Three schools in the north of Sheffield have been selected to take part in a pilot project, designed to prepare young people for work.
Bradfield School, Stocksbridge High School and Yewlands Technology College will spearhead the Cutlers’ Company’s Curriculum project, with other schools joining in as the scheme progresses.
The project is the brainchild of the Cutlers’ Company, but is being run in collaboration with Sheffield City Council, Business and Education South Yorkshire and Work-Wise, the initiative which gives pupils a taste of working life and a better understanding of the skills they will need.
Businesses run by Freemen of the Cutlers’ Company will provide mentors for the Cutlers’ Company’s Curriculum scheme and every student taking part will receive a Made in Sheffield passport outlining their progress.
“The Cutlers’ Company has a long tradition of support for education,” said Master Cutler Pam Liversidge.
“In the very early years Freemen were required to ensure their apprentices could read and write. During the past 80 years we have made a series of annual awards to trainees in the steel industry. In addition, individual Freemen have close links with schools across the region. We have now formally established a committee to ensure this education initiative lasts well into the future. It has also given me a platform from which to voice my personal desire to improve the employment prospects of those who choose not to go on to university.”
Mrs Liversidge praised the organisations taking part in the initiative for giving a demonstration of partnership working at its best.