Tata Scunthorpe signs up first industrial cadets in the region
Teenagers from four North Lincolnshire schools have been signed up as the region's first-ever industrial cadets.
The 20 students, aged 13 and 14, will follow a nine-week course at the Tata Steel works in Scunthorpe.
The course is aimed at showing them the pros and cons of steel-making.
The youngsters are from Baysgarth School in Barton, Winterton Comprehensive School, St Hugh's Communication and Interaction Specialist College in Scunthorpe and Huntcliff School in Kirton.
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They owe their unique placings to Prince Charles, afterTata Steel ran a successful pilot industrial cadet scheme in Teesside last year.
The move followed discussions with the prince in 2010.
Jon Bolton, director of the company's long products division, said the prince was keen for Tata Steel to work with young people to increase their awareness of how a business operates.
At the same time, it was felt such work would raise their aspirations and excite them about job opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
Mr Bolton said the company was "very excited" about extending the cadets to Scunthorpe – only the second site in the UK to operate the scheme.
He said: "We're keen to invest in young people as they are critical to the future success of the manufacturing industry locally and across the UK.
"The industrial cadet programme will provide valuable information to young people about how business operates and the roles available in a company like ours."
The cadet course will be made up of nine weekly three-hour sessions in a specially-created classroom on the Scunthorpe works.
The young pioneers, who were picked following a formal selection process, will also visit several parts of the site and join in hands-on workshops.
They will also be involved in learning activities that support the curriculum of their respective schools.
At the end of the nine weeks, the successful cadets will be awarded a nationally-recognised qualification.