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: James Tear, Managing Director at Solpro Group

James Tear, Managing Director of The Solpro Group, is the Better Learners Better Workers Business Champion working with Stocksbridge High School. A veteran of the Better Learners Better Workers Programme, James has been involved from the outset in the Engineering strand. This was the first sector programme to be developed…

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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: Barry Cunliffe, Finance Director at Tinsley Bridge

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Case study: Francesca Clarke, Former NHS/Healthcare Ambassador

Francesca Clarke participated in the Better Learners Better Workers healthcare programme working with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She now works at the Northern General Hospital after completing the programme and then taking on a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship with the hospital which led to her current role as…

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Tech-savvy 14-year-old blazes a trail for young tech talent at 3Squared

18 June 2018

A 14-year old Computer Science student from Westfield School, Sheffield, put his tech savviness to the test recently during a sought-after two-week work experience with Sheffield-based software developer 3Squared. So impressed was the company that they are now looking at…

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Variety is the Spice of Tech Life

18 June 2018

Twelve 14-year-old Digital Technology Ambassadors got the inside track on life in the digital tech sector on a visit in June to one of Sheffield’s hotspots for tech businesses, Sheffield Technology Parks. The Ambassadors from All Saints Catholic High School…

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Engineering Ambassadors Wow the Crowds at Get up to Speed

14 May 2018

Year 10 Engineering Ambassadors on the Better Learners Better Workers programme wowed attendees at the annual Get Up To Speed event at Magna Science and Adventure Centre. The free event is an interactive showcase to inspire and inform young people…

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Digital Ambassadors Apply Tech and Security to Sport

17 April 2018

Digital Technology Sector Ambassadors on the Better Learners Better Workers programme recently visited Ponds Forge to meet Mike Cook, Head of IT Services for Sheffield City Trust. The Trust and its subsidiaries are among the region’s largest leisure and entertainment…

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