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The Royal College of Nursing Cadet Scheme

The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme gives young people an introduction to potential careers in nursing.

Supported by HRH Prince of Wales, the scheme aims to develop and prepare young people aged 16 to 25 years for life and to support them towards employment in nursing.

The scheme runs in partnership with education providers and youth organisations alongside their usual timetable of activity, combining guided online and experiential learning. This includes learning modules and a clinical observational placement within their local health care region. 

Once they have completed this, cadets submit a portfolio of reflection and gain a completion certificate. They are then supported to take decisions on next steps, which can include a level 2 or 3 related diploma, a foundation degree or an undergraduate nursing degree.