As part of their development, United's scholars at the SteelPhalt Academy have recently completed work experience programmes, during their pre-season preparations.
The scholars have doubled up, working, then training on the same day, up to four times a week, enabling them to understand what it is like for non-league players.
The project has been supported by local companies, with the likes of A.D Brid Stainless Ltd, DJB Recycling, Harsco, Sheffield United (including the Community Foundation), HE Barnes Construction and Jump INC all willingly providing placements.
Head of Education & Welfare Mark Wilgose outlined what the club hoped the youngsters would gain from the experience.
He remarked: "We want them to understand life in the real world of work, appreciate the opportunity they have and have a sense of gratitude and humility.
"We want to see these young players brought out of their comfort zones and giving them challenges that will help them become strong individuals.
"We're seeing the characters of these lads coming through and that knowledge will help us develop them not only as players, but people too."