2017 Aug – Newburgh Precision host Cutlers’ Ambassador
During August 2017, Lee Smith, 15, from Outwood Academy City in Sheffield has completed 2 weeks work placement with Newburgh Precision in Rotherham. Lee’s work experience was part of the Cutlers’ Ambassadors Engineering programme run by The work-wise Foundation, which helps prepare young people for employment and gives 13-16 year olds work experience during the summer holidays.
Whilst on placement with Newburgh Precision, Lee had the opportunity to work in many departments including Inspection, Sales, QA, CNC Programming and the Production office.
Lee is in the second year of the Cutlers’ Ambassadors programme which continues through years 9 and 10 with pathway sessions and a graduation in year 11. The main activity is ahead of year 11 to enable students to maintain focus on their GCSE’s, including developing knowledge and skills that will help them in their GCSE subjects.
The programme operates with a selected number of students in each school. Students must apply and go through a formal interview process to become an Ambassador and participate in a sector programme.
Cutlers’ Ambassadors is intended to embed work skills into the curriculum through real life projects, work placements, internships, and greater engagement between businesses and schools. This project initially focused on students wishing to work in the engineering and manufacturing sector and has since been extended to the NHS and is now growing into many other sectors. A Cutlers’ “Made in Sheffield” Passport is issued to those who have successfully completed the project. This will show the work and real-life skills that they have gained and is signed off both by schools and employers.
As an Ambassador, the students represent their school and their business sector, sharing what they learn about the world of work and the business sector with other students on the programme.