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: Better Learners Better Workers Participants Strike Gold

At the heart of ‘Better Learners Better Workers’ is the delivery of a high quality student Ambassador Programme in each employment sector. Each year, eight students are selected for an extra award, Gold Ambassador, to recognise outstanding progress, creativity and all round excellence. In 2015, there were Gold Ambassadors from…

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Case study: Arts & Culture Sector Visit at Sheffield Theatres

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Case study: Amy-Jo Laycock, Computer Science Ambassador

Amy-Jo Laycock from All Saints Catholic High School, gained a place on the Better Learners Better Workers programme as a Computer Science Ambassador. Now studying a Computer Science A Level in the sixth form, during her time as an Ambassador she developed industry and employability skills which gave her the…

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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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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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Young People Celebrated at Prestigious Awards Ceremony at Cutlers’ Hall

04 April 2018

Despite severe weather conditions, school pupils in Sheffield demonstrated their resilience, determination and GRIT by attending the Better Learners Better Workers Passport Ceremony at Cutler’s Hall on Wednesday 28th February. Better Learners Better Workers is an employer-led learning programme that…

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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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