The Work-wise Foundation is an employer-led charity who support the development of young people so they have the knowledge, skills, aptitude and opportunities for employment within South Yorkshire and beyond.

The Work-wise Foundation helps the private sector take the lead in preparing young people for employment and rewarding careers. We do this by establishing links, developing programmes on training and practical guidance, and connecting employers with their future employees.


For Individuals

For Individuals

We can help young people in a number of ways, helping to get you ready as an individual for the world of work and introduce you to opportunities available.

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For Employers

For Employers

We can help you connect with young people and help you open new opportunities to improve your business, increase your workforce and build on your current employees’ knowledge and experience.

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For Educators

For Educators

We provide an array of hands-on experiential opportunities, which help you support the young people in your care, readying them for the world of work.

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Get Up To Speed

Get up to Speed with STEM is a live, annual, one-day showcase event which aims to introduce, inform and inspire students, parents and teachers about the world of work in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing (STEM) sectors. It’s a superb, highly interactive careers showcase which, for over ten years, has promoted STEM-related career opportunities to over 34,000 young people, educators and families from across the Sheffield City Region and beyond.

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Bringing young people, educators, scientists and businesses together to explore the future of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) in the South Yorkshire Region. Created by Professor Brian Cox CBE and Lord Andrew Mawson OBE in 2012, the amazing Science Summer School programme aims to make Britain the best place to do science and engineering, by inspiring the UK’s next generation of young scientists, engineers and inventors.

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“The Work-Wise Foundation are a passionate charity dedicated to promoting careers within STEM and improving the student’s confidence and career potential…”


Jasmine Moore

“The team is a pleasure to work with, a true force for good in our challenging world.”

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Charlotte Elliott

“Every employer should look to collaborate towards inspiring and raising the aspirations of the young people in their region…”


Lt Col Andy Black REME

“The [Work-wise] Foundation highlights and tackles issues in employment by engaging directly with young people through a variety of expert programmes.”


Marie Cooper

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