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The Skills Service - Working together to deliver careers information

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

You should by now have received a booking form for our free 'STEM for Schools' CPD event on Monday 6th July. This event is part of our Mission Possible Week and will be one of the first events to be held at the brand new Skills and Innovation Centre at the Peterborough United football ground. You can also download the booking form here.

The Inspiration Vision statement released by the Government in 2013 stressed the need to provide more inspiration for young people and we want to help you do just that. 'STEM for Schools' is aimed at teaching staff and anyone giving careers advice to all age groups and will provide valuable information on careers in STEM related areas.

Our annual Careers Festival on Peterborough Embankment takes place later in Mission Possible Week, on Thursday 9th July. Our Project Co-ordinator, Miranda Boughton, will be emailing you the booking form later this week or you can download it here.

Enjoy the half term break and I look forward to meeting you at these events or at other activities during the remainder of the Spring term.

>> LATEST NEWS
Rocket Scientist confirmed for Mission Possible Week
ROCKET SCIENTIST CONFIRMED FOR MISSION POSSIBLE WEEK

Amber Gell, NASA Rocket Scientist and winner of the 2013 Women in Space Science Award, has confirmed her support for our Mission Possible Week in July and she will be a key speaker at both the 'STEM for Schools' CPD event and our annual Careers Festival on Peterborough Embankment. [read more]

The top 40 jobs of the future
WHAT ARE THE TOP 40 JOBS OF THE FUTURE?

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has produced a guide to the '40 top jobs of the future'. The aim is to inspire young people with what they believe are the most exciting and rewarding jobs in the future that have a good mix of opportunity, reward and long-term potential. [read more]

>> ATTITUDE SURVEYS

We would like to offer you a fantastic opportunity to capture and monitor the attitudes your students have towards careers and life after leaving school. Using fun hand-held electronic voting devices, we have devised a series of multiple-choice questions that can be asked during a tutorial session, producing instant feedback. The survey is designed to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to this area of young people's education
  • Prove the impact that IAG and business interventions have
  • Enable trends to be observed over time
  • Shape plans for future activities
  • Engage young people in their own assessment

The intention would be to repeat this activity on an annual basis in order to monitor changes in attitudes.

Up to 180 students can be surveyed at once, although smaller groups are more usual. Contact our Senior Co-ordinator, Miranda Boughton, on 01733 863696 or email miranda.boughton@theskillsservice.co.uk to find out more and book your survey.

>> CASE STUDIES
Apprenticeship Event
APPRENTICESHIP EVENT

Around 300 young people and their parents from all over West Norfolk attended this Apprenticeships exhibition at Downham Market Academy. The event put apprenticeships in the spotlight, highlighting the extent of opportunities on offer for school leavers.
[read more]

Mock Interviews
MOCK INTERVIEWS

All students in Year 11 at AMVC in Peterborough were given a valuable taster of the skills needed to be successful in interviews. A wide range of local employers carried out mock interviews with the students, giving constructive feedback to each student. [read more]

Internet Safety
INTERNET SAFETY

Year 10 students at Cromwell Community College attended a hard-hitting internet safety event to raise awareness of the need to keep themselves safe online. The interactive session aimed to ensure that students think about their social media presence in a more informed manner. [read more]

>> STAND OUT! NEW WEBSITE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Stand Out

We have just launched a new section for young people on our website called 'Stand Out'. One of our key aims is to raise awareness of the opportunities available locally and Stand Out helps to do just that. Replacing the old 'Pete Youth' website maintained by Peterborough City Council, Stand Out includes the following:

  • Live job vacancies, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities
  • Advice on applying for jobs including CV and interview tips
  • Profiles of local employers and education providers
  • Useful links to online resources for young people.

The website can be accessed via the 'Young People' section on our website or by visiting www.standoutskills.co.uk.

>> POST-16 WORK EXPERIENCE

Work placements provide valuable experience of the work environment and help students to decide on future career or study options and also to demonstrate their potential to future employers or universities. Work experience for 16-19 year olds is particularly beneficial as preparation into employment or higher education.

Our Work Experience Co-ordinators are here to help you arrange work experience for Post-16 students as well as Pre-16. Contact our Work Experience Co-ordinators on 01733 317493 or 317487 to find out about the levels of service we can offer.

>> RECOMMENDED EVENTS AND WEBSITES
DEVELOPING NORFOLK'S FUTURE WORKFORCE - VIDEO SERIES

Norfolk County Council has launched a series of videos as part of its 'Developing Norfolk's Workforce' initiative. This is a resource for teachers, careers professionals and young people to help inform young people about the opportunities in their future study, qualifications, getting experience and securing future careers. [visit website]

UNIVERSITY CENTRE PETERBOROUGH EVENTS FOR SCHOOLS

University Centre Peterborough (UCP) is offering a range of HE and subject based opportunities for schools during 2015, including Open Days, Applicant Days, a STEM Fayre, STEM Guest Speakers, HE Conference and Summer School Sessions.
[download full details]

>> CONTACT US

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