Tuesday, 20 October 2015


I was in Sheffield yesterday morning meeting with the Cutlers' Education Committee which is guiding the engineering strand of the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield scheme. 
Craig McKay, the current Master Cutler, Doug Liversidge, who chairs the Cutlers' education committee, and George Kilburn, the Chief Executive of the Cutlers' Company are all passionate advocates for the scheme which now reaches 480 young people from ten Sheffield secondary schools and colleges and is working in ten key employment sectors.
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 it was wonderful to hear, Marie Cooper from PEGL, Sarah Ward from Straaltechniek, Ian Nicholls from Sheffield Forgemasters and James Tear from Solpro, the fantastic business champions for the engineering schools, all talking so positively and enthusiastically about what we have achieved. 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 the skills, behaviours and character traits that employers have told us are essential for the world of work. If you want to find out more about the work we are doing in Sheffield please let me know.

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