All Saints Students Achieve Industrial Cadet Silver Awards with JacobsPosted on March 29th 2017
Jacobs has awarded eighteen local students their Industrial Cadet Silver Awards after they recently completed the Jacobs Workplace Experience programme at the Company’s office in Stockton-on-Tees. At the end of the week-long programme, students from Teesside Schools delivered presentations on what they had learned to Jacobs’ local leaders and local school representatives.
Jacobs Vice President Aerospace and Technology, Peter Lutwyche added, “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. 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."
Jacobs’ Workplace Experience programme in the North East was accredited by Industrial Cadets in February this year, and Jacobs has brought the first 18 students through the programme with the aim to hold more in the future. The award structure is based on skills and competencies acquired with minimum required hours set for graduation at each level. Jacobs programme 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 said, “Given the opportunity to participate in the presentation and graduation ceremony was a great honour, 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.”
Simon Bell, Deputy Headteacher St. Peters Catholic Voluntary Academy, “The students have grown in confidence, maturity, and increased their understanding of the world of work. The quality of their presentations and the obvious teamwork reflected this. Jacobs has given the students a fantastic opportunity to experience a whole range of careers within the engineering industry for which, as a school, we are extremely grateful.”
Benjamin McManus of All Saints said, “Since doing this work experience it has given me a better understanding of the many disciplines there are, and the path I am interested in pursuing.”
Student feedback highlighted the value they gained in being able to talk to specialist engineers across different disciplines and gain an insight into the routes to become an engineer. They also appreciated learning relevant skills such as how to write and perform a presentation, CV writing, teamwork, and computing techniques.
Celebrating its fifth birthday this year, Industrial Cadets is an industry-led accreditation 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 recognised accreditation on completion of the programme, have access to industry role model mentors and go on to access further opportunities after graduation through the Industrial Cadets network.
Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. In the U.K. Jacobs provides entire project life cycle support and technical advice to some of Britain’s most strategic nuclear new build and clean-up projects, defence programmes, and the government estate. Jacobs employs more than 7,000 skilled professional across the country, and has more than 900 graduates, technicians and apprentices currently training in the U.K. Globally, the company employs more than 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.
Well done Mrs Leighton and all the All Saints students taking part!