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Industrial Cadets Bronze Project

Students will work as a team on a set STEM project and have the opportunity to gain key skills for learning, life, and work.

Industrial Cadets Bronze Project

Students develop key skills for learning, life, and work, and inform their future career paths and the exciting STEM opportunities available to them.

Open to teams of 4 to 6 Year 8 and 9 students, it involves completing an exciting STEM project over 12 week (20+ hours).

Aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence and the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, it enhances the work students complete in their academic education.

At the end of the scheme, students graduate as Bronze-level Industrial Cadets, a nationally recognised award that students can use as evidence of their experience and take forward to complement their future applications and career journeys.

There are 2 cohorts: 

  • 27 November 2023 to 18 March 2024
  • 4 March to 10 June 2024

The deadline to register to take part is 4 March 2024.

Reasons to take part

Ready to-go project options – The choice of ‘off the shelf’ project briefs to work on exploring current STEM themes including sustainability, the environment and digital skills and many more.

Flexible engagement – A flexible mixture of physical and virtual elements, from virtual mentor meetings and live webinars to in-school mentor meetings and company visits, streamlines participation and reduces physical event logistics for the school.

Interaction with industry professionals – Teams meet and interact with their very own STEM role model who provides guidance, support and insight into industry throughout the project, whilst strengthening the school’s links with industry.

Insight into a real workplace - A physical or virtual company tour from your partnering company showcasing key projects and sites provides further industry context and early insight into the workplace.

What's involved?

  • Virtual launch event
  • Industry mentoring
  • Company site visit
  • Discovery sessions (Q&A)
  • Virtual graduation event
  • Face-to-face regional celebration event


£160 +VAT per team of 6 students from Year 8 or 9.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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