Thursday, 22 March 2018

'BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS' COMES TO THE SHEFFIELD INCLUSION CENTRE!

I was at the Sheffield Inclusion Centre this morning with my colleague Andy Ireland who is the headteacher at the Centre. 
Andy and his team, at the Centre aim to provide a dynamic and supportive learning environment for young people who have found school challenging for a number of reasons. A team of, I counted 61 on the noticeboard in the reception area, experienced and committed staff who understand the youngsters individual needs, deliver a curriculum which promotes both their academic achievement and their personal development and prepares them for a return to mainstream/special school or, full time further education, an apprenticeship or a job with training.

Andy and I discussed having a group of their Year 10 students on a Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers' programme starting in September. This could connect to post-16 vocational pathway provision at Sheffield College linked to areas like engineering, catering, construction and health and social care. Interesting times.... w
atch this space!

WESTFIELD SCHOOL CELEBRATION EVENT!

I was at Westfield School last night to celebrate the achievements of their Year 11 students who had completed the Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers' programmes.

We know that BLBW is one of the most successful employability and world of work programmes in the country and the wonderful young people receiving their passport certificates last night demonstrate why it is so successful and why it is important to extend and further develop it to reach even more young people.

Monday, 19 March 2018

SCR VISION: A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER NEWSLETTER



Last year, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust brought together colleagues from across the region to present how, with determination and collective endeavour, we can maximise the economic and social potential of the Sheffield City Region (SCR).
The launch was the start of a journey towards an SCR Vision. The group have now produced a newsletter, describing some of the positive developments there have been in some of the six areas highlighted as critical, including the Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers' programmes. These individual initiatives and strengths, as well as the collaborations across our anchor institutions and with other partners, all combine towards achieving the collaborative shared vision.

"As we said in our report, we care deeply about our region and hence we remain keen to help and support our elected leaders, businesses and other organisations, as they drive the region forward to be a truly great place for all its citizens."

Tony Pedder OBE
On behalf of the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


"Better Learners Better Workers
The Better Learners Better Workers programme - launched in 2010 when the Company of Cutlers, 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 - now reaches across South Yorkshire, with programmes running in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. At the heart of the programme is embedding of work skills into the curriculum through real-life industry projects and training sessions, work placements, internships, and greater engagement between employers and schools. There are now programmes in 30 schools training 500 Ambassadors and reaching over 6000 young people across the Sheffield City Region."

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

THE CUTLERS'S SKILL SET!


WHAT SKILLS DO EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE WORLD WANT FROM YOUNG PEOPLE?


CHALENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES: AUTOMATION, GLOBALISATION AND COLLABORATION!


THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS!

The Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers' programmes will help school's Careers Leaders deliver a lot of the statutory requirements around the Gatsby benchmarks. 
We can help schools address the needs of individual students, particularly those on pupil premium and from harder to reach communities. We can provide up-to-date, local and relevant carers advice and labour market information. We can provide high quality experiences of the workplace and  encounters with employers and employees.  We can also provide encounters with higher and further education. Importantly, we can also provide each targeted student with a business mentor who will work with the student during the programme to support them as they develop the skills needed to thrive and succeed in the world of work.

Monday, 26 February 2018

THE DFE CAREERS STRATEGY: MAKING THE MOST OF EVERYONE'S SKILLS AND TALENTS!

Importantly, the DfE see that skills matter and that we all need to make the most of everyone's skills and talents. This important principal lies at the heart of the Cutlers 'Better Learners, Better Workers' programmes and we will be celebrating the achievements of 169 young people on Wednesday evening at the Cutlers Hall in Sheffield! These talented, wonderful, creative and determined young people have worked with us to develop the skills that matter over the last two and a bit years and employers in the Sheffield City Region recognise them as the future!!

THE CUTLERS BLBW PASSPORT CEREMONY!

We are facing a big week for the 'Better Learners, Better Workers' scheme with a celebration conference on Wednesday at the Cutlers Hall in Sheffield, followed the same evening by a celebration of what really matters... our ambassadors; the young people who have lit up the programmes over the last two and bit years. We are expecting around 170 young people, and their parents, carers and guests, to bring the Cutlers Hall to life as they accept their passport certificates from this year's Master Cutler.

CEC/BLBW CONFERENCE

We are facing a big week for the 'Better Learners, Better Workers' scheme with a celebration conference on Wednesday at the Cutlers Hall in Sheffield followed the same evening by a celebration of what really matters... our ambassadors; the young people who have lit up the programmes over the last two and bit years. We are expecting around 75 delegates at the conference which celebrates what we have achieved over the last eighteen months with the support of the Careers and Enterprise Company. Come if you can!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

WHY NOT COME AND FIND OUT ABOUT THIS BRILLIANT PROGRAMME!

FREE CONFERENCE FOR...
Headteachers, Senior Leadership Team and Work Experience and Careers Staff...

PLEASE COME...
You are warmly invited to The Better Learners Better Workers Annual Conference
10.30am-3.45pm, Wednesday 28th February 2018
The Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield, S1 1HG

To book your place, please register for the conference below:
https://blbwconference.eventbrite.co.uk

PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO INTERESTED COLLEAGUES AND YOUR NETWORKS!

Friday, 2 February 2018

SKILLS ARE THE FUTURE!

I was listening to the news this morning focusing on Amazon’s new store, Amazon Go. It doesn't work like a typical Sainsbury’s or Tesco supermarket — instead, it's designed so that shoppers will use an app, also called Amazon Go, to automatically add the products they plan to buy to a digital shopping cart; they can then walk out of the building without waiting in a checkout line.
With technology advancing and the world rapidly changing, it’s only logical that the skill set needed for jobs in the future is, too. While the digital world is growing, skills like communication, problem-solving, teamwork and resilience are becoming more and more valued. These are the skills at the heart fo the Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers' programmes and young people will increasingly need them to thrive and succeed in the world of work.