GFG Foundation launches third year of its UK student programme 

UK, Video > 7th March, 2024

Students from across South Yorkshire have the chance to participate in an innovative programme led by the GFG Foundation, providing them with important skills so they can be job-ready after school. The programme includes STEM-based learning initiatives, designed to involve students in problem solving real-world issues in their local communities. And with a focus on sustainability, the programme helps students navigate the expanding green jobs market.

Now in its third year, the programme has continued to grow with almost 50 Year 9 students from five local schools taking part this year. Wath Academy, Swinton Academy, High Storrs School and Sheffield High School for Girls, have again signed up for the programme, with Stocksbridge High School a welcome new addition.

GFG Foundation students on the 12-week programme will be mentored by LIBERTY Steel UK employees, in collaboration with education partners the Engineering Development Trust. Mentors will be on hand to support the students through their project work to design ‘A Sustainable Community’, as well as sharing their skills, knowledge and experience with the next generation.

In addition to developing STEM knowledge, students will hone their communication skills, with a focus on building self-esteem, so they develop confidence in using their own voice and expressing their points of view, to better able to navigate an adult world after school. GFG Foundation students will also receive an industry-accredited Industrial Cadet Bronze Award. 

Manager of the GFG Foundation Dr Claire Neilson said:

“We are delighted to bring this opportunity to students in Sheffield and Rotherham and to have nine mentors from LIBERTY Steel UK supporting the students, demonstrating their passion for helping young people and their commitment to supporting the local community.”

“The impact that we have on the environment, not only as individuals, but as businesses and industries is of utmost importance to young people today. These programmes support young people in reaching their potential and strengthen industries and local communities by boosting skills and employment prospects. Investing in our future generations is crucial to a sustainable future.

We really want the next generation to be part of our transformation to GREENSTEEL and it’s vital they know how important they are to achieving this transition.”

Further information from:

Andrew Mitchell
Head of Communications – UK
GFG Alliance
+44 7516
Claire Neilson                        Manager of the GFG Foundation in the UK+44 7798

Note to the editors:

The GFG Foundation was established in the UK as a charity in February 2017 to develop the skills needed to help people pursue careers in engineering, metals and renewable energy. It achieves this through running school programmes that offer important skills to help students become job-ready after school.

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