Seventeen Vocational Education and Training (VET) trainees graduated from the ADF-focused Certificate 1 Defence Force Cadets course at a ceremony held at Claremont College (Tasmania) yesterday.
The trainees are all students from Claremont College which has now conducted the VET ADF Certificate 1 Defence Force Cadets program for eight years.
The training course is nationally recognised and accredited, and is the only one of its kind operating in Australia.
Mr Patrick Sullivan, Claremont College’s VET teacher, said that the course was conducted for the full college year and accounts for 25 per cent of the students’ full-time college load.
“The VET ADF course is designed to allow students to find out more about a career in the Defence Force - Navy, Army and Air Force - and also the emergency services,” Mr Sullivan said.
“The VET ADF course has strong links with Defence Force Recruiting and, of course, our sponsors through Navy Headquarters Tasmania.
“The assistance provided by Defence during the year, with visiting instructors and the like, is paramount to the course’s success,” Mr Sullivan said.
The Commanding Officer, Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander Stacey Porter addressed the trainees emphasising the importance of many of the skills they have learned throughout the year.
CMDR Porter said that the VET ADF program is an innovative and exciting partnership which provides many positive benefits and opportunities for the students.
“Importantly, it gives them an insight into life in the services and a pathway into the ADF as a career choice.”
“I believe that at least three of this graduating group are already progressing their applications for enlistment through DFR,” CMDR Porter said.
The graduation ceremony was attended by representatives of the three arms of the Australian Defence Forces, Defence Force Recruiting, Hobart Legacy and the RSL, as well as the students’ parents, friends and Claremont College staff.