More employers join forces with Industrial Cadets to run accredited workplace experiences


Accenture, Centrax Turbine Components Limited, Galliford Try, High Tide Foundation, Sage UK Ltd and UTC Aerospace Sytems, have all signed up to run accredited experiences over the 2015/16 academic year, with Industrial Cadets.



Across 2014/15 over 50 employers signed up to take part in accredited experiences, which resulted in over 2,000 young people gaining nearly 48,000 hours of workplace experience, accumulatively. Of these young people, 94% said that they learnt more about careers in manufacturing and industry having taken part, which was a key consideration for HRH the Prince of Wales in 2010 when he first inspired the initiative.

All six employers will be accrediting work experience models with Industrial Cadets across 2015/16, which will result in the young people taking part graduating as either Bronze or Silver level Cadets, at the end of the experience. These experiences will take a minimum of either 20 or 30 hours, and will develop employability skills in the young people taking part, such as creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving and digital skills, as well as personal and interpersonal development.

High Tide are no strangers to the benefits of accrediting their work experience with Industrial Cadets, having successfully run a six-week long placement programme with Cadets graduating at Bronze level during July 2015. Their graduation ceremony, held at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, recognised the achievements of twenty-one Year 9 students from seven schools across both of the Redcar and Cleveland and Hartlepool areas.

Many employers across the UK are working with Industrial Cadets to improve careers awareness in young people and develop skills that will be important in a future career in industry. David Barnett, Learning and Development Manager, Yamazaki Mazak UK Limited, said “For many years I have been responsible for our work experience intake, where normally we would offer twelve places per year with a primary focus on our manufacturing department. I felt that this approach was very dated and did not match our corporate responsibility to the local community.“

“When looking for alternatives I came across the Industrial Cadets model, which appeared to fit what we were looking for. With a wide range of activities and skills on offer from company and sector research, site visits, hands on activities and company presentations culminating in a graduation and presentation of programme outcomes, we felt that this was the way forward.”

“Since starting in February 2014 we have had six schools sign up for the programme, a total of thirty students in all. The first participating school set the standard very high, with students fully engaged with all activities, they were a credit both to themselves and their school. All departmental managers commented on the exceptional standard set by these young people, as well as having really enjoyed the whole experience. The support that we have had from the Industrial Cadets’ team has been really good, from our first meeting, right up to and including the graduation ceremony they have been with us all the way.”


Would you like to join other employers in industry who are running quality workplace experiences with Industrial Cadets? Contact the team to find out more about how our flexible framework can meet your needs.


Date published: 
September 9, 2015