Work-wise Foundation
University of Sheffield

Work-Wise Foundation

Work-wise is an employer inspired and led initiative for engineering, manufacturing and related sectors to support the development of young people so they have the knowledge, skills, aptitude and opportunities for employment within the Sheffield City Region.
The private sector is taking the lead and contributing both financially and practically in helping prepare young people for employment and careers within engineering and manufacturing.
The Work-wise foundation's vision is to be recognised UK wide as an employer led model of excellence that helps to grow youth employment: addressing skill shortages that are a barrier to economic growth.
The Work-wise Foundation is a Registered Charity (Number 1155597)

Get Up To Speed 2017

Engineering Our Future

Get up to Speed is now in its seventh year and is the premier event in the South Yorkshire region.  The aim of the event is to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and engineers who will play a vital part in future innovation and commercial success.  It is also an opportunity for employers to showcase the sector and career opportunities in engineering, manufacturing and technology

This year’s event will take place on 26th April 2017 at Magna in Rotherham.

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Get Up To Speed 2016

Andrew Myers, General Manager of Drive Technology Division, with Richard Edwards, Senior Warden, Master Cutlers, and students from Firth Park Academy in Sheffield.  Firth Park Academy are the winners of the Innovation Competition held at the GUTS 2016 event at Magna in Rotherham
'Our Wonderful World'

STEM Project - 'Our Wonderful Life'

We are supporting the Work-wise Foundation who are working with HBH Academy Hatfield Primary School on a pioneering STEM programme, "Our Wonderful World" – introducing students from Year 1 through to Year 6 to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and their impact on our world and our lives and raising awareness of opportunities, careers and life skills they will need as they develop and grow up to help them achieve.
This term’s project is about understanding human attributes and using STEM to create super heroes! The children were introduced to a Superhero - Batman who relies on STEM for his superpowers.
Andrew Myers, General Manager of the Drive Technology Division, will be helping the children develop their Superhero, by introducing our company, what we do and how we use STEM in our work.  The children will then think about how that might give their Superhero special powers.  They will also be producing company and career cards to extend their knowledge of work.

Get Up To Speed (GUTS)

Silviu-Cristian Vaideanu (Sandwich Year Placement 2014/15) exhibited our MAGSPLIT® demonstration model at the Get up to Speed event in April 2015.  Now in its 5th year, this is the premier event in the region aimed at inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and engineers who will play a vital part in future innovation and commercial success.
The Sheffield Region is recognised internationally for its expertise in high-precision engineering, metals and alloy production and the high-quality design and manufacturing of products for a wide range of global industries.  Work-Wise understands the need to help celebrate and promote the manufacturing industry nationally and internationally and importantly ensure we have the talent and skilled people we need for future success.

Summer Camp

Magnomatics has supported the Work-wise employability Summer Camp since 2013 when our first Summer Campers, Owen Birks and Khurram Iqbal (seen with Dave Black, Programme Manager, Hybrid Drives Division) joined us during the school summer holidays. 
The summer camp is for:
Young People (aged 14 to 18) keen to get a head start and a real taste and experience of a working environment.
Parents keen to help their son or daughter improve their employment and education prospects.
Schools keen to encourage students who would benefit from an introduction to the world of work outside school.
Employers keen to help young people gain the essential skills they are looking for in future employees.
Feedback on the project stated:
"Owen has absolutely loved every minute! The company have given him loads of varied tasks to keep him busy. He told us yesterday that he didn't want to go back to school and that he'd rather just go and work for them forever! Thanks again for organising”. Parent
We advertised our first Apprenticeship in 2015 and, out of 5 shortlisted candidates, Owen was successful and joined us in September 2015.



Cutlers’ Ambassadors

The Cutlers' Made in Sheffield Ambassador programme, is a 2½ year programme (delivered through Work-wise) with 147 students (aged 14-16) from Sheffield Schools (Bradfield, Stocksbridge, Westfield, Outwood City, Handsworth Grange and Firth Park) aimed at providing young people with the employability skills required by industry and focussed around careers in engineering and manufacturing related industries, providing them with a range of opportunities to work with sector employers.
Dave Black, Product Manager of the Hybrid Drives Division and Berni Thackery, PA to the CEO, have been involved in interviewing students applying to join the scheme giving them real-world experiences. Dave will be supporting the programme again this year.

Cutlers’ Year 9 Enterprise Challenge

This is an extra curriculum programme which introduces students to the world of work, with a focus on engineering and manufacturing, and is also aimed at developing a skills set that employers are looking for.  The challenge will help them with their studies and will equip them with the skills and attributes to gain employment, whatever career they decide to pursue. 
To support this project, Dave Latimer, CEO and a Freeman of the City of Sheffield, together with Dr. Stuart Calverley, Chief Engineer, met with Year 9 Students taking part in their first year as Cutlers’ Ambassadors. Dave and Stuart attended workshops to share ideas and give guidance to assist in the development of ideas and problem solving.
Stuart will become a ‘Cutlers’ Dragon’ at the Marketplace & Showcase Event being held in December where students will present their ideas.
Following the Marketplace & Showcase event; the students will decide whether they wish to participate in The BiG Challenge.  This is an enterprise competition open to all Secondary Schools and Colleges in Sheffield where each team has the opportunity to design and grow a business from a £25 start-up grant over 2 school terms.