Industrial cadets sign on for Work Discovery

Nissan's Les Thurlow with Oxclose Community Academy pupils Lewis Robinson, Liam Hind and James O'Donnell at last year's Work Discovery event at the Stadium of Light
Nissan's Les Thurlow with Oxclose Community Academy pupils Lewis Robinson, Liam Hind and James O'Donnell at last year's Work Discovery event at the Stadium of Light
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Sunderland’s Work Discovery scheme is giving students a chance to get the Royal seal of approval.

The project, which prepares young people for the world of work, has joined forces with a national accreditation scheme inspired by Prince Charles.

Work Discovery Sunderland shares the same vision and we hope the addition of the Industrial Cadet award to their CVs will increase the employability of young people who engage with Work Discovery Sunderland.

Rachel Mackie

Work Discovery Sunderland is partnered with the Industrial Cadets scheme, which will allow some of the young people taking part in Work Discovery Sunderland to receive Industrial Cadets awards.

Industrial Cadets – which was rolled out nationally in 2014 – accredits work placement experiences through assessing the skills and competencies gained by the young people, and the range of activity they undertake against a framework standard.

“Being involved with Industrial Cadets is a fantastic new opportunity for the schools involved in the Work Discovery activities,” said Paul McEldon, co-chairman of Work Discovery Sunderland.

“It means we can maximise the benefits for the young people taking part, particularly as many of them will gain bronze or silver level Industrial Cadets’ awards as a result of taking part.”

Work Discovery Sunderland includes Work Discovery Week, which this year runs from July 11 to 15, with a week of activities including an opening day at the Stadium of Light.

Rachel Mackie, Industrial Cadets’ area employment engagement manager for the North East, said: “Work Discovery Sunderland shares the same vision, and we hope the addition of the Industrial Cadet award to their CVs will increase the employability of young people who engage with Work Discovery Sunderland.”