The programme started in 2010 when the Cutlers’ Company, which represents top engineering and manufacturing employers in Sheffield City Region, undertook a study with Sheffield City Council into what employers needed from school leavers.
The ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ programme was developed based on the outputs of this research and was initially piloted in three Sheffield schools, working with the 14-16 age group. The pilot programme focused on two sectors:
- Engineering, with support from the Company of Cutlers
- Healthcare, working with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
This was rapidly followed by a third programme for the Computing sector working with the University of Sheffield. Based on evaluation of the pilot, the programme was further developed and adopted by a wide range of schools across Sheffield, before being rolled out to other parts of Sheffield City Region.
About the Cutlers’ Company
The Cutlers’ Company, established in 1624, is a prestigious association of engineering and manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire. They make decisions about awarding the world-renowned ‘Made in Sheffield’ trademark to eligible companies who meet the high quality threshold.
The Cutlers’ Company founded the Better Learners, Better Workers programme which is closely aligned with their philanthropic aims. The young people recruited onto the programme are officially appointed by the Master Cutler of Sheffield as ‘Made in Sheffield Ambassadors’.