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HRH The Prince of Wales visited Tata Steel in Teesside

Inspired by Royalty

In May 2010 HRH The Prince of Wales visited Tata Steel (now British Steel) in Teesside. During the visit he said he’d like to see manufacturing companies doing more to engage with young people, to raise awareness of industry and job opportunities. Tata Steel was inspired to take action and decided to launch a pilot project to engage with local schools in Redcar. ‘Industrial Cadets’ was the name proposed by The Prince of Wales.


The Tata Steel pilot was created with 24 students, aged 13-14

From Pilot to Roll-out

The 2011 Tata Steel pilot consisted of a group of 24 students, aged 13-14 years from 5 local schools. These young people, signed up to take part in an 8-week programme of activities and ‘graduated’ as Industrial Cadets at the end. The Prince of Wales visited Tata Steel (now British Steel) to see the pilot project in action and, impressed with what he saw, agreed to help champion the expansion of the programme.


Gaining support and securing funding


Industrial Cadets wins the support of the Department for Communities and Local Government, providing seed funding to support the 2012 expansion.


1,400 graduates and over £4.7 million in funding

A 3 year plan

In 2014, having already graduated over 1,400 Industrial Cadets, the initiative received over £4.7 million in funding, with additional funding from a co-investment model, £1.8 million provided by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and the remainder as a mix of cash and in-kind contributions from the employers involved, to reach an additional 4,200 young people over the next 3 years.


During 2014/15 2,000+ young people became Cadets

Making an impact

During 2014/15 Industrial Cadets created the opportunity for over 2,000 young people to take part in accredited experiences across a 12 month period, developing skills such as creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving and more!


HRH The Prince of Wales appoints the first 6 Industrial Cadets Ambassadors

Industry Leaders appointed as Industrial Cadets Ambassadors

In March 2016 HRH The Prince of Wales welcomed the appointment of the first 6 ambassadors who will champion Industrial Cadets by promoting the use of the Industrial Cadet accreditation within their own companies.


The first IC Awards launched to celebrate those involved in the programme

Inaugural Industrial Cadets Awards

250 people attended the Inaugural Industrial Cadets Awards, in March, at The IET’s Savoy Place. The event was supported by many high level sponsors and celebrated the achievements of cadets and their employers who have participated in the programme. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Major Tim Peake both sent their messages of support and gratitude via video message.

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UK Industrial Cadets Awards 2018, attended by HRH The Prince of Wales to celebrate the achievement of all the young people, employers, schools and colleges who have been involved with Industrial Cadets.

I really enjoyed the trips to the plant to see how the computer system was used to control all the mechanical parts of the process, I loved learning how products were made and would love to see it in a more in depth way.

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