Adult Volunteer Staff

Why volunteer?

The backbone of the Air Training Corps is the volunteer staff known as “Civilian Instructors”. This dedicated group of individuals bring their civilian expertise to the organisation and assist with the organisation and implementation of all activities within the Corps. You can give as much or little time as you can, and you don't need any formal qualifications - just enthusiasm that's infectious.

Many cadets go straight into volunteer roles when they leave at 20 years old - often they feel that they can 'give back' their great experiences to a new generation of young people. 470 is always looking for these special people to help run the squadrons activities and training programs so we can expand what we do to benefit our cadets and community.

How do I apply?

Contact Us

First of all you need to make contact with your local Squadron. The easiest way to do this is to give us a call on a parade night or drop us an e-mail.

Meet with us

We will invite you to the Squadron on a parade night to speak with the Commanding Officer and other members of staff. Don’t worry – this won’t be a grueling panel interview! This is so we can get an idea of what kind of person you are and what your aspirations within the ATC are. We will also give you a tour of the Headquarters so you can see the facilities and equipment we have.


The next step is to complete the official application forms which we will then return to Headquarters Air Cadets. These have multiple parts for you to complete covering your personal details, history and qualifications. We will also require details of two character references as part of your application.

Complete your PVG application

Safety of the young people under our care is paramount. As part of the application process you will undergo a background search via the Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG). This has to be conducted at Wing Headquarters in Paisley so we will help you organize an appointment during normal business hours to complete this.

Join us

It normally takes 6-8 weeks to receive your PVG certification. Once you have your certificate you are free to join the Squadron. New instructors spend 3 months on probation before they are granted full Civilian Instructor status from HQ Air Cadets.