The Prince of Wales is supporting a new pilot initiative aimed at widening access to the nursing profession.
The nursing cadet scheme, launched by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN), will be trialled in Wales this year, in partnership with the Wales Army Cadet Force.
Once cadets have successfully completed the scheme, they will be offered a guaranteed interview for a nursing degree programme in Wales.
The programme will be aimed at hard to reach young people.
“We hope this will prove to be an effective way to raise the profile of nursing and attract more young people into the profession,” said Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Acting RCN chief executive.
The course will be delivered in association with Neath and Port Talbot College Group.
The project comes at a crucial time for the health and social care sector, which is facing significant workforce pressures.
Ealier this month, Care England highlighted the growing reliance on both EU and non EU nationals to fill vacancies in its response to a consultation on the Shortage Occupation Lists Review 2018.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “We are appealing to the Migration Advisory Committee to continue to include registered nurses on the Shortage Occupation Lists. It is imperative that the newly created nursing associate role as well as direct care staff and registered managers are on the lists in order to stem the workforce shortages.”