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.