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The Skills Service - Working Together for Business Growth

Skills Lead, Sue AddisonWelcome to the second of our business update newsletters.

We've been busy facilitating events in all of our areas since the beginning of the school term and I'm excited to share news of some major events and developments in the pipeline for 2015.

In January we are taking over the 'PeteYouth' website for young people, re-launching and extending it to reach Peterborough, Rutland, Fenland, King's Lynn and West Norfolk. Content will include live job vacancies, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities, advice on applying for jobs and profiles of local employers and education providers.

I can't give away too much about the events yet as we're still finalising arrangements for a guest of honour who really is out of this world! I just wanted to give you advance notice that we'll be looking for sponsors for an exciting new event as well as our annual Careers Festival on Peterborough Embankment, both taking place in July. Please get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Skills Service Wins International Award

In the last newsletter we were preparing to collect our Global Best Award for Europe in the category of 'Youth Employability Skills' at the IPN Conference in Brussels. At the Awards ceremony they announced overall category winners for the World and we triumphed over similar collaborative projects from Africa, the Americas, Pacific Ocean and Australia!
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Get Involved to Tackle Youth Umemployment

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) carries out an annual Skills Survey in order to understand local business skills requirements, views on potential skills gaps and barriers to skills training. Read about the key findings from the latest survey and how our brokerage service can help you engage with schools and training providers.
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Can you help us up-skill young people and prepare them for the world of work? We are looking for local business people to become Skills Champions and pledge support to help us improve the aspirations and economic awareness of young people through our events.

What's involved?

  • We'll provide you with a short training session, free of charge. This will brief you on the current education system and give advice on how to successfully engage with young people.
  • We'll discuss with you our calendar of events and ask that you support a minimum of three sessions per academic year.
  • To recognise your support, we'll give you a Skills Champion certificate and logo for your business to use internally and externally to showcase your commitment.

Find out more or sign up here

Enterprise Challenge

BTEC Level 3 Business students from Rutland County College took part in an Enterprise Challenge Day. Following a series of workshops, the teams had to come up with an event concept, business plan and marketing campaign and pitch to a panel of expert judges. [read more]

Future Aspirations Day

Year 11 students from St Clement's High School in King's Lynn took part in a career 'speed dating' event with representatives from key local organisations. Presentations and Q&A sessions were designed to help the students make more informed decisions about their futures.
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Year 11 students at The Peterborough School learnt about different careers and CV preparation before working on a 1-2-1 basis with employers to create their own CVs. Students and teachers all felt that the activity gave a useful insight into what employers look for when reviewing CVs.
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We have a busy calendar of events coming up with local schools and education providers over the coming months, all aimed at developing Employability Skills in young people, raising aspirations and awareness of the many career opportunities. We are looking for business support for the following events:

  • 14th November: Mock Interviews at Rutland County College
  • 18th November: Careers Convention at Thomas Clarkson Academy (Wisbech)
  • 2nd December: Careers Fair at The Voyager School (Peterborough)
  • 3rd December: Enterprise Day at Neale-Wade Academy (March)
  • 3rd December: Meet the Professional session at Ken Stimpson Community School (Peterborough)
  • 12th December: CV Workshop at Stanground College (Peterborough)

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 of the time.


Students at Jack Hunt School in Peterborough have been busy selecting work experience placements ready for next March. We would like to thank the following companies who have already agreed placements with students:

Marks and Spencer, BHS, Burtons, Pizza Hut, Longthorpe Pre-School, Middleton County Primary School, RAF Wittering, Matalan, D7 Nail and Beauty Salon, Little Stars Day Nursery, Vets 4 Pets, All About Your Dog Day Care, Longthorpe Primary School, The Voyager School, John Lewis, Alpha Kindergarten School, Spar (Westwood), Anna-Ca-Soo Day Nursery, S C Foundation, Bees at the Hive, The Beeches County Primary School, Beales, Bright Kids Day Nursery, The Salvation Army Shop, Mutlifab Metals Engineering, Axiom Housing Association, Northgate Arinso, Mears, Sue Ryder Care (Thorpe Hall), Sainsbury's, Orton Hall Hotel, Sue Ryder Vintage and Retro Shop, Dorothy Perkins, Youngs Veterinary Hospital, Daisychain Day Nursery, One Source Communications and Peterborough FM.

We are also organising work experience placements for other Peterborough schools in May, June and July. If you are able to offer placements, please contact our Work Experience Co-ordinators on 01733 317493 or 317487 or complete our sign up form.


There are many ways you can get in touch: