Cadets into Apprenticeships

There are currently more than thirteen thousand cadets across East Anglia associated with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Amongst them are many driven, talented individuals seeking employment or shortly due to reach employment age. What better talent pool could you find right on your doorstep?

What can employers gain from hiring Cadets?

According to a recent survey, 67% of UK business leaders say young employees lack the skills they are looking for such as time management and teamwork. This is where employing cadets could prove very beneficial.

The cadet forces can offer employers senior cadets (16+) who will typically have been in a disciplined organisation for around four years.  During that time they will have risen to be a junior leader within their group of cadets, and will have been accustomed to instructing the newer cadets on a range of subjects in the cadet training syllabus. Apart from gaining military qualifications, senior cadets will also have acquired soft skills including

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communications
  • Problem solving
  • Fitness

Some will have gained recognisable first aid qualifications such as Heartstart or FAW and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Senior cadets who have been on cadet leadership courses may also have earned a BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, a BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community or an ILM Certificate in Team Leading. You will also notice that cadets have a positive “Can Do” attitude, are reliable, have learned the habit of turning up on time and are keen to succeed.

This is all in addition to the regular ways in which an apprenticeship can benefit your business by

  • Solving recruitment challenges
  • Breeding creativity and enthusiasm with new talent who bring in fresh ideas
  • Providing training that’s tailored to the needs and requirements of your business – learning can even be done in your workplace, minimising disruption and maximising impact
  • If you employ an apprentice below the age of 25, you will no longer be required to pay employer National Insurance contributions for them

Would you like to advertise your apprenticeship opportunities to senior cadets?

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As a business how do I contact local cadet units?

Businesses in East Anglia who sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and are engaged in the Employer Recognition Scheme are invited to contact our Regional Employer Engagement Director Kristina Carrington to explore how they can extend that partnership through inviting cadets to apply for apprenticeships.  


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