Valuable Life Skills.

Aston University Engineering Academy CCF (RAF), is part of the 2016/17 Cadet Expansion Programme by the Department for Education and the Ministry of Defence and we were proud to start parading in September 2017.

The parades and activities will take place during the Project phase of the day.  Our intentions are to expand to have contingents from all three services starting with the Royal Air Force in 2017.

The CCF is open to all male and female students from Year 10 to Yr14 and they do not need to have aspirations to join the military. AUEA recognises the incredible opportunities that exists for our students from the Armed Forces and the significant expertise that members, past and present, have to offer AUEA cadets. The UTC CCF primary learning will remain focused on engineering and as such the cadets will be building a plane for one of the projects.

The broad function of the CCF is to develop valuable life skills such as leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. These are very much rooted in AUEA’s learning capacities (7 R’s) and building learning power.

The weekly Progressive Training Syllabus allows the cadets to move up the ranks and gain valuable life and leadership qualities as well as qualifications.

Memorable Life Activities.

The CCF (RAF) will also provide students with memorable life experiences such as flying, gliding, camping, work experience and much more. Some activities may take place during the academy day, at RAF Cosford or may take place during weekends or holidays at various locations.

If you are interested in joining the CCF team as a cadet or adult instructor or would just like further information please contact the Commanding Officer, Flt Lt RAFVR(T) David Chapman or SSI Philip Harris.

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Armed Forces Covenant.

Having a CCF is just one of the aspects that form part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The armed forces work with businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations to support the forces through services, policy and projects.

We were delighted to be nominated for the Silver Covenant Award as recognition of the many ways we support this including:

  • Employment pathways for Armed Forces Engineers

  • CCF programme

  • Participation in Forces activities and competitions

  • Supporting career progression into Armed Forces and Defence Engineering.

Royal Navy Charter.

We are honoured to be nominated for the Royal Navy Charter in recognition for the close liaison our students have with the Royal Navy.

This includes working closely with their specialist UTC Navy team, undertaking visits and competing in prestigous tournaments including Royal Navy UTC Challenge and the Junior Field Gun Tournament.

Royal Navy UTC Challenge.

Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students were tasked with designing a remote controlled vehicle capable of operating on land and water, negotiating dangerous debris and retrieving vital supplies from a safe location and deliver them to the affected island.

The Challenge was hosted within an aircraft hangar normally used by Air Engineering Technicians from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School (RNAESS) and in between competing, the students were given the opportunity to look at a number of aircraft and enjoy a number of interactive displays around the arena.

In addition youngsters were given tours of marine engineering training facilities used by the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) including Diesel Engines and thunderous Gas Turbines.

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Junior Field Gun Challenge.

Royal Navy's Junior Leaders Field Gun Challenge is designed to inspire the scientists, engineers and technicians of the future, helping to build essential skills for the world of work, including team work, self-reliance, resilience and communication.

Competitors get the opportunity to take part in a week-long Royal Navy boot camp aboard ‪HMS Bristol‬ to train for the event.