Our Adult Staff, known as Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers (CFAV) are what makes the RAFAC tick. Without CFAV's the organisation at all levels would not be able to function. Our 400 strong team within Trent Wing come from all backgrounds, experience, skill sets and personal circumstances. They all have one thing in common, which is to develop the Youth of today to become the next generation of our society.
There is no requirement to have been a member of HM Armed Forces or have any previous experience of the Cadet Forces either. All you do need is time, drive and a desire to support our young people to achieve their full potential.
We have several roles available from forward facing instructional roles, both uniformed and non uniformed, managerial uniformed roles and the vital background roles that help support the running of our units.
All of our Adult staff undergo DBS checks and additional security checks, dependent on your role. The initial phase for new starters will see you complete the Adult Volunteer Induction Course, which starts with your application to join. The AVIP course is completed partly on your Squadron and finishes in a 1 day briefing course, run by the Wing Staff, giving you all the information you need to start in your RAFAC career.
Click on the buttons below for information sheets for each role, the requirements and what it entails.
Keep Scrolling down for more information as well as some Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom!
Adult Volunteer Induction Programme
If you are looking at any of the 'operational roles', those that are delivering the training, running activities such as Civilian Instructor, SNCO or Commissioned Officer you will complete the Adult Volunteer Induction Programme or AVIP for short. Its a basic introduction to the organisation, how it works and provides you with the knowledge you need to work and operate safely within the organisation. Service Instructors also complete the AVIP.
Just as it is with the Cadets, there is a world of opportunity waiting for you. Whether it is specialising in a particular subject area and gaining or bringing in existing qualifactions to deliver activities through to taking Command of your own unit in the future, it really is up to you. Whether staying as a CI or progressing into a uniformed role here are some of the areas and qualifications you can gain many of them for free.
WHAT TO DO
Can anyone be a volunteer?
We welcome all responsible adults (aged 20 years upwards), of any gender, from all social backgrounds, cultures and religions. You don't need to have any prior military experience, just enthusiasm and commitment.
I have a full time job / home to run / children. How can I spare the time for voluntary work?
Most of our volunteers have busy lives too, and many of them work full time. Most activities take place in the evenings and at weekends, and no-one's expected to take part in everything. Many people get involved initially because their children are cadets - they start off helping out informally at events and open days. As long as you can spare a few hours a week, you'll be made very welcome.
It sounds very energetic. Do I need to be really fit?
We like our volunteers to be reasonably fit so they can join in the physical activities, but other qualities are equally important. We need people who can deal with paperwork and homesick cadets at camp just as much as someone who can hike across the hills with them.
I'm retired but I'd enjoy working with youngsters. Is there an age limit?
There is no upper age limit as a civilian instructor, although uniformed officers retire at 55. Many of our volunteers are retired or semi-retired, which gives them more time to spend with us.
Do I need to have experience of working with children?
No, but you do need an understanding of the needs of teenagers. So if you are a parent with children or have had any contact with the children of friends or family, you will have some idea of what's required. Obviously, if you have any direct experience, such as teaching or sports training, you will have an advantage.
What happens if I join and then find it doesn't suit me?
This kind of work doesn't suit everyone, but when you join us you will be given every opportunity to find a role that you feel happy with. We are particularly keen to ensure that you are suited to and happy with your role, as your enthusiasm can directly impact on the cadets.
Will I need to have a police check?
Yes. Anyone who works with children must be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB) check. This is a legal requirement and can take about three months, so until it is complete you will not be able to take sole charge of cadets. You'll be training during this period anyway so your progress won't be affected.
Will I be paid?
You will be provided with all the necessary equipment for your role, including special clothing and uniform where applicable. As an officer or non-commissioned officer you can, however, claim for up to 28 days’ volunteer allowance. Don't forget, you'll experience many activities and training opportunities, all for free!
I'd like to meet new friends too. Is there a social side to it?
Yes! The civilian committee on each squadron will be busy organising all sorts of social events, some to raise funds for the cadets and some just for fun. Most people are surprised to find that as well as enjoying the work they make a lot of new friends and have a great social time when they join as an adult volunteer. Some have even found their future husbands and wives this way!
What will my unit be like?
Some squadrons are accommodated in their own premises, while others are located on RAF stations, in TA centres or in post-war Nissan huts. No matter where the accommodation is located it's the activities that count, and everyone knows they're second to none in Air Cadets.