It began with a conversation between HRH The Prince of Wales and Jon Bolton, Tata Steels director at the time. Now in its fifth year, Industrial Cadets has built a credible reputation as a national accreditation for industry workplace experiences. Working with a catalogue of like minded companies who share the same vision of improving the STEM industry’s talent pool, the emphasis is on skills development and knowledge of career opportunities for young people.
On Wednesday 17th February 2016, the Prince of Wales attended an event at the Redcar Community Heart to see how the community and former SSI workers, apprentices and businesses affected by the closure have been supported in the wake of the steel crisis. Businesses in support of this event included the likes of, Unipres, NAC Group, Caterpillar, Sage, Nifco, Tata Steel, Siemens, Nissan, Esh Group and High Tide Foundation. During the event, some of the latest Industrial Cadets representing schools such as St. Mary’s Catholic School, Kenton School, St. Peter’s School and Redcar Academy had the chance to meet HRH Prince Charles in person as he shook hands and engaged in light conversations.
Ran under the management of education charity, EDT (the Engineering development trust), the strict quality control of the Industrial Cadets accreditation has delivered an impressive impact for the young people involved. Over 95% of Cadets identify an improvement in their work relevant skills such as team work, critical thinking, communication and organisation and planning. Importantly for the vision of Industrial Cadets, 70% of the Cadets taking part feel they are more likely to go into industry as a result of being an Industrial Cadet.
A study commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering, found that the British industry will need 100,000 new graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects every year until 2020 just to maintain current employment numbers. However, thanks to Industrial Cadets’ efforts, there are now more than 3500 Industrial Cadets, drawn from over 1000 schools. More than 200 companies have run Industrial Cadet accredited programmes and over 400 employees have been trained as mentors.
If you’re interested in STEM and would like to find out how you can become an Industrial Cadet, Contact the team.
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
Tel: 01642 289211 •
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