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What is NHS Cadets?

NHS Cadets is a new scheme created in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore roles in healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

We aim to reach a diverse range of young people who have barriers to entering health volunteering or a healthcare career.  It might be the first time a young person has considered a future in this sector, 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 for those aged 16 to 18.