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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.

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Through the now established work-wise foundation, 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 stem the increase in youth unemployment: addressing skill shortages that are a barrier to economic growth.

The work-wise Foundation is a Registered Charity (Number 1155597)

"Employers committing to work-wise are committing to the future"

- Kevin Parkin, Chairman, Parkin Ltd and Chairman of the work-wise Foundation

"I think work-wise is the best initiative in business and education certainly in my experience, over the last 40 years. Businesses are embracing it, as are schools and parents."

- Gordon Bridge, Director AESSEAL plc and past Master Cutler

The work-wise programme has been developed to provide young people, our future generation workforce, with a broad range of inspirational, industry focused, work related learning and development experiences supported by employers throughout. Thus enabling them to better develop the personal attributes and skills, the work-wise essentials, they will need in preparation for future jobs and life.



The work-wise essentials defined by employers are:

  • Work Awareness
  • Work Capabilities
  • Work Attributes
  • Work Knowledge & Skills






Work-wise is currently available in the following sectors:

  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing

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advisory board members

Pictured Seated L to R: Rt Hon Richard Caborn (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) President, Kevin Parkin (Parkin Ltd) Chairman, Jackie Freeborn (work-wise)

Pictured Standing L to R: Martin McKervey (Nabarro's), Gordon Bridge (AESSEAL plc), Doug Liversidge CBE (Cutlers' Company), Alison Bettac (AMRC-TC), Bob Rae (Media Consultant), Chris Hudson (Chimo Holdings), John Barber (work-wise).

Not shown:David Grey MBE (Master Cutler), Neil MacDonald (Past Master Cutler), Gareth Barker & Rick Franckeiss (Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd), Richard Cook (Castings Technology International), Vince Middleton (Newburgh Engineering Ltd), Surriya Falconer (Falconer Associates), Bridie Warner Adsetts (Naylor Industries plc), Martin Wood (AESSEAL plc), Simon Alliott (Wosskow Brown), Doug Patterson (Unite the Union), Scott Burnside (Chaucer School), Craig Dillon (Park Academy).