Precision Engineering Components AVPE have become the first SME company in the UK to complete an Industrial Cadet placement under the new Aerospace Industrial Cadet Programme (AICP). AICP was initiated by the Aerospace Growth Partnership Skills Group as an initiative in association with the national workplace experience accreditation Industrial Cadets to improve the flow of the right quality of young people into the aerospace industry.
Chairman of AVPE, Chris Steel, says
Jacobs is a major employer in Cumbria, so Chloe Pascoe from Egremont was delighted when she heard that she had won a workplace experience placement with Jacobs through the local “Dream Placement” programme. Chloe had qualified for the Jacobs Workplace Experience programme at the company’s nuclear centre of excellence on Westlakes Science and Technology Park in West Cumbria.
Leading aerospace manufacturer Rolls-Royce has been running work experience activity with local schools for many years and over the past year accredited them using the Industrial Cadets framework.
Matthew Dark took part in the 2011 Tata Steel cohort, the first to be accredited by Industrial Cadets. Although he was reluctant to apply at first, due to negative misconceptions about engineering, Matthew went on to complete the course, and has worked towards a career in Engineering ever since.
Tata Steel (now British Steel) have had a long standing relationship with Industrial Cadets. Find out more about how Tata Steel originally became part of this programme.
At Tata Steel (now British Steel) each session aims to give the cadet an insight into the different aspects of a large manufacturing business. The site tours are followed by interactive exercises designed to under pin the knowledge as well as developing some key competencies. Although each session follows a standard format they have been created by local plant personnel to ensure the experience is as varied as the industry it works in.
The ‘Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge’ is a challenge aimed at students in school aged 11 – 19 years old. The challenge involves 3 to 6 team members working together to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive vehicle to set specific ations that can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that will emulate that of real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do. Teams entering the challenge will spend a number of weeks designing, researching, building and project managing their 4x4 vehicle to enter it into a regional heat to compete against other schools from their area with regional winners moving through to a national final.
David Lynch, Head of Engineering, GlaxoSmithKline explains how the initiative provides an excellent method of meeting the company's objectives in inspiring future science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) talent saying: "GSK firmly believes that the Industrial Cadets programme represents a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation about the exciting and rewarding career paths in STEM subjects within the UK that have a positive global impact. In support of this initiative we provide talented role models and engaging activities from within our diverse organisation."