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The Skills Service - Working together to deliver careers information

Skills Lead, Sue AddisonWelcome to our latest newsletter for schools.

We're getting excited about our Mission Possible Week in July and are busy booking exhibitors and speakers for the events. As mentioned in the last newsletter, we are extremely lucky to have Amber Gell, a rocket scientist from NASA, with us for the whole week. She will play a key role in both events and will also be available on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July for visits and presentations in schools. If you have ideas for possible activities in your school, please do email me sue.addison@theskillsservice.co.uk.

We also continue to have a busy calendar of activities taking place in schools throughout this term. Please do get in touch if we can help with planning for the next school year.

>> LATEST NEWS
Guidance calls for more real life contact with the world of work
GUIDANCE CALLS FOR MORE REAL LIFE CONTACT WITH THE WORLD OF WORK

The Department for Education has issued an update to the statutory 'Careers guidance and inspiration in schools' guidance from April 2014. The guidance states that 'inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.'
[read more]

The top 40 jobs of the future
DEGREE LEVEL APPRENTICESHIPS ROLLED OUT FROM SEPTEMBER

The Government has announced plans to rollout 9 new degree level apprenticeships. Groups of businesses, universities and colleges are developing the practical degree courses which allow the combination of academic knowledge from a traditional university degree with practical experience that are both vital for success in the labour market. [read more]

>> STEM FOR TEACHERS EVENT: 6TH JULY

Mission Possible WeekOur Mission Possible Week kicks off on 6th July with an interactive conference for teachers and careers advisers. 'STEM for Teachers' aims to inspire you about the wide variety of careers in STEM subjects in order to pass this knowledge onto your students. Research shows that there is enthusiasm in schools for STEM subjects, but that there is not enough awareness about the opportunities and career paths. These are also the careers with predicted skills gaps in the future.

The event will be opened by Amber Gell, a NASA Rocket Scientist and winner of the 2013 Women in Space Award. Her presentation will be followed by 'Cafe Conversations' with 16 key STEM organisations where you will have the opportunity to network and ask questions.

'STEM for Teachers' is a CPD event at the brand new Future Business Centre in Peterborough and is FREE to attend for you and your colleagues. Download the booking form now and return asap to info@theskillsservice.co.uk.

>> CASE STUDIES
Apprenticeship Event
FINANCE WORKSHOPS

Victor Sacks, an Independent Financial Adviser for Ringrose Grimley, delivered finance workshops at Hampton College, introducing Sixth Form students to the realities of living independently and managing personal finances.
[read more]

Mock Interviews
RUTLAND CAREERS FAIR

Around 500 students and parents attended the annual Careers Fair at Rutland County College, making the most of the valuable opportunity to find out about potential careers. Over 40 local businesses and organisations exhibited.
[read more]

Mock Interviews
MOCK INTERVIEWS

All Year 11 students at Thomas Deacon Academy took part in mock interviews with a wide range of local professionals who had given up their time to support these valuable sessions. The aim was to help build confidence in preparation for real interviews. [read more]

>> CAREERS FESTIVAL: 9TH JULY

Now in its third year, the Careers Festival gets bigger and better each year with over 130 exhibitors and 2,500 visitors in 2014. Aimed at 15-19 year olds wanting to find out more about career options, your students can expect to find out about college courses, apprenticeships and universities, plus meet large and small employers from a diverse range of sectors.

So much more than your average jobs fair, the Careers Festival takes place on the site of the Willow Festival, using the infrastructure, large festival marquees and outside space for exhibitors. The space allows exhibitors to bring along interactive activities, which allows visitors to try out different skills and get a feel for what it is like to work in their industry.

Careers Festival

The aim is for the experience to be fun with a festival atmosphere, so there will be live music and dance acts on the main stage throughout the day and on-site food concessions. There will also be a designated teacher area for networking and relaxing.

Don't let your students miss out on the opportunity to be part of the East of England's largest skills and careers event. To book a cohort, download the booking form now and return asap to info@theskillsservice.co.uk.

>> RECOMMENDED EVENTS
GRADUATE EXHIBITION OF RESEARCH & DESIGN IN COMPUTING AND ENGINEERING

Students are invited to this annual exhibition of student work at University Centre Peterborough on Friday 22nd May. The event runs from 1:30pm - 4pm with over 40 graduate students exhibiting. It is also an opportunity to see how the Computing and Engineering degree courses are developing to provide a wider range of career opportunities in line with the needs of local business.
Contact alex.nee@peterborough.ac.uk or call 0845 196 5751 for details.

HAVE A GO FOR VQ DAY 2015 AND WIN UP TO £500

To celebrate VQ Day on 10th June, Find a Future and The Skills Show are urging schools, colleges and learning providers to hold a 'Have a Go' event, introducing young people to careers they might not have previously considered. Event organisers will have the opportunity to win back the costs of holding an event up to the value of £500. The best two events will also win up to £4000 to go to The Skills Show in November.
[more details]

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