A Wearside car parts business is training new cadets.
Unipres is helping to improve the skills and careers understanding of young people by signing up to the Industrial Cadets initiative.
Nine students from Castle View Enterprise Academy have already ‘graduated’ as Industrial Cadets at silver level in a special ceremony.
Unipres, which provides parts to Honda and Nissan for a wide range of vehicles already has a significant and well established apprenticeship programme which is due to increase to 20 students this year, but the Industrial Cadets accreditation allows them to address younger students who are still considering the careers they wish to follow and the school subjects they need to study to achieve those careers.
Rachel Mackie, Area Employment Engagement Manager for Industrial Cadets said: “Many young people are not fully aware of the career opportunities that exist in their local area and an Industrial Cadet accredited work experience allows them to get an in-depth view of local industry which teaches them new skills and gives them inspiration about their future career.
“The Industrial Cadets who have graduated at Unipres have spent more than 32 hours at the company, learning all about the business from human resources and finance through to the core activities of engineering and component manufacture.
“At the graduation they had to make a presentation of their experiences, learning important new skills around communications, teamwork, project management and presentations skills.”
Unipres plant director, John Cruddace, said about the graduation: “This is the first time we have been involved in the Industrial Cadets initiative.
“It’s another step in the process to try to inspire kids to think about engineering as a career path.
“It’s perfectly aligned to what we want to achieve and can help us to future-proof ourselves against skills shortages.”
Rachel said: “I am delighted that the Unipres work with Castle View Enterprise Academy is going to be spread to engagement with other schools as well.
“It is important that many other Wearside employers come on board with Industrial Cadets as well to really engage local young people with local industry and help develop a pool of potential future recruits who understand the skills they need to develop to be useful to companies based in the North East.”