The Industrial Cadets initiative offers young people key skills and career insights in STEM industries. Penny Tysoe explains

It is now four years since Industrial Cadets, a quality standard for workplace experiences, was rolled out nationally.

Inspired by an idea from the Prince of Wales, the accreditation has grown and developed considerably in that time.

So, what is Industrial Cadets? Prince Charles launched the national roll-out of Industrial Cadets in January 2013. Since then, more than 10,000 young people have graduated as Industrial Cadets through this workplace experience accreditation, of which 45 per cent were female.

More than 200,000 learner training hours have been accredited and Industrial Cadets has worked with more than 800 schools, has engaged with more than 250 employers, and has trained more than 700 Industrial Cadet mentors.

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