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: Marie Cooper, Parker PEGL

Marie Cooper is a Better Learners Better Workers Business Champion working with Bradfield School. Recently promoted to Plant Manager at President Engineering Group (PEGL), now part of global manufacturing giant Parker Hannifin, Marie is convinced of the value of the Better Learners Better Workers programme for addressing the major skills…

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Case study: Back to the Future Skills Day at Magna Science Adventure Park

Ambassadors from across South Yorkshire attended a 'Back to the Future' Skills Day at Magna on the 1st and 2nd November, where they learnt about the history of engineering in the local area and worked on their World of Work 'WOW' Factor Skills. Find out more in this video case…

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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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Case study: Better Learners Better Workers Construction Programme at Henry Boot

Adeana Raper is Employment and Skills Manager at Henry Boot Construction, one of four major construction companies that have grouped together with the Go Construct careers advice scheme to support the Better Learners Better Workers programme.

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Young People Celebrated at Employer-Driven Skills Conference

06 March 2018

The first Better Learners Better Workers Conference took place at Cutlers’ Hall on Wednesday 28th February, where attendees celebrated the success of the world of work programme that is making a difference to thousands of young people and raising aspirations…

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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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