Better Learners Better Workers (BLBW) is an employer-driven education programme helping young people develop knowledge, skills & behaviours to succeed in the workplace.

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In 2016 we are working with 600 young Ambassadors in 29 secondary schools, academies and colleges and 975 Y8 students on enrichment programmes in five centres of excellence.

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Employers & Businesses

Developing key skills that employers, partners and research across the Sheffield City Region have told us young people need to succeed at school, at work and in later life.

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Schools & Colleges

Working with over 29 secondary schools, academies and colleges across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

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Young People & Families

Young people develop and record key employment skills in a certified Skills Passport.

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Case study: Sarah Ward, Joint Managing Director, Straaltechniek

Business leader Sarah Ward has been a Better Learners Better Workers Business Champion since 2014, working with Westfield School to support their focus on giving students the broader qualities and skills needed to succeed in life. Sarah decided to become a Business Champion because she wanted to help prepare young…

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Case study: Better Learners Better Workers Programme at Firth Park Academy

Firth Park Academy is an 11-16 comprehensive school in Shiregreen, to the north of the city centre. The Better Learners Better Workers programme is a core part how the Academy supports students to build their aspirations and strength of character. Better Learners Better Workers offers a standard programme tailored to…

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Apprentice Ross Irwin at work in the Test House at Abbey Forged Products

Case study: Former Ambassador, Ross Irwin

Former Better Learners Better Workers Ambassador Ross Irwin hasn't looked back since joining Abbey Forged Products as a Technical Apprentice.

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Case study: Better Learners Better Workers NHS Programme at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Yvonne Byrne is Community Engagement Manager at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Believed to be the largest of the NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals provide over 900,000 appointments and operations each year, as well as clinical education for medical students from the University of Sheffield.

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Digital Ambassadors Develop New Skills at Arm

22 February 2018

Ambassadors on the Digital Technology programme recently visited Arm at their new Sheffield office on St Mary’s Gate. Arm technology underpins many of the devices that make modern life possible, helping to transform our daily experience. Its processor designs are…

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Ambassadors Develop Skills With Barclays Digital Eagles

27 December 2017

Better Learners Better Workers Ambassadors recently visited Barclays Bank on Pinstone Street, Sheffield, to see computer science in action at the bank. The session, delivered by Barclay’s Digital Eagles, covered different aspects including: roles and opportunities in the sector, how…

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Ambassador Donates Enterprise Challenge Profits to Support Local Children at Christmas

22 December 2017

Y9 Ambassador, Ami, of Yewlands Academy recently took part in an Enterprise challenge which was showcased at Magna Science Adventure Centre in December. She impressed teachers and peers at the showcase, where Ambassadors demonstrated and sold products they had been…

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Engineering and Manufacturing Ambassadors Put Skills to the Test at Employer Interviews

04 December 2017

Y10 Engineering and Manufacturing Ambassadors recently took part in 1:1 interviews with local employers from the sector at the prestigious Cutlers’ Hall. The interviews saw Ambassadors put their communication and presentation skills to the test in order to secure their…

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