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The Skills Service - Working Together for Business Growth

Skills Lead, Sue AddisonWelcome to the latest newsletter from The Skills Service.

I hope you've enjoyed the summer holidays, despite what feels like a lack of sunshine!

After recovering from the excitement of our Mission Possible Week in July, we've been busy de-briefing the day and making plans for 2016. More about that below. We're also looking forward to the start of the new school term with a busy calendar of events planned in schools, including some that we haven't worked with before.

Read on for news, case studies and details of projects we're involved in across our patch. Please do visit our website or get in touch to find out how we can help your business.

Delivering Careers Inspiration

We have been appointed by the National Careers Service to promote their offer to both employers and schools, focusing on the East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire areas. We will be working with Local Authorities and secondary schools in those areas to identify gaps in careers inspiration.
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Call for Skills Champions

Earlier this year we launched our Skills Champion scheme, recruiting employers to support our activities while also giving them the chance to influence training provision locally to meet their own business needs. We will be running our next Skills Champion workshop in Peterborough at the end of October.
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Crowds flocked to The Peterborough School on 9th July for what is now widely regarded as the East of England's largest skills and careers event. Around 2000 students and young people from Peterborough, Fenland, Norfolk and Huntingdon enjoyed the sunshine and festival atmosphere at this year's Careers Festival, seeking inspiration for their futures from over 120 exhibitors.

The Careers Festival marked the end of Mission Possible Week, a week of activities designed to raise the aspirations of young people and showcase the wide range of career opportunities on offer, both locally and beyond. Amber Gell, a Rocket Scientist working for NASA, flew over from Houston to support the week and inspired everybody that she met. You can watch our video to experience the highlights and see the benefits of exhibiting:

In addition to a wide range of exhibition stands, there was also a drop-in CV bootcamp and seminar programme running throughout the day, plus live music and dance acts on an outdoor stage to complete the festival feel.

Feedback from all involved has been fantastic, including this comment from one of our exhibitors:
"Once again the Careers Festival left us impressed by the scale of the event and we very much valued the opportunity to talk to so many young people from the local area. We found the event extremely well organised and supported. We remain proud to support such a successful local event." Angela Claxton, Rawlinsons

We are currently finalising plans for the 2016 event and will be in touch when we have further information. You can, however, pre-register your interest in exhibiting.

Mock Interviews

All Year 11 students at Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough took part in mock interviews with a range of local professionals who had given up their time to support these valuable sessions. The aim was to introduce students to an interview setting and build their confidence in preparation for job or apprenticeship applications.
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Rutland Careers Fair

We hosted a careers fair at King Edward VII Academy on 21st May, which was attended by over 200 students and their parents. There were more than 30 exhibitors including Adrian Flux, Bespak, Russen & Turner, NHS, R G Carter Construction and McDonalds. A CV surgery ran alongside the event.
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Finance Workshops

Teachers at Hampton College were keen to introduce their Sixth Form students to the realities of living independently and the management of personal finances. Victor Sacks, an Independent Financial Adviser for Ringrose Grimley, delivered the workshops, covering issues such as how to work out a cost of living budget.
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We have a busy calendar of events coming up with local schools and education providers over the coming months. Careers fairs are particularly popular this term and we're looking for exhibitors for the following events:

  • 29th September: Arthur Mellows Village College in Peterborough
  • 7th October: Apprenticeship Event at Downham Market Academy - we are specifically looking for businesses connected to The Arts for this event
  • 14th October: Cromwell Community College in Chatteris
  • 23rd October: The King's School in Peterborough
  • 11th November: Marshlands High School in Wisbech

If you are interested in supporting any of these events or would like more information, please contact Daniel Todd on 01733 317441 or email Keep an eye on our Events Calendar as we’re setting up new activities all the time.


Go4Set is a project created by the Engineering Development Trust, which links teams of Year 8 and 9 students with employers through a 10 week STEM project. The project is business led and aims to inspire pupils about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths industries) and different career pathways while developing their employability skills.

We're looking for business mentors from the Finance or IT sectors to support a Go4Set project that is launching at a school in Peterborough on 28th September. Mentors will be required for approximately one hour per week.

What are the benefits for you? This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your company and meet your CSR objectives. It is also an effective way to develop your own staff through mentoring. To find out more, email Becky Nash or call 01733 317418.


'Stand Out' is the section of our website for young people, which includes a live job vacancy search, job hunting advice, apprenticeship information and vacancies, post-16 learning options and volunteering opportunities.

Later this month, we will be extending the job vacancies section to include West Norfolk. If you have vacancies for young people in this area that you would like to advertise on Stand Out, please email the details to


Are you interested in supporting and improving children's education? If so, why not consider becoming a school governor? School governors are the most important volunteer force in education. You don't need to be a parent or have any formal qualifications to become a governor, but you do need a willingness to listen and to contribute to a team, have time to commit to a local school and the desire to improve education in the community.

Being a governor is a very rewarding and a stimulating voluntary role. It is a fantastic opportunity to give something back to the local community as well as learning new skills, including leadership and management, financial monitoring, strategic planning and many more. Meetings are usually in the early evening, last a couple of hours and take place roughly twice a term. Free training is provided for governors.

SGOSS – Governors for Schools, a government-funded charity dedicated to recruiting skilled individuals to become school governors, are encouraging business professionals across Peterborough and Norfolk to consider supporting local education by becoming a governor. Visit to find out more or apply.


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