Industrial Cadets Week 

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EDT is committed to offering young people the opportunity to experience high-quality interactions with businesses and educators across the UK.

Thank you for joining us for Industrial Cadets Week. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Building on the success of the 2019 Industrial Cadets Awards campaign, we are seizing the opportunity to ensure young people do not miss out on the chance to develop the skills they need to enter industry with confidence. Industrial Cadets Week 2020 took place from 23rd - 27th November and gave students a sneak peek into the exciting world of work, and unique access to established professionals and emerging young talent across a wide range of sectors.

We hope that these corporate insight sessions sparked interest in all the exciting opportunities available, including virtual work experiences.


Thank you to all our inspiring employer panels and partners (GE, GFG Foundation, GSK, TCS & De Montfort University) who made the experience a success.

Timetable of the week


From Monday to Thursday there was a focus on career insights into STEM themes and industries that will help students aged between 15-18  think about their next step. Each day was led by a partner company and included:

  • an introduction to their company and what they do

  • insight into industry roles and teams

  • an opportunity to hear from existing placement students, apprentices and graduates that are based there

  • Each day will end with a Q&A 'Meet the Mentor' employer panel where students can ask questions

On Friday, we had a discussion with employers to talk about the creative ways companies are developing virtual work experiences, and EDT's plans to collaborate with companies for the Spring and Summer of 2021.



Resource packs for students

During Industrial Cadets Week, we launched the resource packs suitable for 11-14 year olds to complete during the week, or to continue to work on throughout the rest of the term. These packs were flexible, ready-made activities that fit easily into the school day and students can continue to work on them at home.


TCS Resource Pack
Thanks to our partner TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), the Digital Design resource takes a dive into the exciting world of digital technology. It combines discovery and inquiry-based learning with maths and english, and encourages students to think critically and creatively.

GFG Foundation Resource Pack
Thanks to our partner GFG Foundation, the Sustainability & the Environment resource pack will introduce students to some of the most pressing environmental issues of the 21st century, which can be combatted using some fundamental principles of STEM.


Find out more about our partners of Industrial Cadets Week 2020:

‘Building a world that works’ -  GE (General Electric) will give you an insight into GE in the UK and meet its people. You will learn about how GE builds a world that works - moving, powering and curing the world. We hope you’ll enjoy listening to the personal and career journeys of some of GE’s “STEM Inspirers”, as well as the amazing projects they’re working on. GE drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges, bringing real progress and possibility to every corner of the planet —safely delivering people where they need to go; powering homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses; and offering more precise diagnostics and care when patients need it most.  After a century at the forefront of industrial manufacturing, GE is transforming its portfolio of businesses to continue that pioneering leadership in the new technological era. This year, GE launched their #STEMtogether campaign which is a new STEM Inspiration scheme for Year 7-13 students and takes place purely online.

Click here to find out more.

GFG Foundation theme for Industrial Cadets week will focus on sustainable industry. On Monday of Industrial Cadets Week, there is the opportunity to hear about GFG Alliance and the GFG Foundation: champions of sustainable industry who have launched CN30: Carbon Neutral by 2030, a wide-reaching program that will transform industrial manufacturing for a truly sustainable future.  

The 'insight into' day will provide unique insight into the GFG Alliance businesses, create the chance to hear from employees from different industrial pillars, find out more about the businesses, understand a “day in the life” of employees, engage in meet the mentor sessions whilst GFG Foundation provide top tips on what employers are looking for.   

The GFG Foundation can play a vital role in providing opportunities for people to develop essential life and employability skills and therefore increase their employability and life chances. GFG Foundation aims to develop the skills needed to help people start and continue working in specific industries, notably engineering, metals and renewable energy.

Click here to find out more.

GSK are a leading science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer – with important work in this current environment. This is a fantastic opportunity through a series of recordings, videos and live sessions for students to hear more about the careers within this industry. Students will receive an introduction to the varied work at GSK. Learn about some specific roles and teams, hear from placement students across the UK, and through them gain an understanding of what it's like being a graduate or an apprentice. There will also be a Q&A panel, with a chance students to ask live questions.

Click here to find out more.

A part of the TATA Group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 385,000 of the world’s best trained consultants in 45 countries. It is considered a ‘Big Four’ IT Services company. With TCS students will be exposed to the future of technology, work with some of the brightest global minds in the industry and support many of the biggest brands in the UK and worldwide.

Click here to find out more.

De Montfort University (DMU) offers its students and graduates an exceptional programme of career support and industry experience that delivers outstanding results. DMU are in the top 20 universities in the country for graduate employment: 97.3% DMU graduates are in work or further study six months after finishing their undergraduate degree, with 84.6% in highly skilled graduate roles. They have specialist careers teams in every faculty to help students plan their career path and explore opportunities in Leicester, the UK and across the world.

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