Industrial cadet scheme moulds the talent of tomorrow
Whilst the manufacturing and industrial sector may not seem as glamorous as a career as a reality TV or pop star, a new programme is set to encourage kids aged 12-14 to aspire to become the engineering and industrial talent of tomorrow.
Tata Steel’s Industrial Cadets scheme is being rolled out nationally after a successful pilot in Teesside.
Career cadets scheme gives industrial sector the Royal treatment
And whilst some teenagers may still yearn for a showbiz career, those enrolling on the programme still get a hint of celebrity. The scheme got its name courtesy of HRH The Prince of Wales.
The Prince visited one of Tata Steel’s Teesside plants back in 2010, and urged companies to engage more with young people to raise awareness of the exciting opportunities the UK industrial sector offers. As a result, Tata Steel created ‘Industrial Cadets’, the name suggested by HRH himself.
A career fit for a prince
The scheme brings together local manufacturers and students with the aim of educating youngsters about all the potential careers and possibilities the sector offers. Students on the scheme will learn valuable, career-building skills through mentoring, site visits and projects, making them the ideal candidates for industry jobs in the future.
The national roll-out of the scheme, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, has been developed by charity EDT, which specialises in linking business and education. It is aiming to offer 400 Industrial Cadet places in towns and cities across the UK with the hope of more in the future.
Thanks to this expansion, local industrial companies all over the country will now get the opportunity to mould the future workforce in their local areas, giving youngsters a life-long career to aspire to at a time when future employment opportunities for the youth of today are of primary concern.
What other job gives you the chance to shape the future?
And what other career sector offers all this within reach – international travel, the ability to work anywhere, and the unique and exciting prospect of literally helping to shape our world – today, tomorrow and years from now. It may not be showbiz, but you can’t argue that the UK manufacturing and industrial sector doesn’t have the ‘X’ factor.