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What we do: RFCA for Wales’ Estates service


The RAF Air Cadets provide aviation, action and adventure for young people with over 1,000 Squadrons in the United Kingdom.


Nearly 56,000 Air Cadets and volunteer staff use their local huts to train on a weekly basis, building their skills base and achieving a range of qualifications.


Without this training, the Cadets wouldn’t be equipped for exciting events such as camping, overseas camps and adventurous training like rock climbing, abseiling, hill walking, mountain biking, canoeing and sailing. It leads Cadets to their unforgettable, character-shaping experiences like Gliding and the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme, which are the undoubted highlights of the Cadet calendar.


The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales has worked on behalf of the RAF Air Cadets and been responsible for the full design, conception and completion of a number of projects across the country, providing first class facilities to learn.


One of the projects has been for 1998 (West Cross) Squadron in Swansea. It included the complete top and bottom refurbishments of two buildings, linking the original structure with No 3 Welsh Wing’s former headquarters. The £115k project, which began at the start of 2016 and was completed in the summer, will make a difference for the 14 Cadets who attend training twice a week.


Click here to see a before and after collage of images from 1998 (West Cross) Squadron.


499 (Port Talbot) Squadron is another recent project that’s made a vital impact on the local community. The total refurbishment of the entire building has included a new ISO container to store vital equipment and a disabled ramp to ensure the benefits of the Air Cadets are available to all. The three-month £75k investment, which concluded in March, will benefit a total of 19 Cadets, who regularly train at the location for career-boosting credentials such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


Click here to see a before and after collage of images from 499 (Port Talbot) Squadron.


Seven of RFCA for Wales’ Estates team are at the organisation’s headquarters in Cardiff and a further two are based at the North Wales office in Mold. Between them, they provide a complete maintenance and management service to 164 individual locations, ranging from multi-million pound listed buildings to small timber buildings.


Works for both projects were delivered by DJ Rees Decorating Services Ltd, a medium sized Merthyr Tydfil based company who became the first Welsh winner of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award for their commitment to Reserves and Cadets.


(Wednesday 3 May 2017)

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On Wednesday, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) in Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding areas gathered to discuss opportunities available to businesses who become forces friendly.

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