Information for employers

EDT’s First Edition programme allows young learners (aged 9 – 16) the chance to take part in hands-on workshops showing them how careers in science, technology, engineering and maths can be varied and rewarding. 

We are looking for supporters to help us deliver these inspiring workshops to more education providers and young people around the country.

The First Edition workshops can be held at the school, college or a local university or company. The scheme also runs female only events. Employers can support the First Edition programmes in a variety of ways. Companies can sponsor a local school to take part, enabling more young people to access this incredible learning opportunity. Also, organisations can host workshops onsite or provide careers talks at a school or college. First Edition is designed to work towards fulfilling your companies’ outreach and Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

Industrial Cadets Accreditation

First Edition is accredited by the Industrial Cadets framework at Challenger level. Industrial Cadets is a national standard for workplace experiences, inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales – to ensure that young people develop skills by taking part in these accredited experiences. For more information visit the Industrial Cadets website.


Employers can support the programmes in a variety of ways – from hosting events on company premises to providing careers talks at a school.

  • Inspire young people to consider pursuing a STEM based career by engaging them in a mixture of activities
  • Engage and inspire under-represented groups, especially girls, and help them see that they too can access these interesting and rewarding careers
  • Employees support the event giving your company the opportunity to network and engage with the local community
  • Engage young people and help them shape their future study and career choices

What is the process? 

  1. Employers enquire about working the First Edition team via email to 
  2. We will work with the employer to understand their needs and requirements and arrange the best programme to achieve the employers aims
  3. The First Edition will identify and liaise with the company and schools to confirm a programme for the students to take part in
  4. The First Edition Education Officers will deliver the workshop in schools. 

How much does it cost for employers?

For around £1,800 companies can sponsor a First Edition day, themed around their area of work and will receive an invitation to present during the day.