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Industrial Cadets Gold Project

A 20-week programme where students are partnered with a company to complete a real life project, and gain an award to complement future career aspirations!

Industrial Cadets Gold Project

Industrial Cadets Gold involves teams of students working on a 20-week course partnered with industry to complete a real-life STEM project.

This helps students to develop their employability skills and graduate as Gold Level Industrial Cadets - a nationally-recognised award.

The programme is carefully structured and aligned to many Gatsby Benchmarks.

Teams interact with their very own mentor; a STEM role model, who provides guidance, support, and insight into industry.

Alongside industry support, the project offers higher education and careers sessions to increase awareness and understanding of future pathways and options available to students.

One of the most exciting elements of the course is a real experience of university through a residential workshop!

There is 1 cohort on the following dates: 2 November 2023 to 6 May 2024. The deadline to register is 2 November 2023.

What's involved?

  • Real-life STEM projects – Teams work on a project dictated by their partnering company specific to their industry needs, or a ready-made project surrounding a current STEM theme such as renewable energy, digital automation, and circular economy.
  • Virtual launch event for students, virtual training session for mentor and teacher
  • Weekly team meetings
  • 10 Mentor Sessions (10 hours) – A STEM professional meets your students face-to-face in school or virtually throughout the project, providing guidance and industry insight. EDT support students on how to get the most out of their mentor.
  • Company site visit
  • A residential university workshop - A 2-day stay at a leading university such as Cambridge or Loughborough to use their facilities and staff team to create the project model.
  • Project assessment
  • Graduation event 


£385 + VAT for a team of 6.

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
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • 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
  • Encounters with further and higher education

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.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

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

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