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Written: 13 October 2014
In 2010 HRH The Prince of Wales visited Tata Steel in Teeside because he wanted to bridge the gap between industry and young people. Tata Steel felt inspired and invited a group of 24 students from 5 schools in on an 8 week programme to engage with their company and learn real life employability skills and more about working in industry. The Prince went along and saw the initiative and from this Industrial Cadets was born.
They have created an Industry led accreditation for students aged 11-19 and have created 3 levels, bronze, silver and gold.
The Industrial Cadets experience is rich, varied and flexible. Each employer works with EDT to decide how to deliver a structured programme of activities including site visits, presentations and talks, hands-on team tasks, workshops and project work. Once the activity has been successfully completed, the young people take part in a celebration event where they graduate as an Industrial Cadet.
Graduating Industrial Cadets and companies will then gain exclusive access to the Industrial Cadets Post Graduation Network, an online network designed to give these unique young people further access to career opportunities and resources, providing them with ongoing value after their workplace experience.
All of this is designed to help you grow a future talent pipeline and engage young people into a career in industry and alleviate the skills shortage we are currently experiencing in the UK.
For more information please visit www.industrialcadets.org.uk or call Gemma Prowse on 07789 863399 for more information.