The training program is structured and caters towards the developments needs of youth as they progress in age, maturity, and responsibility.
Stages of a cadet’s development
Stage 1: Experiential (levels 1-2)
Cadets in their first stage of development learn to take responsibility for themselves and develop appropriate interactions with their peers. These cadets require a high degree of supervision and guidance.
Training at this stage is largely experience-based and focuses on fun, hands-on, activity-based interactive training.
Stage 2: Developmental (levels 3-4)
Cadets at this stage are capable of taking greater responsibility for themselves and beginning to accept responsibility for their peers. They begin to develop their skills under supervision.
Training at this stage is a mixture of interactive and hands-on training.
Stage 3: Competency (level 5)
The final stage in a cadet’s development is where cadet are capable of accepting responsibility for themselves, their peers, and their subordinates. They are provided opportunities to refine their skills through coaching and mentoring. Cadets at this stage are mastering their skills under limited supervision.
Training at this stage involves a lot of problem solving, independent learning and sharing of ideas. Cadets are also provided opportunities for instruction, peer assessment, and OJT (on the job training).
The training program syllabus is comprised of the following subjects. In most cases, each proficiency level maps to the number of years the cadet has been in the program.
Cadets in proficiency level 5 are tasked with instructional and supervisory roles within the squadron.