in any number of activities as determined by their preferences and unit circumstances. Junior Sea Cadets are not allowed to qualify at any specialisation nor should they undertake any sessions from the Core Training Programme.

Cadets who are successful in passing specialist qualification examinations may wear the appropriate specialist badge.  Cadets may qualify in more than one specialisation but only one Specialist badge may be worn. There are three levels of qualification in each of the specialisations, the general conditions are:

Example

Level

Basic Seamanship Badge

 

Basic (Specialisation Symbol)

The period of training should be commensurate with the requirement of the specialisation.  A basic qualification should take about 20 hours of instruction.  The assessment will be carried out by a qualified instructor of the specialisation.

 

Intermediate Seamanship Badge

Intermediate (Specialisation Symbol and One Star)

On average an intermediate qualification will require a further 40 hours instruction beyond 3rd Class.  The assessment will be carried out by an advanced instructor in the specialisation, on completion of a national training course at a Sea Cadet Training Centre (SCTC) or RN Establishment, or at area, district or unit level.

Advanced Seamanship Badge

Advanced (Specialisation Symbol and Two Stars)

On average a 1st Class qualification will require a further 40 hours instruction beyond 2nd Class.  The assessment will be carried out by an approved assessor in the specialisation on completion of a National Training Course at a Sea Cadet Training Centre, at an RN Establishment or at Area, District or unit level.

 

 

 

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