Lisburn teens were celebrating this week as they joined more
than a hundred Cadets from across Northern Ireland to collect
Cadet Patrick Hunter and Cadet Chris Duly
were amongst the recipients proudly collecting their diplomas at
a reception held at Stranmillis Training College in Belfast.
While the Cadet movement is more usually
associated in the public mind with physical challenges and
acquiring military skills, the BTEC First Diploma in Public
Service is evidence that these teenagers are well up for
academic achievements too.
Congratulating the teenage award recipients,
Colonel Derek Smyth OBE, Chairman of the Joint Service Cadet
Committee for Northern Ireland said:
"We expect high standards from our Cadets in
every challenge they accept, but even we have been bowled over
by the success of this year's BTEC programme.
"The BTEC First Diploma in Public Service is
a generally recognised and widely respected Level Two
qualification, roughly equivalent to four GCSEs.
"Attaining this Award is a considerable
achievement and one that will be recognised not just by all of
us in the Cadet movement but also by future employers. It is a
significant addition to a young person's CV and an indication of
some of the excellent work undertaken by Cadets.
"We look forward to building on a success
story which this year alone has delivered 113 BTEC Awards - the
equivalent of an extra 452 GCSE passes."