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The work-wise Summer Academy 2020


Do you want to put yourself at the front of the queue when it comes to understanding what Job Opportunities are waiting for you after leaving education, and what employers are looking for in their future workforce?


Then come along and meet some employers and put yourself in pole position by attending:


  • For young people (aged 14 to 18) keen to get a head start and a real taste and experience of the world of work.


  • For parents keen to help their son or daughter improve their employment and education prospects.


  • For schools keen to encourage students who would benefit from an introduction to the world of work outside school (contributing towards Gatsby Benchmarks 5 & 6)


Open to individuals and school/community groups to attend. Bespoke programmes can be delivered to individual schools - ask us for details.


A comprehensive 4 day programme held in the summer holidays introducing young people to the world of work and employers in a fun and interactive way.


2020 Summer Academy programmes commence on:

  • Monday 27th July 2020
  • Monday 3rd August 2020
  • Monday 10th August 2020 and
  • Monday 17th August 2020


Day 1 - Broadening Horizons - Introduction to industry and the world of work


Day 2 - A day in Industry - company based day including tour and activity with guest presenters introducing different aspects of how a business operates


Day 3 - Make, Create, Innovate - fun, hands on team challenge putting the skills learned into practice. The day includes teambuilding and leadership challenges delivered by the Army.


Day 4 - What Employers Want Conference and Graduation - a full day conference where participants attend as business delegates and are supported by business leaders who facilitate the day's activities.  The day finishes with a graduation ceremony for participants and families.


Delivered by: work-wise - the ultimate interview...


work-wise is an employer-inspired and -led initiative to support the development of young people so they have the knowledge, skills aptitude and opportunities for employment.

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PLEASE NOTE: We request a donation of £100 per young person accepted onto the Summer Academy*

*For those meeting the criteria, there may be a bursary fund available to cover part or all of the cost of the work-wise Summer Academy.

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2019 Summer Academy graduation pictures

Week 1 - w/c 29th July - Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield Graduation

Week 2 - w/c 5th August - Mexborough Business Centre Graduation

Week 3 - w/c 12th August - Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield Graduation

Week 4 - w/c 19th August - Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield Graduation

Creating Opportunities – From Summer Academy to Apprentice – Jay Smith

16-year-old Jay Smith from South Normanton, near Chesterfield started in Summer 2017 as an Apprentice for Chesterfield based Chrome Platers, Zachrome. Jay is studying with NLT Training and at the end of 2 years will hold an NVQ Level 2 in Mechanical Engineering.  In his first six months with the company he has been working in the gun drilling and grinding departments and will move around the different departments learning a range of engineering skills.


In 2015 a 14-year-old Jay then a student at Frederick Gent School attended The work-wise Foundation Summer Camp during his school holidays which included completing a week’s work placement with Chesterfield based engineering company, Zachrome.


Jay wanted to attend Summer Camp to gain some experience of the world of work and engineering and already had a whole shed set up at home as his workshop. work-wise placed Jay with Zachrome in Chesterfield who are a leading UK Chrome and Industrial Bronze Plating company with over 70 years’ experience supplying OEM specification parts. Jay was very keen and engaged and whilst on placement he experienced CNC, Lathe, grinding, etching, assembly, chrome plating and much more.  


John Barber, CEO and Co-founder of The work-wise Foundation said “When I visited him on his placement Jay was so enthusiastic – his words were Brilliant and Amazing - much more than I ever expected.”


On the whole experience Jay said “It is an experience never to be forgotten. There is nothing that I would change, it is simply the best experience of a lifetime.”  Reflecting on the experience now Jay added that the 2 days employability skills programme run by work-wise at the start of Summer Camp learning about Health & Safety, communication and interview skills were invaluable.


“We never imagined it would have such a positive outcome. My wife Agnieszka and myself are very proud of what Jay has done and very grateful for your help” added Jay’s father Andy.


The Company were equally impressed and Zachrome’s Manging Director, Andrew Colton would have been happy to offer him an Apprenticeship there and then had he been old enough! They kept in touch and Jay went back to work for them during the holidays


John Barber adds “We have many very keen (if initially nervous) students who attend our programmes and Jay was amongst the most enthusiastic and positive to learn and succeed and I remember Andy and the team at Zachrome being really impressed. The fact that the company kept in touch and two years on have offered him employment is a testament to his attitude and enthusiasm. It always gives us a great buzz when young people like Jay live up to expectations and it just shows how those companies willing to invest in young people can reap the rewards and business benefits.”


Summer Academy will be running again in July and August 2019, to express interest please email j[email protected]


"It was such a fantastic, beneficial experience and I am very grateful.  It was the best way to spend two weeks in my summer holidays! It was very beneficial.”                                                                                                           Georgiana, Student


“Thank you so much for assisting Jake through the placement, I haven't seen him so happy and engaged. Jake is seriously considering an apprenticeship now, which I am really supportive of.”                                                                       Liz, Parent

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