We are very pleased to announce that the Energy Coast UTC has gained approval and funding for its own Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Royal Navy Contingent. Formed under the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme, and supported by the Cadet Bursary Fund, the Energy Coast UTC will be not only the first state-funded school in Cumbria to establish such a Unit, but also the first exclusively Royal Naval CCF Unit in the UK. As part of the Department for Education and Ministry of Defence’s Cadet Expansion Programme, our students will benefit from a wide range of outward bound, teamwork, and leadership activities and training. The CCF will form an optional part of the College’s Enrichment Programme from September 2015, and, as such, will be open to students wishing to benefit from the range of opportunities available through becoming a cadet.
Activities will be led by both College staff and members of the Royal Navy CCF Training Team. All College staff volunteering to become a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer will undergo training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Jonathan Chapman, the College’s Engineering Subject Leader, and the CCF Unit’s new Commanding Officer, has recently undergone this training, in preparation for taking up this role in September.
This is an important and exciting development for the future of the Energy Coast UTC, and sees the College further cement its affiliation with the Royal Navy.