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MiS Education Interface

Made in Sheffield is committed to supporting the following strategic initiatives to help develop the future talent needed within the manufacturing sector:
We encourage Made in Sheffield Mark holders to engage with these initiatives designed specifically to support skills within our sector.

Work-Wise –
The Ultimate Interview

work-wise is an employer inspired and led initiative for engineering, manufacturing and related sectors to support the development of young people so they have the knowledge, skills, aptitude and opportunities for employment.

Through the now established work-wise charitable Foundation, the private sector is taking the lead and contributing both financially and practically in helping prepare young people for employment and careers within engineering and manufacturing.

The work-wise Foundation’s vision is to be recognised UK wide as an employer led model of excellence that helps stem the increase in youth unemployment: addressing skill shortages that are a barrier to economic growth.

The work-wise programme, “the ultimate interview” has been developed to provide young people, our future generation workforce, with a broad range of inspirational, industry focused, work related learning and development experiences led and supported by employers throughout.

Click here to view the work-wise Website and hear from employers involved »

Key Contacts:
John Barber – work-wise Foundation
Kevin Parkin – Chairman work-wise Foundation

The Cutlers’ Made in Sheffield Passport to Employment

In 2010, a study was conducted into what business needed from school leavers and as a consequence The Company of Cutlers’ in partnership with Sheffield City Council, and with the support of the work-wise Foundation and Made in Sheffield  launched the Cutlers’ Made in Sheffield project.

This is intended to embed work skills into the curriculum through real life projects, work placements, internships, and greater engagement between businesses and schools.

This project initially focused on students (Cutlers’ Ambassadors) wishing to work in the engineering and manufacturing sector and has since been extended to the NHS and is now growing into many other sectors.
A Cutlers’ “Made in Sheffield” Passport is issued to those who have successfully completed the project.  This will show the work and real life skills that they have gained and is signed off both by school staff and employers.

The programme is underpinned by a skills framework developed to meet the needs and demands expressed by employers.
Key Contacts:
George Kilburn – Company of Cutlers’
John Barber – work-wise Foundation

University Technical College – Sheffield

The UTC Sheffield, due to open in September 2013 will offer specialist study in Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing and Creative and Digital Media alongside core subjects including English and maths, for students aged 14-19.

Designed to feel to students like they are working in a real business environment a key feature of the UTC will be the high level of employer and university engagement providing students with real life problem solving challenges. The curriculum is being developed with employer input to ensure it  better fits industry needs.

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Key Contacts:
Nick Crew  – Principal, UTC Sheffield

AMRC Training Centre

The AMRC Training Centre will be based in a new 5,500 sq m building next to the Advanced Manufacturing park at Catcliffe, Rotherham. It is scheduled to open in Autumn 2013.

The Training Centre will provide practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from apprenticeship through to doctorate and MBA level, plus continuing professional development.

The centre will link with both Sheffield universities for higher level education and with the new Sheffield University Technical College and work-wise providing a full progression in engineering training for the first time in the region.

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Key Contact:
Alison Bettac – Director of Training
AMRC Training Centre