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

Find out more

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

Join in

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.

Get Involved

Schools & Colleges

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

Get Involved

Young People & Families

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

Get Involved

Case study: Jake, Digital Sector Ambassador at Westfield School

Year 11 student, Jake, studying Computer Science GCSE at Westfield School, was awarded Gold Ambassador status for his creative work on the Better Learners Better Workers Digital Technology sector programme. On being presented with the award, Jake said: “I wasn’t told I had been nominated for the Gold Ambassador Award…

Read more

Case study: Meet Business Champion Colin Muncie

A former director in the steel industry, both in the UK and the US, Colin Muncie is now retired and engaged in range of voluntary work. In 2018, he started as a Business Champion and industry partner for the Cutlers’ Better Learners Better Workers programme, working with both King Edward…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

Business Champions

The following companies work with us as Business Champions Read more



BLBW Ambassadors explore construction development on site visit

01 May 2019

Better Learners Better Workers Ambassadors from Sheffield Park Academy attended their first construction site visit to the Prince’s Gardens housing development in Sheffield. Vicky Penn, Planning Officer from Sheffield City Council, talked to the group about the intricacies and challenges…

Read more

BLBW Ambassadors show their teamwork in a scaffolding challenge

08 April 2019

Year 10 Ambassadors on the Better Learners Better Workers (BLBW) scheme took part recently in a scaffolding challenge run by Haydn Tomlinson from Keepmoat Homes! Workshops like this showcase the programme’s ability to impact on student behaviours, outcomes and achievements.…

Read more

Engineering Ambassadors showcase skills at Get up to Speed with STEM event

01 April 2019

Ambassadors on the Better Learners Better Workers programme (BLBW) showcased the engaging and exciting things the programme offers at the ninth annual Get up to Speed with STEM event. The event took place at Magna Science Adventure Centre on the…

Read more

Skills achievements of Barnsley and Sheffield teenagers recognised at prestigious Awards ceremony

06 March 2019

Over 130 Year 11 students from Sheffield and Barnsley schools were recognised for their achievements on an employment skills programme at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted at the Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield, on 27 February. The students, who had all completed…

Read more

Better Learners Better Workers