Police cadet unit wins lifelong learning award

All present and cadet: Cadet Cameron Griffiths, Cadet Scott Cooper, Chief Constable Colin McKerracher and Cadet Wayne Francis after receiving the award.
All present and cadet: Cadet Cameron Griffiths, Cadet Scott Cooper, Chief Constable Colin McKerracher and Cadet Wayne Francis after receiving the award.

Grampian Police Cadet Unit is celebrating after receiving a prestigious national award recognising a unique qualification developed by the force and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The Cadet Unit received the Highly Commended Award for Lifelong Learning after establishing a special qualification to give cadets the chance to develop themselves with a view to following a police career, as well as to teach skills useful in other careers. The Force now plans to introduce a similar scheme for Special Constables.

Speaking after the ceremony at the SQA Star Awards, Cadet Unit Manager Karen Kavanagh said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Cadet programme has been recognised and it is a fitting testament to the hard work that has been put into developing a truly unique qualification.

“The Cadet Unit developed a customised award, taking units from a variety of existing SQA qualifications to produce a well-rounded and diverse qualification specifically for the Cadet programme. It is designed for young people aged 16 years living in the force area. The programme gives them a real insight into the police and will also provide an opportunity to work with some of our community partners and develop life skills and experience.

Chief Constable Colin McKerracher said: “I’m delighted the Cadets received this recognition as they are great ambassadors for the organisation and the programme provides a great deal to our cadets, the community and the force.”