Pupils, teachers and business leaders from across Barnsley came together to celebrate the first anniversary of the Made in Barnsley initiative, at a special awards ceremony which took place at Barnsley Town Hall earlier this month.
Pupils from four Secondary schools: Horizon, The Dearne ALC, Outwood Shafton and Holy Trinity were given the chance to meet the Mayor of Barnsley and receive recognition for their hard work as Made In Barnsley Ambassadors over the past year. During the event, pupils were given the chance to meet the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green who presented the pupils with certificates.
Designed to forge stronger links between Barnsley’s schools and the local business community, encouraging students to learn and develop the key skills needed to succeed in the workplace, Made in Barnsley provides pupils with the chance to find out more about the opportunities to build successful careers in the local economy.
The three year programme is designed to help year nine pupils who are considering their GCSE options and supported by Naylor Industries, Henry Boot, Workwise and Barnsley Healthcare Federation, who provide pupils with the opportunity to find out more about different careers. Over the past twelve months, pupils have been put through their paces with the TA, spent time finding what it’s like to work in busy GP surgeries, exploring ambulances and learning about the different types of careers available in the engineering and construction sectors.
The concept for Made in Barnsley was pioneered by Barnsley Healthcare Federation and works with pupils between years 9-11 to help build confidence in the classroom and increase participation in a range of vocational activities, whilst working with members of the business community. Examples of work undertaken this year have included pupils being put through their paces at Oakwell Stadium, as well as being given the chance to help run a GP practice for the day.
Sharon Swift, lead organiser at Made in Barnsley, said
“Although lessons in the classroom lay the foundations for a person’s future and can inspire lifelong passions, there is clear gap between the skills taught in the classroom and the ones needed to succeed in the workplace. Through the Made in Barnsley programme we want to address this gap by creating vocational experiences for young people in the local area. We want to use the programme to inspire pupils to find out more about careers in many different sectors, ranging from healthcare, construction and engineering to sport.
“The Student Ambassadors programme aims to give every secondary student in Barnsley the chance to participate in Made In Barnsley, which has helped to build confidence amongst pupils in the classroom and open their minds to working in different careers.”
Cllr Steve Green, Mayor of Barnsley said:
“Made In Barnsley is a terrific programme which helps to inspire and nurture home-grown talent. Forging mutually beneficial relationships between local schools and businesses is good for the community too, as it promotes understanding and new experiences.
“I’d like to wish success to everyone who is involved in the programme this year, and encourage any pupils who are considering taking part to get involved.”