A global automotive supplier is paving the way for its future workforce with an experience programme called ‘Industrial Cadets’.
ZF TRW has always been receptive to having students from the area gain experience at its plant in Peterlee Business Park.
But recently the huge employer decided to offer the recognised ‘Industrial Cadets’ programme, run and accredited by the Engineering Development Trust in a bid to build a skilled and motivated workforce.
The accreditation sees 11 to 19-year-olds get involved in industry-based activities to develop personal skills and raise their awareness of careers available, at the same time enabling employers to develop a structured approach to their talent pipeline.
Industrial cadet Lewis Lumley, 16, was the most recent cadet to get to grips with working at such a high profile firm.
Lewis, who lives in Hetton, Easington, and attends Sunderland College, spent a week working in ZF TRW’s HR Department.
He undertook duties such as typing letters, filing, creating spread sheets, and a notice board for staff.
At the end of the week he was presented with a certificate by plant manager Robin Finley, which he can add to his record achievement to show to future employers.
Lewis said: “It’s been a great week for me, it’s been very interesting. I’ve loved it. It’s given me an insight into the world of work and a certificate to prove what I’ve done.”
Plant manager Robin Finley said: “We signed up to the Industrial Cadets programme to give work experience stints here at ZF TRW more kudos.
“At the end of their week spent on the company premises, students are asked to produce a report/presentation sharing details of their experiences to demonstrate learning and show their personal development.
“Once students complete their accredited programme they will graduate as an Industrial Cadet, earning an accreditation which will help strengthen their CV going forward.’’
Robin added: “Lewis was a great addition to the plant for a week, and he worked very hard to get his certificate. We wish him all the best for his future, whichever path he decides to pursue.”