ISCA College, Exeter, officially opens new Combined Cadet Unit


A school in Exeter has been the latest to open it’s doors to the cadet movement and open their own unit as part of the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP).

Despite only being opened a few months, the unit has already proved a success amongst students. The Royal Marine unit is closely affiliated to Lympstone Commando, which is just down the road.

The event was attended by parents of the Cadets and a number of local dignitaries, who has the opportunity to see the Cadets in action.

Commander Gavin MacDougall formally opened the Royal Marine Cadet detachment of 26 cadets.

The school has close links with the Armed Forces Community and has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and been awarded the Bronze Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award in recognition of the support they offer.

The school has pledged to demonstrate their support to the Armed Forces Community in a number of ways. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring employment opportunities are offered to Veterans and other members of the Armed Forces Community through engaging with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP).
  • Supporting wounded, injured and sick personnel through partnering with Recovery Career Services with the provision of work placements.
  • Welcoming applications from spouses/partners and offering interviews to those who meet the criteria for the job specifications, and committing to assist in finding alternative employment across the education sector if an employee is required to move due to their partner’s Armed Forces posting.
  • Actively encourage staff to become Reserves and offer up to two weeks of special paid leave to attend annual training camps.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. This involves working with businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.

Businesses, from sole-trader to multinational, local authorities or charities, who wish to pledge their support can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitments.

To find out more about how your organisation could benefit from pledging their support to the Armed Forces community contact the Regional Employer Engagement Team, on 01823 250118 or

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant and a list of all those who have signed, visit

The principle aim of the CCF is to develop a range of skills and attributes among young people, including leadership, team work and confidence, whilst giving them a wider knowledge of the Naval Service.

The Cadet Expansion Programme was launched in June 2012 by the then Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, with the aim of delivering 100 new Cadet units in English state-funded schools by September 2015.

The government target of 500 has been achieved, and it has been announced that £50m raised from Libor fines has been allocated to support this growth.

To find out more about the Cadet Expansion Programme in the South West visit or contact Schools Cadet Expansion Officer Les Tanner on 01823 250109 or

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