.Education For Work 

In recent years, the main engagement with local schools was through Members and Freemen of the Company whose involvement varied.  Some were governors and others were involved in various projects to improve education.  Recently there has been a great deal of criticism that schools do not provide young people with the skills to enter the workplace.  In 2010, the Master Cutler Bill Speirs agreed with Sheffield City Council that the Company would endeavour to connect schools more firmly to business in general and manufacturing in particular.  A study was conducted into what business needed from school leavers and as a consequence of the findings, the Cutlers’ “Made in Sheffield” project was launched.  This is intended to embed work skills into the curriculum through real life projects, work placements, internships, and greater engagement between businesses and schools.  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 it will be signed off both by school staff and employers. 

To put this into practice, the Master Cutler for 2011/12 instituted an Education Standing Committee comprising Members of the Company, representatives from the City Council and Work-wise (the organization chosen to provide the bridge between business and schools). 

A pilot scheme ran for two years and proved to be a resounding success with it being extended from Engineering to various other sectors including the NHS and Construction.   

In 2016 the project was expanded across South Yorkshire and with financial assistance from the Careers and Enterprise Company, 27 schools were engaged in what has now been re-named the Better Learners Better Workers Scheme. 

More details are available at

Education Overview

The Company of Cutlers has long been involved in education since its creation. Part of the process of controlling makers’ marks in the very early days of the company was ensuring that apprentices were properly and appropriately trained. All apprentices had to be able to read and write.


Various initiatives have been run by the Company but the long standing Joint Awards Scheme has been run in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers from London since 1926. This has taken various formats but currently provides travel awards for apprentices, students at Sheffield Hallam University (Travel Awards) and young managers in the steel industry (The Pontifex Awards). More details are available under Educational Awards in the Home section of this Website.

Innovation Award, 2016

On 6 October 2016, the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield Education Programme won the Innovation Award at the Construction CISY Awards Dinner.   This emphasises the success of the Construction and Built environment strand to Fir Vale (and soon Stocksbridge) students.