New Year 9 Ambassadors get off to a flying start

Published Monday 5 November 2018 in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield

Over 60 young people from across South Yorkshire gathered at Sheffield’s prestigious Cutlers’ Hall on Tuesday 30thOctober to begin their journey on the Better Learners Better Workers employment skills programme.

The young people aged 13 had been selected to take part in the programme from a range of schools across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. Over the course of two years, they will meet regularly with employers, undertake work experience and business challenges, and develop a skill set that will enable them to succeed in work and life. They will be recognised as ‘Ambassadors’ for the programme in their schools with responsibility for sharing their learning with other students at the school

The Skills Matter induction event held at the Cutlers’ Hall was the first of several training days that will bring the Ambassadors together over the two-year period to build their confidence and learn new skills. After a team event to start with, Ambassadors had the chance to meet employers from four different employment sectors – engineering, health, arts and culture, and digital industries.

In the afternoon, the Ambassadors were treated to a tour of the historic Cutlers’ Hall, the only guild hall outside London and the home of The Cutlers’ Company, the association of engineering and manufacturing employers in Sheffield City Region. At the end of the Skills Matter day, the Master Cutler awarded each Ambassador with their Better Learners Better Workers badge, appointing them to be Ambassadors on the programme in front of an audience of parents and carers.

Sarah Ward, a member of the Cutlers’ Company and a Director of engineering company Straaltechniek, said: “This is such an important programme for young people in our region. It teaches them the personal skills that employers need from new recruits. It also builds their confidence, self-esteem and resilience so they can progress in life. I have supported the programme since 2012 and I have seen the impact it has had on so many young people. I cannot recommend it enough.”

Liz Wallis, Managing Director of Sero Consulting, representing the digital sector, said: “It was great to be able to talk to so many young people about the types of jobs there are in the digital sector and what skills are needed. This is the kind of information that it’s hard for schools to provide, but it’s vital for young people to make good choices.”

The Better Learners Better Workers programme was founded and is led by The Cutlers’ Company. In Sheffield, it is co-led by Sheffield City Council.

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