Academy pupils pioneer new training programme

Pictured are the S2 pupils who took part in the Industrial Cadets programme.
Pictured are the S2 pupils who took part in the Industrial Cadets programme.

Pupils from Forfar Academy are among the first in Scotland to take part in a new employment initiative endorsed by HRH the Prince of Wales.

‘Industrial Cadets’ is an industry-led accredication scheme for workplace experience that aims to improve employment prospects for Scottish school pupils and to also create a skilled and motivated workforce.

The programme involves industry-based activities where 11-19 year olds can develop personal skills and raise their awareness of careers available, at the same time enabling employers to develop a structured approach to recruitment and training.

Local pupils joined others from Montrose Academy and four North Ayrshire schools to work with global pharmaceutical manufacturer Glaxosmithkline (GSK) on a 10-week project called Go4SET. They graduated last week as Industrial Cadets at Bronze level at a celebration event at Dumfries House, near Cumnock.

The programme involved undertaking a series of activities including visiting GSK facilities, meeting role models working in a range of different jobs, and working on a project on the theme of ‘The Business of Recycling’.

It is hoped that the Industrial Cadets accreditation will spread across workplace experience programmes in Scotland, providing a standard ensuring that such programmes give balanced experience including site visits, presentations, hands-on team tasks, workshops and projects.