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

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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 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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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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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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