Wednesday, 30 September 2015


I attended the last of our three Engineering Induction Sessions yesterday at the Advanced Manufacturing Centre's Training Centre in Sheffield for the Cutlers' Ambassadors from Firth Park Academy and Outwood Academy City.
The Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" programme is entering its fourth year. The Induction Sessions for the new Ambassadors have been organised and were delivered by John Barber and his team from Workwise and provided the Ambassadors with an opportunity to visit the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and meet a manager, some apprentices and a young entrepreneur. The students also had the opportunity to walk around the Training Centre. It was another well organised session focused around the skills, attitudes and behaviours the engineering companies in Sheffield City Region are looking for in their future employees. These Ambassadors were a credit to their schools; a great group of young people; bright, articulate and full of ideas. They behaved really well, asked lots of questions and started on their journey into engineering.
The Made in Sheffield Engineering programme, through visits to engineering and advanced manufacturing companies, challenges, projects and work experience, aims to develop these skills and attributes in the ambassadors and importantly to connect these skills to programmes of academic and technical excellence within the school curriculum:
  • 'character skills': responsibility, adaptability, resilience, determination and confidence; 
  • 'core skills': communication, literacy, numeracy, creativity and learning to learn;
  • Tony Wagner's 'higher level' skills: teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, evaluating and organising.
If you want to find out more about this innovative and exciting programme please contact me at

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