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The Skills Service - Working Together for Business Growth

Skills Lead, Sue AddisonWelcome to the first newsletter from The Skills Service!

We’ve been really busy since our launch at the Opportunity Peterborough Bondholder Breakfast in May, not least with the hugely successful Careers Festival on Peterborough Embankment which saw 130 exhibitors inspiring over 2,500 youngsters about the opportunities available to them locally. More about that later.

Our new team of Business and Education Development Managers have already facilitated a number of employer engagement activities with schools in Peterborough and Fenland, with a busy programme scheduled for the new school term. We are always looking for employers to help with these events in order to inspire young people about different sectors and skills.

Finally, our new website is now live at with more details about what we do and how we can help businesses, schools and young people, plus an events calendar, case studies and regular skills news.

Skills Service Wins International Award

We are incredibly proud to announce that our work to address Peterborough’s skills agenda has achieved global recognition by winning a ‘Global Best Award’ for the Europe region. The award, which celebrates partnership working to enhance youth employability skills, will be presented at the 12th International education business Partnership Network Conference in Brussels on 12th September. We are looking forward to sharing our aims and successes with conference delegates from around the world. [read more]

Get Involved to Tackle Youth Umemployment

A recent report from the IPPR includes some eye-opening statistics about the true state of youth unemployment in the UK. Currently 868,000 young people aged 16-24 are unemployed in the UK and 247,000 of them have been looking for work for over a year. The report highlights ‘how a strong workplace-based vocational education and training system, with high employer involvement, contributes more to a smoother transition from education to work and a lower rate of youth unemployment than anything else.’ [read more]


The Skills Service is a new team within Opportunity Peterborough, incorporating the former Peterborough Skills Service and Fenland Enterprise in Education Project. New positions were recruited to drive the project forward and expand into a wider geographical area, including three new Business and Education Development Managers. The BEDMs are working with businesses, education and training providers to develop and run events that support the objectives of The Skills Service. Here are the contact details for the BEDMs and the areas they cover:

If you would like an informal conversation about how you can get involved with The Skills Service, please contact our Senior Co-ordinator, Miranda Boughton, on 01733 863696 or email

CV Workshop and Interview Skills

Around 200 Year 10 students at Stanground Academy in Peterborough worked in groups of 30 with a wide range of local business people to review their CVs and learn about interview skills. [read more]

Careers Festival 2014

Over 2500 young people from Peterborough and the surrounding areas joined in with the festival atmosphere to make the 2014 Careers Festival even more successful than last year. [read more]

Not Going to Uni Event

Students from sixth forms across Fenland who are not going to university after they finish school received a taste of the many other options open to them.
[read more]


We are busy setting up a calendar of events with local schools and education providers for the new school year, all aimed at developing Employability Skills in young people. Could you spare some time to help support any of the following events?

  • Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th October: Curriculum Days at King Edward School in King’s Lynn
  • Thursday 9th October: Careers Fair at Arthur Mellows Village Collge in Peterborough
  • Wednesday 15th October: Careers Convention at Cromwell College in Chatteris
  • Tuesday 18th November: Careers Convention at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech
  • Tuesday 18th November: CV Workshop in King's Lynn
  • Friday 21st November: Mock Interviews in King's Lynn

If you are interested in supporting any of these events or would like more information, please contact the relevant BEDM using the contact details above. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar as we’re setting up new activities all of the time.


Our Work Experience Co-ordinators organised over 800 placement opportunities in Peterborough in the last academic year. Work experience gives young people invaluable experience in the world of work and helps them make more informed choices for their future.

There are also many benefits for employers who offer work placements, including the development of employability skills in the future workforce, raising the profile of your organisation and creating management development opportunities for employees.

If you are able to offer work placements, please contact our Work Experience Co-ordinators on 01733 317493 or 317487 or complete our sign up form.


There are many ways you can get in touch: