Our organisation could not run without volunteer staff and, apart from a few admin staff at our Wing HQ, all the officers, NCOs and civilian instructors are doing this as a hobby. We are always more than happy to welcome new staff members, as long as you are over 20 years old we can find a job for you! All new members of staff begin as a Civilian Instructor (CI) and many stay in this role, whilst others decide to move over into a uniformed role.
Civilian Instructors do not have a minimum commitment, as long as they attend when they say they are going to! Some CIs teach particular subjects, so only attend when their subject or activity is on the programme, others get involved in everything. We often find that a new CI will start with a limited area of involvement and will then get involved in more and more. CIs can gain qualifications in shooting, fieldcraft, or adventure training, and can take cadets flying and gliding, on visits and trips and help out at bag packs and community events. CIs are vital to the smooth running of the Squadron and if you think you have any skills we might be able to use, or if you just want to get involved and learn along the way, then get in touch.
To become a CI you will need an enhanced DBS (previously known as CRB) clearance, and will need to provide two character references. You will have an informal interview with the CO, and then a brief chat with the Sector Commander before your paperwork can go to HQ Air Cadets for approval. Once you are approved you will need to attend a one day ‘Basic Adult Staff Induction Course’ at Wing HQ which covers a wide range of subject matter including Child Protection and Safeguarding.