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: 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: Ryan Howes, Gold Engineering Ambassador, Stocksbridge High School

Ryan is a graduate of the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing programme at Stockbridge High School and won a Better Learners Better Workers Gold Ambassador Award 2016 for Outstanding Achievement. Now in Year 11 focusing on his GCSEs, Ryan believes that the programme has equipped him with the necessary skills for…

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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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Case study: Arts & Culture Sector Visit at Sheffield Theatres

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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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