Nursing cadet scheme

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

Supported by HRH Prince of Wales, the scheme aims to develop and prepare them for life and to support them towards employment in nursing.

About the program

The scheme runs alongside their usual uniformed organisation activities, combining 105 hours of guided 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.

Where it’s running

The pilot is currently running in Wales in conjunction with the Army Cadet Force Wales. As part of this pilot, Wales cadets are offered the guarantee of an interview for a bank health care support worker.

A second pilot is being currently planned in Wales and discussions are underway for a wider UK roll out. 

Get in touch

For more information on the scheme, to get involved as cadet, uniformed organisation, or as a placement provider, please email