Industrial Cadets work simulation programme

In 2010, HRH The Prince of Wales, together with business, acknowledged the need to create a talent pipeline and a skilled future workforce, whilst helping young people to develop the skills they need to enter industry with confidence and become better informed about careers available.

Industrial Cadets is an industry-led accreditation, which allows employers of all sizes to run accredited experiences for young people aged 11-19, in order to support the creation of a talent pipeline for UK industry.

In March 2015, TMUK joined with Industrial Cadets following support from Nissan UK in Sunderland and in partnership with NAC in Gateshead.

Here is a brief flavour of the programme:

The 5 day programme (totalling 30 hours) takes place at our Burnaston facility, is designed for year 10 (aged 14-15) and takes the form of an experiential work placement. The young people are assessed against a series of competencies and work place behaviours. They get involved in team working activity, completing log books, presentations, whilst accepting a number of challenges along the way.

Pivotal to the week is the understanding of Toyota’s journey, its philosophies and principles that guide TMUK today. The young people learn about the similarities between school and the workplace, along with the importance of professional behaviour and good teamwork. They also undertake a shop-floor tour to see first-hand the Toyota principles in action. They have an opportunity to see the world-renowned Toyota Production System in practice, see teamwork at its best and view manufacturing processes at the heart of our facility.

The classroom challenge is to build a small car and, to do this, they are set several tasks. This includes understanding the importance of following instructions, reading technical drawings or manuals and working as a team to create standardised work sheets. They are challenged to introduce a production line, understand line balance and calculate takt times (process times). All skills which are transferrable to their school and home life.

Throughout the week, the young people complete a log book of their learning and skills attained, which becomes a great addition to their career portfolio.

Upon successful completion of the week’s activity, the young people receive a nationally recognised Industrial Cadets Silver Award, during a graduation ceremony. The young people create and deliver a presentation of their experience and learning to members of the TMUK management team, along with Industrial Cadets and school representatives. Finally, there is an opportunity for a career discussion with TMUK engineers and apprentices.

Places are limited to a small number of our partner schools. Should you have any queries, please email

Industrial Cadets provides a flexible framework for all sizes of employers to enable them to run accredited workplace experiences. If you are interested in supporting young people to develop the skills they need to give them a valuable workplace experience and a nationally recognised award, email

Industrial Cadet Inaugural Awards 2017

The Inaugural Awards took place in March 2017 at the IET Savoy Place, London, to celebrate and showcase achievements of Cadets, Employers and Schools/Colleges that have been part of the programme.

The Awards showcase and present Excellence Awards to selected individuals, schools, colleges and employers, whilst also celebrating achievements made by young people who have given something back as a result of taking part in the Industrial Cadets programme.

Jack and MJE

Jack, of Murray Park School, Derby attended the Industrial Cadet programme in February 2016. The programme proved to be a turning point in Jack’s life in terms of both his approach and attitude towards his education, giving him stronger direction to pursue a career within Engineering and Manufacturing.

Jack was nominated for an individual award for Industrial Cadet of the Year. This award is made to an outstanding cadet who has embraced the opportunity afforded by the programme and is deemed to have enhanced their understanding and sense of opportunity for future development. Jack was shortlisted to the last 4 from 150 nominated cadets – well done Jack, you should be very proud!

Mandy Evans, of Learning and Development at TMUK, was nominated and shortlisted to the last 4 for the Industrial Cadets Changemaker Award. This award celebrates an individual who has made a significant and impactful difference to support the success of the Industrial Cadets initiative.

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