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Industrial cadets

Careers guidance
Backed by the Prince of Wales, the Industrial Cadets scheme gives students an insight into the range of careers found in UK industry. Penny Tysoe explains.

The provision of career insights for secondary school pupils has caused much soul-searching. How do students form their career expectations? What do they understand of the jobs on offer in their local area, particularly in industry based away from residential areas? Do they know what skills and qualifications they will need to pursue such careers? How can the career aspirations of students be raised so they pursue studies which will best equip them for fulfilling and sustainable careers?

It was concerns like these which sparked a conversation between the Prince of Wales and executives of Tata Steel on a royal visit to the North East in 2010. 

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