Following a very enjoyable precourse training day, I found myself working for my good friends at Outposts providing an Institution of Leadership & Management (ILM) training programme for Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO). This a programme that brings together cadets from all the services to provide them with leadership skills.
Our first day together was spent on team challenges so that the young people could get to know each other and start working together as a team to achieve a common objective. During this process, we also looked at various models of teamwork (Team, Task, Individual and the Plan – Do – Review cycle).
Over the next few days the cadets were give training in climbing and ropework, canoeing, canyoning and hill walking, which the cadets would then apply to command tasks over a two day expedition. I was asked to provide the hill walking skills training and I spent a great two days walking over the Brecon Beacons with some very capable young people.
I was asked to facilitate team Alpha on the expedition and our command tasks on the first day were to initiate a rescue of an incapacitated team member from a disused railway, tunnel, build a trebuchet, set up a zip wire to cross a canyon, lower all the team members down the side of a water fall, before walking to the overnight camp to set up camp and complete two command tasks. For each task, a leader was selected and they were observed on how well the manged the team and the task. This feedback would then form part of the portfolio for their ILM Level 3 submission
Unfortunately, to adverse weather and a mystery bug that surfaced some of the cadets become very cold overnight and with further bad weather planned it was decided to abort the second day of the expedition. Despite this setback, all the cadets enjoyed their experience and hopefully will apply the skills they have learnt when they go back to their units.
I had a great week and it was a privilege to work with such a motivated and talented group of young people.