TWENTY-FOUR youngsters are celebrating after becoming the first to graduate from the Tata Steel Industrial Cadet scheme on Teesside.
Tata Steel launched the pilot scheme for 13 and 14-year-olds in September following HRH the Prince of Wales’ visit to the Teesside steelworks last year.
The Prince was keen for the company to work with young people to increase their awareness of how a business operates, raise their aspirations and excite them about the job opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
There was a rigorous application process for the 24 places available and the successful applicants came from Bydales, Kirkleatham Hall, Rye Hills and Sacred Heart schools, as well as Redcar Academy.
Scott Ralston, 13, a pupil at Redcar Academy, said: “I’ve learned a lot about manufacturing steel and how it’s sold, and all the important quality checks you have to do. I didn’t think the steel industry was that interesting at the beginning of the course, but it’s really opened my eyes to the exciting careers available and I hope it will open opportunities for me in the future.”
Following completion of the eight-week pilot scheme, Tata Steel is now hoping to continue with the programme on a more permanent basis. Jon Bolton, director of Tata Steel’s Long Products business, said: “The industrial cadets have really impressed us with their enthusiasm and keenness to learn about our business.
“I hope they will take away with them a better understanding of what it is like to work for a multinational company like ours, as well as an appreciation of the varied and interesting roles available within the manufacturing and engineering sector.”
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