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Aerospace Industry focuses on future talent pool through Industrial Cadets.

The Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) is lending its support to tackling the industry skills shortage at its root through the Aerospace Industrial Cadets Programme (AICP) which was launched earlier in the year.

The AICP enables companies in the sector to deliver high quality workplace experiences to young people in their recruitment catchment area. This ensures that as many suitable candidates as possible are encouraged to study subjects relevant to aerospace careers and that they are aware of and inspired into jobs that are available in the industry. Mark Stewart, HR Director and Country Manager at Airbus, and Chair of the Aerospace Skills Working Group within the Aerospace Growth Partnership, said, “The Aerospace Industrial Cadets Programme provides a flexible framework for all sizes of employers to enable them to run accredited workplace for young people. Industrial Cadets ensures that these young people can develop work-relevant skills, gives them valuable workplace experience and a nationally recognised award at the end”.

Dr Gordon Mizner, Chief Executive of Engineering Development Trust (EDT), the charity that runs Industrial Cadets  said “Industrial Cadets was inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010 and has since developed into a nationally recognised brand with his support. A number of companies in the aerospace industry have already adopted the accreditation for their work with young people. Among others these include, Airbus, Rolls Royce, UTC Systems, RAF and AEC”.

“These efforts need to be backed up across the UK aerospace sector so that there is a drive, even at school age, to develop the skills and experiences among young people that will equip them for, and inspire them into, being the skilled recruits that the industry needs in large numbers over the coming decades. We are keen to talk to as many aerospace employers as possible about how they can connect with AICP to ensure that we maximise the talent pool available to the UK aerospace industry in coming years.”

The availability of appropriate skills in the UK to support the fast growing aerospace sector is crucial, as the industry reports a worldwide shortage of people with appropriate qualifications. The AICP Programme is an important part of the effort to reverse this trend in the UK. Alongside this new programme, there has been a special bursary fund to help students with the AICP – the Jon Dennision Bursary fund please click here for further information.

Companies in the Aerospace sector who would like explore working with the Aerospace Industrial Cadet Programme should contact Clare Hall c.hall@etrust.org.uk  or 01707 871528 view this short video  and visit our website at www.industrialcadets.org.uk

Photo caption: Inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

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