Friday, 11 April 2014


I was in Sheffield this morning meeting with the Cutlers' Education Committee which is guiding the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield scheme. 
It was wonderful to hear Tony Peddar, the current Master Cutler, Doug Liversidge, who chairs the Cutlers' education committee, George Kilburn, the Chief Executive of the Cutlers' Company and three of the four business champions for the engineering schools, all talking so positively and enthusiastically about what we have achieved. It was also deeply encouraging to hear what parents and carers had said at the ambassador passport ceremony, about their children's involvement in the scheme and just what they had got out of it!!  It is great that employers in Sheffield, led by the Cutlers' Company, have worked together with schools to develop a model that supports the delivery of academic rigour, maintains the focus on the basics but also produces rounded and grounded young people who have the skills and behaviours that are essential in the world of work.

The Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" Programme aims to develop higher level skills and abilities, to shape character, to develop resilience and grit and to nurture innovation and creativity and after two years is now looking to develop its next phase with more employment sectors, more schools and colleges and importantly more ambassadors. If you want to find out more about the work we are doing in Sheffield please let me know.

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