Last week saw an evening of celebration to recognise the achievements of the 26, 2016 work-wise Summer Camp graduates at The Cutlers’ Hall.
The work-wise Summer Camp graduates were joined by family members, teachers, business representatives, Trustees of work-wise and Leadership Forum members.
The Summer Camp programme is for 14 to 18 year olds to provide a real taste and experience of the working environment. It includes a 2 day employability skills induction programme designed by employers before the students then experiencing 5 days in the workplace. All Summer Camp graduates are added to the work-wise database guaranteeing job interviews with work-wise supporter employers.
It was an opportunity to thank those employers and other organisations who have supported the programme including AMG Superalloys, JRI Orthopaedic, Naylor Industries, Cobra Sports, Sheffield Forgemasters, Tinsley Bridge, Aerzon, CQ Strategic Marketing and Hydra Creative.
The event was hosted by Richard Edwards, the Senior Warden of The Company of Cutlers’ for Hallamshire, as The Master Cutler, Craig Mckay was out of the country with a short presentations from The work-wise Foundation President, Richard Caborn and Chairman, Chris Hudson.
Jennie Grice, 15 from Sheffield Springs Academy said “Working with CQ Strategic Marketing for five days showed me how the real world and the world of work is, and has taught me many things, one being time management and making sure I’m organised for the big day ahead. I am keen to come back next year to gain more experience in another business.”
John Barber, co-founder and senior associate at the work-wise Foundation said “This is the 4th Summer Camp work-wise has delivered and it is certainly one of the highlights of our year. The students never cease to amaze us with their enthusiasm and desire to learn and give themselves the best possible opportunities. The Graduation event gives us all a chance to celebrate some amazing personal achievements and milestones and what is even more rewarding is to see and welcome back some former graduates who are now working in the companies where they had their initial Summer camp placements. “
Pictured above – Presentation by Summer Camp students to some of the employers: L-R Professor Stephen Beck (The Diamond, University of Sheffield) Rachel Jarvis (MD Cobra Sports Exhausts Ltd), Shimayla & Sam, Laura Barber (AMG Superalloys UK Ltd), Jackie Cook (CQ Strategic Marketing)