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Education and employment opportunities for Sheffield students

17 January 2018
Education and employment opportunities for Sheffield students.

Sheffield young people have been benefiting from an educational partnership designed to introduce them to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning and the world of work.

With support from Sanctuary Housing, work-wise Foundation has been working with pupils at Hatfield Academy and Firth Park Academy in Shiregreen to provide STEM family sessions and ‘What Employers Want’ employability workshops respectively.


Run over two months, the STEM sessions comprised fun interactive activities which saw groups creating energy to power a light by using an orange and potato, designing and building working wind turbines and bridges and creating circuits and currents experimenting with a variety of materials.

Families were also given the opportunity to continue with their learning as they were given a kit to make, create and experiment with at home.

What Employers Want

The ‘What Employers Want’ sessions, which were hosted by local employer Straaltechniek UK, gave Firth Park Academy students a real insight into the world of work with a focus on career and progression routes.

“Vital skills”

John Barber, CEO from work-wise Foundation, said: “We are so grateful for the support we’ve received from Sanctuary. Being able to provide such a variety of sessions to children of different ages, and their families, is so rewarding, particularly when you can see the vital skills they have learnt and taking away with them.”

“Access to a variety of educational and employment experiences”

Melanie King, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Working with the work-wise Foundation has seen us support so many young people to develop their skills and provide them with access to a variety of educational and employment experiences that will really help them going into the future.

“Education is vital at any age, so we want to do all we can to support our residents and their families in developing skills and highlighting opportunities available to them.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

work-wise Foundation will  be running four new ‘What Employers Want’ sessions for adults on 27 February, 6, 20 and 27 March 2018 from 9am to 12 noon in the HATCH centre at Hatfield Academy.

For more information about work-wise and the work they do please call 07500 331400, email info@work-wise.co.uk or visit the website www.work-wise.co.uk/