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Industrial Cadets Bronze Project

Students develop key skills for learning, life and work and inform their future career paths and the exciting STEM opportunities available to them. Aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence and the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, it enhances the work students complete in their academic education. At the end of the scheme, students graduate as Bronze-level Industrial Cadets, a nationally recognised award that students can use as evidence of their experience and take forward to complement their future applications and career journeys.


The following are some of the key advantages that your school or college will gain from this project, and by participating in this scheme your students will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of industries whilst working on a structured programme aligned to Gatsby Benchmarks/ Careers and Education Standards.


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Ready to-go Project Options – The choice of ‘off the shelf’ project briefs to work on exploring current STEM themes including sustainability, the environment and digital skills and many more.

Flexible Engagement – A flexible mixture of physical and virtual elements, from virtual mentor meetings and live webinars to in-school mentor meetings and company visits, streamlines participation and reduces physical event logistics for the school.

Interaction with Industry Professionals – Teams meet and interact with their very own STEM role model who provides guidance, support and insight into industry throughout the project, whilst strengthening the school’s links with industry.

Insight into a Real Workplace - A physical or virtual company tour from your partnering company showcasing key projects and sites provides further industry context and early insight into the workplace.

A Structured Programme - Captures key learning skills and outcomes through a guided structure and assessment process, project management and a structured skills development workbook.

Skill Development and Confidence Building -Provides experience in presenting a solution in a variety of formats, including a formal written report and presentation to a panel of senior industry professionals, enabling young people to express their views on important global issues.


Measures and builds key skills:  communication,

teamwork, innovation, critical thinking, & problem solving. 

Measured Learning Outcomes - Meets the Gatsby Benchmarks/Careers standards and aligns to the Sustainability Development Goals and National Curriculum, exploring science and technology within an industrial context.

A Safe Online Environment – All mentors complete safeguarding training with EDT and can utilise the online environment for easy and secure check-in with students through the project. EDT also ensures that all mentors have current enhanced DBS checks.

Broader engagement - As well as interaction with your mentor(s), students have the opportunity to engage virtually with a wider variety of graduate and professional engineers, scientists and technologists from industry, enhancing industrial enterprise links not limited by geography



Practical STEM Projects – Teams work on a project surrounding a current STEM theme such as the environment, circular economy and the digital world, with the support of mentors from industry.

Virtual Launch Event

  • Participants attend a national virtual launch event which provides an introduction to the scheme, a team challenge, project management guidance, student teams and supporting mentors. the opportunity to determine project choices, and an initial meeting between student teams and supporting mentors.

  • Mentors and lead teachers attend a virtual ‘training’ session in advance to understand their respective roles in supporting the project, receive a safeguarding induction, meet other participants, and ask questions.

Weekly Team Meetings - Students meet regularly with their teacher’s support to work on their project, assign tasks and keep track of progress.

3 Mentor Sessions (minimum) – An industry professional from your partnering company meets your student team face-to-face in school or virtually throughout the project, providing guidance and industry insight long the way. Students gain EDTsupport on how to get the most out of their mentor.

Company Site Visit - A great opportunity for your supporting company to showcase a key project, site, or simply office environment to your student team where possible to provide richer industry context. If unable to arrange a physical site visit, a virtual
tour or recorded company material can be offered where available. Failing that, we aim to have pool of virtual company tours available to correspond to the theme of your project.

Industry Role Model Q&A Webinar – A live virtual session that provides students with the opportunity to ask questions to industry professionals from a variety of STEM backgrounds from across the UK.

Project Assessment - Student teams produce a written report and model of their solution and deliver a presentation to a panel of industry experts, with the support of a student workbook.

Assessment criteria is based on core elements such as technical skills, project management, communication and sustainability.

Graduation Event – There will be virtual assessments and graduation, followed by regional events where projects are showcased, awards are presented and student achievements are celebrated.

School Admin Cost - £160 + VAT for a team of 6

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My School is an Island

Future Proof Designing Building for Climate Change

My Healthy Lifestyle

Transforming Tomorrow’s Tech

 Zero Waste World

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There are four things that student teams should produce, using guidance from a team workbook. Some are completed
together in weekly meetings and others independently.

1. A Written Report
A written report is the most substantial part of the project where teams demonstrate their planning, research, ideas and solutions in detail.

2. A Model or Poster
A physical/digital model that provides a visual representation of the team’s solution and is showcased to industry
experts and graduation event attendees.

3. A Team Presentation
Teams deliver a 5-10-minute presentation to industry assessors at the graduation event about their project and how they came up with their chosen solution.

4. A Student Workbook
A guidance and self-reflection tool for each student to use individually, providing space to track progress and actions as they progress through the project and record reflections.


"I learnt more about how things work, for example the many sources of energy like solar and tidal, which I did not know much about before.”

— Student

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