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The Skills Service - Working together to deliver careers information

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

Plans are hotting up for this year's East of England Careers Show, which takes place on Friday 15th July at the East of England Showground. With new exhibitors being confirmed on a daily basis, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Many of you have already booked to bring cohorts of students along but, if you haven't done so yet, there's more information below.

Read on for the latest news, our LMI Fact of the Month, case studies and more.

Take part in a STEM challenge

As part of our plans for the Careers Show, we're working in partnership with Cambridge Science Centre to help people understand science in a fun way. Take part in our STEM Challenge by designing an exhibit to teach others about science for your chance to win a guided tour of 'makespace' in Cambridge and a trip to the Science Centre.
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LMI fact of the month

The Skills Service is delighted to announce that it has been awarded matrix accreditation for delivering impartial information, advice and guidance, which ultimately supports young people in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. Matrix accreditation is for three years with annual Continuous Improvement Checks.
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Our Careers Show poster is now available and we'll be sending copies to all schools over the coming weeks for you to display in school. In the meantime, you can download it here. We'll also be sending out a weekly email newsletter starting at the beginning of June to keep you informed about what to expect at the Show, including updated exhibitor lists. Exhibitors will be divided into 'Experience Zones' this year as follows:

  • Food and Drink Zone - food manufacturing and beverage companies
  • Outdoors Zone - agriculture, horticulture, environmental, conservation and animals
  • Tech Zone - science, engineering, construction and other manufacturing
  • Wellbeing Zone - health, social care and wellbeing
  • Creative Zone - digital, media, creative and the arts
  • Lifestyle Zone - retail, hospitality, beauty and leisure
  • Business Zone - business, finance and legal
  • Uniformed Services Zone - Army, Navy, RAF, Fire and Police

If you haven't yet booked to bring along cohorts of students, you can download the booking form here.

>> LMI Fact of the Month

Each month, we publish interesting facts about the local labour market, using data from real-time advertised job vacancies. This month we're looking at the Top Employers in terms of the number of job vacancies over the last 12 months. The top three for each area are below or you can read the full report here.

1 - National Health Service (1,042 vacancies)
2 - Peterborough City Council (236)
3 - McDonald's Restaurants (122)

1 - National Health Service (118 vacancies)
2 - Affinity Trust (37)
3 - McDonald's (35)

1 - Uppingham School (52 vacancies)
2 - British Army (41)
3 - National Health Service (37)

King's Lynn and West Norfolk:
1 - National Health Service (1030 vacancies)
2 - Norse (89)
3 - Tesco (39)

Careers Fair

Over 1000 students from Neale-Wade Academy in March attended a careers fair designed to get them thinking about their futures. The event offered a great opportunity for local businesses to raise their profile with young people and showcase the skills needed and career paths available in their organisations.
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Apprenticeships Uncovered

A business apprenticeship event was followed by a marketplace for young people and their parents to find out more about apprenticeships and the opportunities available locally. Exhibitors were really impressed by the genuine interest in apprenticeships shown by visitors.
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Industry Day

Year 8 students at Casterton Business & Enterprise College in Rutland took part in an Industry Day designed to raise awareness of different careers and develop essential employability skills. Workshops included a digital marketing session and an insight into engineering and apprenticeships.
[read more]


Menu of ActivitiesOne of our key aims is to co-ordinate events that help to raise the aspirations of young people and inspire them about the wide range of businesses, sectors and opportunities available.

Our new brochure outlines the 'menu of activities' that are available to all schools and other organisations with access to young people, highlighting the purpose and expected outcomes of each. This offers an outline of typical activities that we deliver, however we are also open to innovative approaches and can tailor activities to meet individual needs.

View the online version or contact us to request a copy and talk about how we can help your students.


Wood Green - The Animals Charity - is offering a scholarship progamme at the Godmanchester Centre where young people and adults, aged 15+, are invited to apply for a two day intensive work placement in August. This free 2 day programme allows people with a specific interest in animal care the opportunity to work on a unique and supported work placement.

[Find out more]


The 'Step into the NHS' schools' competition offers students in years 8 and 9 the chance to win a tablet or a £50 Amazon voucher.
Students are asked to choose an NHS career that interests them and create a job description and an advert to tell their friends and other young people about it. The competition opens in September.

[Find out more]


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