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Silver Standard - UK Students Become Industrial Cadets with Jacobs

Jacobs has awarded eighteen local students their Industrial Cadet Silver Awards after they recently completed an Industrial Cadets’ accredited Workplace Experience program at the Company’s office in Stockton-on-Tees, U.K. At the end of the week-long program, students from Teesside schools presented on what they had learned to Jacobs’ local leaders and school representatives.

“We are heavily involved in work with local schools to raise awareness of engineering, construction and related roles and encourage students to pursue challenging and rewarding careers in the local science, engineering and technology industries,” said Jacobs Vice President Aerospace and Technology, Peter Lutwyche. “Young people are the lifeblood of our industry and we welcome our engagement with local schools and colleges to open the doors to an exciting and rewarding career."

Rachel Mackie, EDT’s Area Employment Engagement Manager for Industrial Cadets (North East), “We are so pleased to get Jacobs’ Stockton operation on board with Industrial Cadets. They have an excellent workplace program giving local young people an insight into Industry. These experiences outside the classroom are invaluable in helping to inspire the next generation of talent. The program has been mapped against the Industrial Cadets Accreditation Silver level framework to ensure the students get the most they possibly can out of their experience, as part of a nationally recognized initiative.”

The award structure is based on skills and competencies acquired with minimum required hours set for graduation at each level. Jacobs’ program is divided into half days with skills activities delivered by Jacobs’ recent graduates and apprentices. Students handle a range of activities across disciplines such as mechanical, civil and process engineering, and accumulate a file of evidence. They are certificated for a Silver Award if they demonstrate a positive attitude throughout the necessary 30 hours of workplace experience.

Heather Leighton, Subject Leader within Design Technology All Saints Academy Ingleby Barwick added, “Given the opportunity to participate in the presentation and graduation ceremony was a great honor, the students excelled in their presentations, demonstrating excellent subject knowledge, confidence and increased understanding of the careers and pathways available to them.  It was a fantastic experience seeing All Saints students using the opportunity to work alongside engineers with such a diverse worldwide company. Jacobs has given our students a great experience.”

Jacobs’ Stockton team plan further work experience weeks for local schools, with the next scheduled for 2-5 May 2017.

Celebrating its fifth birthday this year, Industrial Cadets is an industry-led accreditation in the U.K. that provides employers with a structured approach to building a future talent pipeline. Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales to connect industry with young people, employers provide workplace experiences to enthuse 11 to 19-year-olds, helping them develop personal skills and raise awareness of career opportunities. Young people can achieve a nationally recognized accreditation on completion of the program, have access to industry role model mentors and go on to access further opportunities after graduation through the Industrial Cadets Online Network.

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