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Engineering Development Trust

EDT, a registered charity, is the largest provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment activities for young people in the UK. Through taster activities, projects and placements which connect industry, education and young people, EDT delivers life changing experiences for 11-21 year olds nationwide. One of EDT’s most successful initiatives is Industrial Cadets which connects young people with UK employers in a unique and effective way, ensuring that there is a pipeline of young talent which leads to a productive and skilled workforce for the future. HRH The Prince of Wales is an enthusiastic supporter of Industrial Cadets and will have been hugely encouraged by the programme growth in the last 5 years. Since its launch in 2011, Industrial Cadets has grown dramatically with over 8000 young people, drawn from over 1500 schools and colleges across the United Kingdom, participating in a programme which gives them both invaluable workplace experience and a nationally recognised award. More than 200 businesses, including the likes of Accenture, Babcock, BAE Systems, Centrica, Jacobs Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Leonardo, Nissan, O2, Sage and Siemens, are now partners in the scheme, which has often been described as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme for industry. With a particular focus on communities which have become disengaged with local businesses, Industrial Cadets increases awareness of, and demystifies, the range of local career opportunities on offer to young people as they consider their working futures. More about the work of EDT can be found on their website.


Gifted is delighted to have been engaged by EDT to assess the future fundraising potential of the Industrial Cadets programme so that it can expand further - the ambition is support 10,000 young people each year - and develop a lasting and sustainable future. If your organisation is looking at expanding, please contact us for a discussion about how Gifted can help.

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