The VCC needs adult volunteers to help run our exciting and expanding cadet organisation. We welcome applications from a wide range of people irrespective of military or civilian background. All we ask is that our volunteers offer commitment and adhere to our values and aim.
Who Can Join?
We particularly welcome volunteers with musical, logistics, administration, management and adventure training experience, but equally anyone who just wants to help our young people develop into useful members of society and get a head start in life are just as welcome. As a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV) in the VCC you will need to follow our regulations, as you would expect in an organisation committed to the welfare and safety of its cadets. CFAVs also have the chance to attend courses to increase their skills, and participate in a range of exciting and fun activities. You’ll also meet some excellent and inspirational young people and make loads of new friends.
There are three categories of volunteers:
- Uniformed Staff This category includes our command, instructing and other essential back-up staff, and form the principal cadre of our operational team. The application and probationary process is the same but with a probationary period of six months.
- Support Staff These volunteers, who do not wear uniform, provide additional support such as stores assistants, catering assistants and administration staff. Many are introduced to the VCC when a son or daughter joins. Quite often, both parent and child will join a unit, and husband and wife teams are common. A three-month probationary period is required for all Support Staff.
- Service Helpers These volunteers are serving regular or reserve armed forces personnel who volunteer to help the VCC in addition to their service duties. Whilst they receive no additional pay or allowances the fact that they offer to help the VCC may be taken into account during appraisals etc.
Please read our Adult Volunteer Guide for more information to see how you could ‘Help Make a Difference’ to our cadets’ lives.
How to Join
Applications from adults (civilian or military) aged 18 or over are welcome for any category of staff. To apply please download either the paper or electronic application form and complete it in full, and either print and send to us, or you can complete it using Adobe Reader and email to the respective unit (see Locations for address and email details).
Thereafter we will:
- Acknowledgement We will acknowledge your application.
- Review Your application will be considered by a senior member of staff and if we decide that you may be appropriate to join our organisation we will invite you to attend an interview with the CO or other senior member of staff.
- Decision After your interview we will write to let you know if we intend to invite you to join our staff on a probationary basis. Of course, you may decide at this point that we aren’t the activity for you and you are at liberty to decline the invitation to join. If we think you are not appropriate we will write back explaining our reasons (it’s important that we only accept adults for whom volunteer service with young people is appropriate).
- Probation Your probationary appointment is subject to receiving satisfactory references and a clear enhanced criminal records check (DBS). If your references and/or DBS check are not satisfactory then regrettably we may have to ask you to leave.
- Equipment Uniform and other equipment is only issued once references and DBS checks are satisfactorily completed.
- Training You will need to attend a basic induction course lasting one weekend at some point in your probationary period, plus other periodic CFAV training periods.
- Confirmation After your probationary period (or longer if you have not yet attended the basic induction course) your appointment will be confirmed or we may decide to extend your probationary period if we feel we or you need more time to decide about confirming your appointment.
You may like to visit us before submitting your application. If so, please contact us by email and we will arrange a suitable appointment to tour your chosen unit and meet senior staff.
We currently have the following vacancies:
- Military Instructor Responsible for delivering the full range of military, fieldcraft and tactical training.
- Musical Instructor Responsible for providing training on one or more instruments to cadets in our Band, as well as parading with the Band during ceremonial and public events.
- Musical Trainer If you do not want to wear uniform but are happy to teach music, why not become a non-uniformed support staff member with our Band (subject to availability).
- Stores Staff Whether in uniform or not, we are always looking for more staff to assist in our stores, maintaining, repairing and issuing kit in support of our many activities.
- Catering Staff Our cadets thoroughly enjoy the catering facilities we provide on training evenings and during events so why not join our friendly Catering Staff and help out in our Tuck Shop (some food handling and hygiene training may be required).
- Drivers We travel all over the place so whether in uniform or in ‘civvies’, as a driver you will be a pivotal part of supporting our activities and get to visit some interesting places. We need drivers for mini-buses, vans, trucks and coaches.
- Armourers Have you got experience of looking after weapon systems? If so, we’d like to hear from you as we need Armourers to maintain our drill purpose rifles, air rifles and target shooting rifles. You would also be your unit’s main link with their parent establishment Armoury and Guardroom .
- Adventure Training If you hold current qualifications in sailing, shooting, swimming or lifeguarding, canoeing, climbing, abseiling or indeed any other such AT activity we would e particularly pleased to hear from you.
What We Expect
Our basic expectations are:
- Safeguarding You keep the safety and welfare of our cadets as your paramount concern.
- Regulations You adhere to VCC and MOD regulations.
- Commitment You commit an amount of time that suits your role and keep to it (letting us know in advance if you need to change it).
- Training You attend relevant staff training (usually around two or three weekends per year) as a minimum.
- Standards You wear our uniform with pride and maintain the honour and traditions of the Cadet Corps and the Naval Service.
Whilst we value applications from a diverse range of people our foremost obligation is to ensure the welfare and safety of our cadets. Applicants will be assessed to ensure they meet our standards and are appropriate to be CFAVs, including being role models that our cadets can look up to. Being a CFAV does not mean any obligation to join HM Armed Forces and there is no call-up liability.
Some of our CFAVs have been part of the VCC for over 35 years and whilst we don’t expect every volunteer to commit for that length of service it does show that joining the VCC could be a significant and worthy part of your life.
We look forward to hearing from you.