Joint Education Awards


Five Hallam University engineering students and two managers from the steel industry were presented with grants totalling £4,500 at the annual Joint Education Awards ceremony at the Cutlers’ Hall recently.

The event is the result of the longstanding partnership between the Cutlers’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers in the City of London. It was first held in 1924 and is sponsored by both Companies to encourage young people to discover improved production methods for their various companies and learn about working methods elsewhere, particularly through travel.

In welcoming the prize winners, their guests and mentors, the Master Cutler, Ken Cooke, said: “Although the Joint Education Awards scheme has changed over the years we are still here today giving young people an opportunity to broaden their horizons and evaluate their own personal objectives.

“These awards recognise the value of education and how people can progress if we invest in them.”

Engineering students Georgia Belcher, Liam Vernau, Daniel Proctor, Fiona McNaught and Torran Hockley were all awarded £500 travel grants.

Thomas Bloomfield of Metlase Ltd and Adam Bell of Liberty Steel each received £1,000 Pontifex travel prizes for young managers.

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, Julian Beare, and Professor Nasser Sherkat, Head of the Engineering and Mathematics Department at Hallam University were among the invited guests.

The Professor said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to add my congratulations to the award recipients. I am very impressed by the quality of the candidates and their clear desire to expand their horizons both for their own benefit and development and that of their employers. This is very welcome as the city continues the process of reinventing itself as a regional and national centre of innovation, advanced skills and high economic growth. 

“I am also very pleased to be able to thank personally the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers and the Company of Cutlers for their greatly valued support and generosity in making these awards.”


History Of The
Joint Awards

The scheme was discussed in 1924, between the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers in London, the Cutlers’ Company and Sheffield University, initially to support research work for the benefit of the Sheffield trades. Through the financial generosity of the Armourers and Brasiers, it became a successful scheme offering prizes for work-based and practical reports from young people.

Joint Awards

 The event, which was first held almost 90 years ago, is sponsored by the Cutlers' Company and the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, from London, to encourage young people ‘to discover improved methods’ and to broaden their horizons. In 1924the Cutlers’ Company received a gift from the Armourers & Brasiers of £300 to help Sheffield traders ‘combat foreign competition’. Over time it evolved into the competition we have today.

 The Awards are divided into three categories: 

 Engineering Awards:  Open to engineering apprentices and students at Sheffield Hallam University and local industry. 

 Design Awards:  Open to design students at Sheffield Hallam University. 

 Pontifex Awards: Open to young trainee managers in the steel industry.  This is named after a Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers.