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The Skills Service - Working together to deliver careers information

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

I would like to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed the break.

This newsletter includes the first in our series of 'LMI Facts of the Month', which I hope you will agree provides a really useful insight into trends in the local labour market. National Apprenticeship Week is also fast approaching and we have both events and information around this subject to help you and your students.

We have just launched a video about our brokerage service, which helps to explain what we do and how we help businesses, schools and young people: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDqtyXu_Bco. Please do get in touch if you want to find out more about what we can offer.

>> LATEST NEWS
Calls to bring back compulsory work experience
LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION (LMI)
- FACT OF THE MONTH

Each month, we will be publishing useful facts about the local labour market, using data from real-time advertised job vacancies. The first of these lists the Top Occupations in 2015 for Peterborough, Fenland, Rutland, King's Lynn and West Norfolk. This information aims to improve economic awareness and increase knowledge of the local labour market.
[Read more]

Continued growth for apprenticeships
ANNUAL CAREERS SHOW MOVES TO BIGGER VENUE

Our huge, annual skills and careers event will this year be taking place at the Peterborough Arena to give us unlimited space for exhibitors and interactive sessions, plus easy parking for visitors. Taking place on Friday 15th July, we are expecting over 150 exhibitors and have already signed up a number of key local recruiters.
[Find out more]

>> REVIEW OF 2015

2015 was a very busy year for us as we continued to develop effective relationships with schools, training providers and businesses from across our target geographical areas. These are some of the headlines:

  • We have now worked with 100% of the secondary schools in the area, delivering activities that range from short CV workshops and assemblies to full days of employability sessions and enterprise challenges.
  • 17,057 students took part in an activity that we organised.
  • 1,678 businesses provided their valuable support to these activities.
  • Our Mission Possible Week was hugely successful, with more than 2,000 young people attending the Careers Festival and many more being inspired by our special guest, a female Rocket Scientist from NASA.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2016 and helping you to meet your Ofsted requirements for Careers Information and Guidance.

>> CASE STUDIES
Careers and Employability Day
MEET THE PROFESSIONAL

Year 9 students at Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough had the chance to hear from local employers from a range of different sectors about their career paths. Speakers included Joseph Valente, winner of The Apprentice 2015, who has since been mentoring a small group of students at the school.
[read more]

Mock Interviews
CAREERS AND CAROLS

Over 35 employers and training providers attended the Christmas themed careers fair at Springwood High School. Year 10 and 11 students had the chance to discuss possible future careers across a wide range of industries, from engineering, medicine and law to careers working at Holkham Hall or in animal care.
[read more]

Meet the Professional Talks
DUCKS ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE

Year 7 students at Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough took part in a manufacturing simulation that is designed to encourage enterprise and develop key workplace skills. Students competed in teams to make the most profit by designing and selling paper ducks.
[read more]

>> FREE APPRENTICESHIP RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS

Amazing Apprenticeships, a National Apprenticeship Service project, has put together a number of useful resources for both parents and teachers. This includes a series of webinars - short live presentations that take place over the internet - on topics such as:

  • How apprenticeships are structured
  • Exciting apprenticeship job roles
  • Preparing for an apprenticeship interview
  • Supporting your students
  • The benefits of apprenticeships
  • Traineeships: Pre-apprenticeship option

There is also a teacher handbook with 35 interactive tasks and activities for students to work through with five teacher-led summary sessions. Find out more...

>> RECOMMENDED EVENTS
APPRENTICESHIP EXHIBITION

Date: Wednesday 24th February
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Knights Hill Hotel, South Wootton,
King's Lynn, PE30 3HQ

This evening exhibition is designed for students and their parents to find out about career opportunities through apprenticeships. Exhibitors will include Apprenticeships Norfolk Network, training providers and local companies with apprenticeship vacancies. We will circulate a poster for this event next week.

THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SHOW

There is also 'The National Apprenticeship Show' which takes place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes on 14-15 March.

Over 100 employers and providers will be at the show, showcasing opportunities in a lively, interactive, fun and informative setting. The event is open to anyone wishing to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities.

[Find out more]

>> CONTACT US

There are many ways you can get in touch: