UTC Students Join Industrial Cadets Scheme

9 April 2014

UTC Students Join Industrial Cadets Scheme

Pictured: UTC Sheffield students on a recent visit to Tata Steel’s site in Rotherham.

UTC Sheffield students are gaining an inside view of the advanced engineering sector after being recruited to a training scheme run by industry heavyweight Tata Steel’s speciality steel business.

Thirteen learners have joined the Tata Steel Industrial Cadets programme, which aims to bring industry to life for young people and equips them with the skills, information and opportunities for a successful career.

As part of the programme, which lasts 12 months, students spend two hours a week taking part in hands on activities at Tata Steel sites or at the UTC Sheffield.

The cadets will be introduced to various aspects of business including engineering, manufacturing, design, sales, marketing and finance. They will visit the steelworks and take part in hands-on workshops and learning activities that support their curriculum.

The programme is delivered by Tata Steel staff, and the students have to apply to join it. On successful completion, students are guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship at Tata Steel so long as they are on course to achieve their GCSEs.

Nick Crew, UTC Sheffield Principal, said: “We are delighted that Tata Steel is supporting UTC Sheffield. We provide our students with a well rounded education comprising traditional academic and technical qualifications. Support from employers is integral to preparing our students for the world of work, and developing their skills and future prospects for careers and university.”

Tony Goddard, Lead Training Advisor, Tata Steel, said: “Exposing young people to the types of experiences and activities involved in the industrial cadet scheme prepares them for potential careers in our industries. This not only gives the students an exclusive advantage, but also gives future employers an applicant who has a very good understanding of industry and associated careers.”

UTC Sheffield offers 14 to 19-year-olds GCSEs and A Levels, in addition to a technical qualification in either creative and digital media, or advanced engineering and manufacturing. The first institution of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber, UTC Sheffield’s catchment area is Sheffield City Region including South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire.

More than 40 employers are already backing UTC Sheffield in a range of ways. This includes providing guaranteed recruitment interviews, sponsorship, work placements and setting industry based projects. Applications for places for September 2014 are still being accepted.