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The Skills Service - Working Together for Business Growth

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

As the summer term begins in schools, our main focus turns to our huge annual Careers Show, which takes place on 15th July. We're busy organising exhibitors into key sector zones to make sure visitors get a broad experience of the career opportunities available in our areas. You can find out more information below about booking a stand - don't miss out!

Read on for apprenticeship news, case studies and more ways to get involved...

>> LATEST NEWS
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SKILLS LEAD GOES BACK TO THE FLOOR

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2016, our Skills Lead went 'Back 2 the Floor' at Sawtry-based manufacturer, Codem Composites. 'Back 2 the Floor' is a campaign organised by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, aimed at emphasising the importance of apprenticeships to local growth and encouraging more businesses to offer them.
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Sponsorship opportunities for 2016 Careers Show
APPRENTICESHIPS AND THE NEW LEVY

As part of the Autumn Statement 2015, the Chancellor announced a number of apprenticeship reforms that are aimed at ensuring the sustainability of quality apprenticeships. This includes a new apprenticeship levy of 0.5% on company payrolls to raise £3bn a year to help fund the targeted three million apprenticeships. This comes into effect in April 2017.
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>> BOOK A STAND AT THE CAREERS SHOW

We are now taking exhibitor bookings for our annual Careers Show, which this year takes place at the East of England Showground on Friday 15th July from 9:30am - 3:00pm.

It's FREE to exhibit, all we ask is that you come equipped with interactive activities, where possible, to help engage visitors, and that you are willing to talk to young people about the skills required in your business sector and the type of roles they could aspire to.

Last year, over 2,000 young people from across the region attended the event, seeking inspiration for their futures from over 120 exhibitors. Feedback was extremely positive from both visitors and exhibitors and our video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zki2WPkuVYQ shows some of the highlights of the day.

To secure your stand, please download the Booking Form and return to info@theskillsservice.co.uk as soon as possible. If you would like to talk to somebody in more detail about the event, please call us on 01733 863696.

>> VOLUNTEER AT THE CAREERS SHOW

Part of the Careers Show is a CV Bootcamp, which runs throughout the day. We are looking for business professionals to help visitors improve their CVs in a 'CV clinic' format. The aim of the bootcamp is for young people to get a different perspective on their CV and to come away with a good sense of what their strengths are and to be aware of the areas for development and improvement. If you would like to help with the CV bootcamp, please complete this Volunteer Booking Form.

We also need a number of adult volunteers to help out on the day to ensure the event runs smoothly. Tasks include: encouraging students to engage with businesses, visitor registration/counts, ensuring exhibitors have everything they need, signposting and directing, collecting litter. To sign up to be a general event volunteer, please complete this Volunteer Booking Form.

>> CASE STUDIES
Careers Fair
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
APPRENTICESHIPS UNCOVERED

The business networking part of this event included presentations on using apprenticeships as a tool for growth, success stories from local organisations and an update on apprenticeship reforms. This was followed by a marketplace for young people and their parents.
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Industry Day
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.
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>> MENU OF ACTIVITIES

One 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 schools can choose from, highlighting the purpose and expected outcomes of each. This can also help you decide which types of events you would like to get involved in to help address the skills gaps in your business.

View the online version or contact us to request a copy.

>> REQUEST FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT

Our Events Calendar is looking busy for the remainder of the academic year. We are particularly looking for businesses to support the following events:

  • 27th April, 11th May and 25th May: Mock interviews with Year 10 students at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris. Help prepare students for making real applications for both jobs and higher education by carrying out short mock interview. Each interview will be followed by an evaluation session where you can give constructive feedback to the students and advice on areas for improvement. Timings: 1:30-3:20pm.
  • 27th June: Industry Day at Rutland County College for Year 11 students visiting on a 'taster' day. A morning of talks about the relevance of A-Level subjects in the business world, followed by a speed networking lunch session.
  • 29th June: Mock interviews with Sixth Form students at Rutland County College who are preparing for the world of work.

If you can support any of these dates or would like to find out more, please email info@theskillsservice.co.uk or call 01733 863696.

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