08 Mar 2016

Industrial Cadets celebrate graduation

Twenty-seven students from across Scunthorpe have graduated as Industrial Cadets. The year nine students all graduated with a bronze award.

The Industrial Cadets programme is designed to raise awareness of careers available for young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Throughout the programme, our cadets were involved in a number of site tours and a variety of exciting challenges that made use of their STEM knowledge. Ethan Eldridge, a cadet from St Bedes senior school, said: “I have really enjoyed being part of the Industrial Cadets programme. Going on the site tours and seeing how steel is made has been really interesting and encouraged me to pursue a career in engineering.”

At the end of the three-day programme, our cadets delivered a presentation to their teachers, parents and employees from across the site. The presentations covered four topic areas: plant areas and what they do; health and safety; the importance of communication; and their highlights from the programme.

Laura Marsden, Early Career Development Advisor, said: “Over the past five years we’ve put approximately 200 Industrial Cadets through the Bronze Award, which all helps to build our talent pipeline. The cadets have shown lots of enthusiasm throughout the programme. We have tested their ability and they have shown great potential.”

Each cadet received a certificate for their hard work, with three individuals receiving an extra award for their outstanding contribution to the programme.

Chris Vaughan, Works Manager Steelmaking, said: “It is important to encourage young people to pursue a career in the STEM subjects as they are an important part of our future. This programme gives them a fantastic way to experience this exciting industry and provides them with early connections for potential future career opportunities. It is great to see so many young people interested in taking part and learning a lot in a short space of time. Congratulations to all involved.”