The cadets have giving me the chance to improve my self-confidence

Leading Cadet Curtis Critchley

"Today has been a fantastic," said Neil. "We've been planning for this day for a long time. It's such a pleasure to have finally reached this point after all the hard work that the young people have put in. We are growing as a Unit and the CCF is enhancing the profile of the college in the community and the Greater Brighton area."

The New Royal Navy Section joins the Fire Service Cadet section from the college and is funded as part of the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP), with an aim to promote a military ethos in schools, and instill core values in young people that will help them get the most out of their lives, and contribute to their communities across the country.

The pupils develop key qualities such as self-discipline, loyalty and respect, strong leadership, teamwork and resilience. The programme focuses on CCF units and ensures pupils from state schools get a chance to experience life-enriching activities as part of school life.

This creates positive benefits in all areas of school life including character skills strongly valued by employers looking for leadership, teamwork, communication skills, integrity and career progression.

"The cadets have giving me the chance to improve my self-confidence," said Leading Cadet Curtis Critchley (19). "We get to do some amazing things with the CCF, like flying in a helicopter and sailing around the Isle of Wight. I'm also getting some great experiences out of it as well, including an opportunity to lead others and take control, which I haven't done before."

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