Pupils from a Sheffield school have become ‘Made in Sheffield ‘ ambassadors.
The 17 youngsters from Fir Vale Academy in Page Hall are to swap their classrooms for construction sites as part of a two-year programme in which they will work alongside construction firms to learn new skills including communication, resilience and critical thinking whilst finding out about the world of work and career opportunities.
The year nine students had to apply to be selected for the programme and in return for access to building sites the students will be expected to represent their school and the Made in Sheffield programme at events and share what they learn about construction and the world of work with their school peers.
If they complete the programme successfully they will receive a ‘Skills Passport’ signed by the employers, their head teacher and Sheffield’s Master Cutler, who is backing the initiative
Mike Garnock-Jones, from at Sheffield Council, who runs the Made in Sheffield programme with the Cutlers’ Company, said: “These students should be extremely proud that they have achieved a place as a Made in Sheffield Ambassador. “Across the country the construction industry will create over 220,000 new jobs over the next five years, including 3,220 jobs across Yorkshire and the Humber alone so the extension of the programme into this sector comes at a crucial time.”
Claudia Whyte, Student Support Officer at Fir Vale Academy, said: “We are delighted to be a part of a fantastic programme which will ensure our students are better equipped for the world of work. Working with the different construction companies they will gain valuable life skills, work experience and an understanding of the range of different careers which the construction and built environment has to offer.”