What is NHS Cadets?
I'm now applying to become a paramedic at university with the skills I have learnt.
Minali, NHS Cadet
NHS Cadets is a youth programme, created in partnership with the NHS. The programme provides opportunities to explore roles in healthcare volunteering for young people aged 14-18 (up to 25 for young people with a disability and/or special educational needs). It is aimed at young people from underserved communities, and those underrepresented in the NHS and St John Ambulance.
We aim to reach a diverse range of young people, who experience barriers in entering health volunteering or a healthcare career. For some young people, this programme may be the first time they have considered a future in healthcare, and we aim to support them as they take their first steps.
The NHS Cadets Programme is run by St John Ambulance in partnership with your local NHS trust or healthcare provider. It is split into two programmes: a Foundation Pathway for young people (aged 14 to 16), and an Advanced Pathway (ages 16 to 18).
Benefits for young people
The programme boosts young people's confidence and improves group communication skills. National Council for Voluntary Organisations' (NCVO) report in 2021 demonstrated, that by the end of the Foundation Pathway, 78% of NHS Cadets were either very confident or quite confident speaking in front of a group.
New friendships, personal development, and extra opportunities are all highly valued on the programme, and there are so many benefits to becoming an NHS Cadet.
Here are some of them: