Aged 14 to 18 years of age? Reach your potential with NHS Cadets

Aged 14 to 18 years of age? Reach your potential with NHS Cadets

NHS Cadets is a brand-new scheme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS.  It’s designed to provide young people with the opportunity to explore roles in healthcare.

The programme consists of two pathways: Foundation (for 14 – 16 year-olds) and Advanced (for 16 – 18-year-olds). You’ll learn about a range of exciting healthcare topics, develop leadership and communication skills, and gain insight into volunteering within the NHS. It is a free programme consisting of 2-hour weekly sessions over 11 months. You’ll be supported throughout your volunteering journey by a NHS Cadets Team.

Cadets come from a diverse range of backgrounds – there is no ‘typical’ NHS Cadet. If you identify with one or more of the following statements, the programme would be a good match for you.

  • I’m from a minority ethnic group
  • I consider myself part of the LGBTQI+ community, or I’m questioning
  • I’m not in education, employment or training
  • I’m struggling with my progress at school or college · I live in care, or I’ve recently left care
  • I provide regular care or support for someone
  • I receive free school meals
  • I have mental health concerns
  • I consider myself to have a disability or impairment
  • I consider myself neurodivergent, or I have special educational needs
  • I am seeking asylum, or I’m a refugee.

New groups will be opening from September 2022, and 10,000 young people will have enrolled as NHS Cadets by 2023.  If you have questions be email Taniya Khan, Project Assistant (NHS Cadets) at

To learn more, find your local programme and apply, please visit


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