Nissan’s Ian Green recognised as Changemaker of the Year at Industrial Cadet Awards

Ian Green, a manager at the Nissan Skills Foundation in Sunderland has won the accolade of Changemaker of the Year at the national Industrial Cadets Awards held in London on the 2nd March.

The Changemaker award was sponsored by AkzoNobel and recognises and celebrates those employees who champion the Industrial Cadets initiative within their company and beyond and who ensure its success.

Ian is passionate about providing an experience for young people, linked to the Nissan brand, that will enhance their perception of automotive manufacturing, and encourage them to consider a career in this field. Ian has pioneered the Nissan Skills Foundation from the original concept in 2012 to the current involvement of 150+ schools and delivery of Industrial Cadet programmes at all levels. Industrial Cadets is at the core of the Foundation’s activity and it is currently the only formal accreditation used at the Foundation. More than 100 Nissan employees have been involved in Industrial Cadets and supporting close to one thousand Cadets.

Ian says, “I’m very honoured and proud to have won the inaugural Industrial Cadets Changemaker award and it is fantastic to have external validation and recognition of the work I have been able to do as part of my role as head of the Nissan Skills Foundation.

"Industrial Cadets is an integral part of what we are doing with young people, giving them a nationally recognised entry for their CV’s to go with the skills, inspiration and motivation they obtain from their time with us at Nissan. Their interest and enthusiasm makes it a pleasure and privilege to work with them and encourages me to continue to be a changemaker, spreading the message about Industrial Cadets to other schools and companies.”

Industrial Cadets is an influential workplace experience accreditation which is increasingly being used by companies across the country to accredit their activities with young people from their local communities. The Inaugural Industrial Cadets Awards event was held on 2nd March and was attended by the leaders of many of the UK’s top industrial companies. HRH The Prince of Wales and Astronaut Tim Peake also contributed to proceedings.

Originally inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, Industrial Cadets accredits workplace experience activity offered by employers to young people and is now rapidly growing, engaging over 250 employers and 800 schools in graduating over 10,000 young people and accrediting over 200,000 learner hours of workplace experience.

As well as championing Industrial Cadets within Nissan, Ian is also very active in promoting and supporting other employers to run Industrial Cadet activity, working nationally with other major manufacturers such as Toyota, Bentley and Jaguar and regionally through the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA). Because of Ian’s passion, knowledge, credibility and influence the NEAA have adopted Industrial Cadets as one of only two programs they support.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Divisional Vice President, Manufacturing, Nissan Europe said: “Congratulations to Ian and the Nissan Skills Foundation team for receiving this prestigious award. The Skills Foundation gives young people the opportunity to learn about industry and to be inspired by the career opportunities they witness through the scheme.

“Building the North East skills base is a big part of our strategy for the future, and it is terrific that the team’s enthusiasm has driven the project forward to such an extent that schools now actively chase us for more programmes.”

Sanjeev Gupta, Chairman of the GFG Foundation, a Headline Sponsor of the Awards, and founder of the Liberty House Group, who gave a keynote speech at the event says, “We founded the GFG Foundation to help nurture a new generation of skilled workers in Britain’s manufacturing heartlands in a bid to stimulate regeneration and growth of these industrial communities. Through the Foundation we engage with both new and existing projects to create opportunities by boosting the skills and employment prospects of young people, particularly those at risk of being ‘left behind’.

“It is therefore a privilege to celebrate Ian Green’s success, as what he does with young people at Nissan echoes the core values of the Foundation. It is clear that, for him, his work is more than a job, it is a passion that he communicates to others. He is without doubt a worthy winner.”