Wellingborough ATC now recruiting new members throughout the year

Wellingborough's 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps, are changing the way they recruit young people.  The unit will be opening its doors to new prospective cadets as part of an open-ended recruitment campaign.
Wellingborough's 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps, are changing the way they recruit young people. The unit will be opening its doors to new prospective cadets as part of an open-ended recruitment campaign.

Young people will now be able to join the Air Training Corps all year round thanks to a change in recruitment policy.

Wellingborough’s 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps, has changed the way it recruits cadets.

The squadron is looking for new recruits who are currently in school years eight or above and between 12 and 17 years of age.

Potential cadets can go along with their parents or carers to hear what the organisation has to offer at their meetings held on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

From 7.15pm on either day, youngsters can meet the squadron’s officers and learn more about the activities on offer. Current cadets take part in an action packed programme include flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and leadership.

The newly recruited members will also have the opportunity to learn numerous field-craft skills, from camouflage and concealment to field cooking, as well as expeditionary training for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Mike Stock, said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming more youngsters to the unit from this month.

“From rock climbing to canoeing, kayaking to abseiling, cadets can take part in a wide variety of activities under the direct guidance of professional instructors.

“We have a great deal to offer young people as an organisation that provides training, development and great fun.”

“The Squadron’s cadets are given the building blocks to learn practical skills and earn real qualifications.

“Awards, such as BTECs in Aviation Studies or Public Services, are available and are the equivalent of up to four GCSEs at grade A-C.”

Wellingborough cadet unit opens its doors to new recruits at their Spring Gardens HQ in Wellingborough and further details about the squadron www.378aircadets.org or Facebook.com/Mannock.