October 24, 2023


On Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th October, Master Cutler, Mr Charles Turner DL, had the pleasure of meeting the new students taking part in the Better Learners Better Workers programme.

On Wednesday, over 80 new Year 8 students participated in a team-building workshop. During the workshop, they conducted interviews with fellow students and teachers to learn more about each other. They also attended a session, hosted by Ian Straw, on personal branding and becoming the best version of themselves. Additionally, they had the opportunity to tour the Cutlers’ Hall and receive a visit from the Master Cutler.

Thursday was the second successful day of the programme and saw the turn of 140 students from 11 schools attending Cutlers’ Hall.  The event was sponsored by John Sisk & Son Ltd Construction. The students worked with Amber Hendy and her team to understand the various job roles within the construction industry. SYREC also organised a session where students worked with Rebecca McQueen, Hayley Hartley & Caroline Boot. The NHS discussed job opportunities in the health and social care sector. Lastly, Samantha Headford at Skills Builder Partnership, hosted a workshop.
At the end of the day, the students were given the chance to showcase their newfound knowledge to the Master Cutler, parents and fellow students. Finally, the Master Cutler presented student ambassadors with a special badge to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Cutlers’ Company in 2024.
Congratulations to all the students who participated and attended Cutlers’ Hall. We wish you a rewarding and enriching year ahead, filled with valuable knowledge and experiences.
Better Learners Better Workers Programme
The BLBW programme was launched in 2011 and led by the Cutlers’ Company in partnership with Sheffield City Council, it works closely with employers to deliver the programme across the South Yorkshire region. The programme is focused on specific employment sectors, engineering, construction and healthcare. It allows students to gain an understanding of employment and the working world. Whilst also developing more in-depth knowledge in a sector of their choice. Once ambassadors complete the course, they will receive an employer-endorsed skills passport based on the BLBW framework, co-created with employers and education partners.