DofE is the only thing we do that the majority employers will have some knowledge and experience of, everything else we do is far too niche. Things like QUAIC and JL, you’d spend most of the interview explaining it. But even the DofE is an additional and it is still GCSEs and other school / college / uni qualifications that take priority. I dispute the knocking of BTECs. I have had a number of cadets do BTECs, move into employment and do well, one is currently a magazine editor and worked on a number of publications. Our children all started jobs and the employers put them on BTECs and they have all done well so far. The ATCs aviation BTEC is not worth the paper it’s written on, as it’s too diverse.
Soft skills can be picked up by all cadets but are only evidenced by doing things. They can be referenced, but this leads onto a problem I’ve seen which is cadets being unable to articulate what they do / they’ve done in the Corps either in writing or verbally. I’ve advised on supporting / personal statements for CVs and applications. The one soft skill we try and instil is confidence and it’s the one that many parents, especially, relate to and comment on.
What we can do, given that there are I imagine many of us who have experience in application / CV sifting and interviewing at work, is provide pointers as to how to word things and approach a job interview and hope it makes the cadets stand out.
However RAS is right on the money WRT the ATC and cadet and staff motivation and desire.
Many cadets just want to join, do some things and leave, they have no grand designs or plans. If they get promoted that’s an extra. I’ve known more like this than any other group. Those that do want to do things pester you to let them know when it comes up. Similarly staff, some want to come in and just do things with the sqn and no other desires. Others come in and think they’re going to change the world and make appropriate noises. I know one bloke, he’s been a CI for 26 years and does a lot more than the ones who just want to get promoted and or on Wing Staff as quickly as possible.
I’ve got a schoolmate who joined the police at 17 and left after 30 years as Constable as that was what they wanted, as they got to work with the local community, which is why he joined the police. He said his Inspectors got frustrated as he didn’t want Sgt. He was the police liaison for several schools and out in the community where he lived and loved it, rather than “being behind a desk”. In his words, luckily I like tea and coffee, as people would always make him one.