PM unveils £1m bursary scheme to fund cadet force running costs

A £1 million bursary scheme has been launched to help state schools with the running costs of combined cadet forces.

The government has already committed to funding the set up of 100 cadet units by September next year, but schools involved are required to meet staffing and running costs themselves.

However, the Department for Education (DfE) this week announced that a new “Cadet Bursary Scheme” has been created with money raised from banks following the LIBOR rigging scandal.

The DfE wants the money to fund activities including expeditions, first aid, sailing and leadership training.

It is hoped that the £1 million will be matched by private sector contributions, and the DfE said that £300,000 has already been pledged from “organisations and individuals”.

The government set up the cadet programme in 2012 and has allocated almost £11 million to fund the set-up costs of 100 combined cadet forces. Ministers see the cadet forces as a way of instilling in young people skills such as “self-discipline, teamwork, punctuality and self-confidence”. Priority for the original funding was given to schools judged to be “good” or “outstanding”.

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