A number of employers from within the Rail industry are launching a new initiative called ‘Rail Cadets’, based loosely on the already very popular Air, Army and Industry Cadets.
The goal is to create an inclusive initiative to illustrate to young people of all ages, background and ability, the fulfilling rewards that a career in the Rail Industry can bring.
The aim of Rail Cadets is to present the Rail Industry as an attractive career choice to young people; as it has been identified that there is an increasing need to bridge the STEM skills gap. Collectively, employers want to show young people that you can literally ‘do anything’ within the Rail Industry.
For the young people, alongside getting involved in activities they can touch and feel, Rail Cadets aims to create an employability passport to demonstrate non-technical and leadership skills.
One day interactive events will be planned for students aged between 11 – 14 years (older students will be included as the programme develops). The students will be invited to attend with their parents and teachers, from schools local to the event.
Activities will include: Virtual Reality, an immersive 360° Mission Room, a Train Driving Simulator, plus exciting surprises throughout the day. All activities will be designed for bright young minds who enjoy getting hands-on and learning. The day will be geared towards a future project that students will be invited to participate in, supported by Rail Cadets, whereby the group will return at an agreed date to share the output of their work.
NTAR is ideally placed to assist the Rail Industry with the development of the Rail Cadets programme.
Ultimate Goal | Desired Future Position
Creating Future Talent
Against a background of ever-evolving technology, to create future generations of world-leading talent that is highly skilled and motivated, which the UK Rail Industry can draw upon throughout the 21st century.
What You’re Doing | Objectives and Approach
Seeing the Bigger Picture
An inclusive initiative to illustrate to young people of all ages, background and ability, the fulfilling rewards that a career in the Rail Industry can bring; developing global skills for current and future technologies, challenging and varied work, be part of essential UK infrastructure projects, great job security and teamwork.