Thursday, 21 January 2016


I was in Sheffield this 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, Neil MacDonald, from the Cutlers' Executive committee, and George Kilburn, the Chief Executive of the Cutlers' Company are all passionate advocates for the scheme which now reaches around 500 young people from ten Sheffield secondary schools and Longley Park Sixth Form College and is working in ten key employment sectors.
The Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" Programme aims to develop skills and attributes, to shape character, to develop resilience and grit and to nurture innovation and creativity.  It was wonderful to hear, Marie Cooper from PEGL, James Tear from Solpro and Anne Wilson from Numill Engineering, three of our fantastic business champions for the engineering schools, all talking 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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