Get a firm grip of yourself. End of the day I am a civvie, I refuse to get dragged into your ACO walting, bureaucratic politics. I impart my skill set. I do my job And draw on my experiences to help any cadet that asks for my advice. If I don't have the answer I will point them to someone who knows.
Different people have different approaches.
I can tell you from first hand experience NVQs and BTECs aren't worth the paper they are written on. I have done a few of them from token effort quals. Stop believing the sales pitch.
The only way it will help, is if the kid has nothing else to attribute to their CV. Which is a fair one. I was pretty much that kid. And adult. My CV is quite sparse, and despite pointing out said NVQs to potential employers. I got refused even stacking selfs. They didn't care if I had an NVQ in basket weaving. I only bagged one engineering job because of my military experience, Gift of the gab and luck.
All good life skills, but do not take precedence over school work. The ACO is a youth club to help, not take over with their own form of Hitler's youth education.
Some cadets don't want, or ask for help. You can't force it. And I was one of those kids that hated officers and staff prying into my life. My ambitions were my ambitions, it had nothing to do with cadets or any of the instructors trying to be "best mates".