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The Skills Service - Working Together for Business Growth

Skills Lead, Sue AddisonHappy Friday everyone!

Thank you to all those who attended our Business Breakfast on Tuesday. If you weren't able to attend but want to find out more about apprenticeships, we're currently producing a video on the benefits to businesses of taking on an apprentice. This will be available on our website.

Our attention has now very much turned to planning for our Mission Possible Week in July. This promises to be a very exciting week with opportunities for all types of employers to get involved. We're aiming to really raise the aspirations of young people and showcase the range of careers available. More about this below...

Our events calendar continues to grow with activities in schools in all of our areas. Please contact any member of the team if you see something you would like to get involved in.

Businesses inspired to grow their own talent

We hosted a business breakfast on 10 March as part of National Apprenticeship Week, using case studies to share local success stories. ‘Grow Your Own Talent’ was attended by representatives from a wide range of local organisations, large and small. The event focused on the benefits to businesses of apprenticeships and provided all the essential facts.
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Peterborough ranked second biggest job creating city

Research group CentreForCities this week released a report on urban economic change since 1911, which cited Peterborough as one of the biggest job creating cities in the last century. Peterborough was ranked second out of the UK’s 64 largest cities for rising to the challenges and creating jobs in new, more knowledge-focused industries to offset losses in more traditional industries.
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We are looking for businesses to exhibit at our annual Careers Festival on Peterborough Embankment. The Careers Festival takes place on Thursday 9th July from 9:30am to 3:00pm and we aim to showcase businesses to young people, advise them on the skills required in different sectors and raise aspirations about the careers they can aspire to.

We have invited schools from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Fenland and West Norfolk to attend and will also be promoting the event to young people who have already completed their exams. Last year over 2,500 young people attended the event and feedback was extremely positive. To get a better feel for the event and the benefits of exhibiting, watch our video of the 2014 Careers Festival.

Taking place on the site of the Willow music festival, exhibitors will fill 5 large marquees. The infrastructure allows exhibitors to bring along interactive activities to help engage visitors and encourage them to talk about their ambitions. You don't need to have live job opportunities on offer to get involved as this is about the bigger career picture and helping young people with their options.

To get involved, download the booking form or call us on 01733 863696 for more information.

Apprenticeship Event

Around 300 young people and their parents from various parts of 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.
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Rutland Careers Fair

Around 500 students and parents attended the annual careers fair at Rutland County College, making the most of this valuable opportunity to find out about potential careers. Over 40 local businesses, organisations and universities exhibited.
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Meet the Professionals

43 Post-16 students at AMVC in Peterborough had a unique opportunity to network with a wide range of local business people during this lunchtime session. Local employers attended to talk to the students about careers opportunities in their sectors.
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We have a busy calendar of events coming up with local schools and education providers over the coming months, and we're looking for businesses to support the following events:

  • 26th March and 11th May: Meet the Professional sessions with Year 9 students at Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough. Talk about your career path and opportunities within your sector.
  • 30th June: Careers fair at Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey.
  • 3rd July: Mock interviews with Year 12 students at The King's School in Peterborough.
  • 6th July: World of Work Day at Ken Stimpson Community School. Would you be open to a workplace visit by a small group of students?

If you are interested in supporting any of these events or would like more information, please contact Miranda Boughton on 01733 863696 or email Keep an eye on our Events Calendar as we’re setting up new activities all the time.


We recently launched a section on our website called 'Stand Out', which aims to provide young people with valuable information to help them with career choices and job hunting. A major part of Stand Out is a job vacancy search at: which is also emailed out as a weekly vacancy bulletin to a variety of organisations.

To advertise your vacancies on Stand Out, please email the details to There is also a section for employer profiles, which we plan to build up over the coming months. Again, please contact Daniel if you wish to provide a profile.


Is your business planning to export to China in the future? If so, Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough is offering a unique opportunity to learn the basics of the Mandarin language and gain an insight into the Chinese business culture through a 6 week course.

The training will be delivered at the school by a Chinese Economics Graduate on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6pm on the following dates: 15th April, 22nd April, 29th April, 6th May, 13th May and 20th May. The cost of the complete course is £100 per delegate.

Over the course of the 6 week programme, you will gain a good understanding of the Chinese language and culture to give you the advantage you need to compete in a global economy.

To book your place or to find out more information, please contact Andrea Ayre, International Business Enterprise and Community Co-ordinator at Ken Stimpson Community School, on 01733 765950 or email


Following the success of the first Smart Supper last year, Peterborough DNA have organised another Smart Supper. This event helps young people from schools across the city to come up with ideas to solve city challenges.
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The next Opportunity Peterborough Bondholder Breakfast takes place on 1st April at The Peterborough School from 7:30am to 9:00am. The event is sponsored by Peterborough Regional College.
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