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The Skills Service - Working together to deliver careers information

Skills Lead, Sue AddisonWelcome to the first newsletter for schools from The Skills Service!

We’ve been really busy since our launch at the Opportunity Peterborough Bondholder Breakfast in May, not least with the hugely successful Careers Festival on Peterborough Embankment which saw 130 exhibitors inspiring over 2,500 youngsters about the opportunities available to them locally. More about that later.

Our new team of Business and Education Development Managers (BEDM's) have already facilitated a number of work-related learning activities with schools in Peterborough, Fenland, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, with a busy programme scheduled for the rest of the school term. You should already be in touch with your local BEDM, but I encourage you to speak to them about how we can help your students prepare for their future careers.

Finally, our new website is now live at www.theskillsservice.co.uk with more details about what we do and how we can help schools, young people and businesses. We have big plans for the 'Young People' section on our website as you will find out below, but we would also welcome your feedback on what information your students would find useful.

>> LATEST NEWS
Skills Service is the best in the World
SKILLS SERVICE IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD

We are incredibly proud to announce that our work to address Peterborough’s skills agenda has achieved global recognition as the overall World winner of a ‘Global Best Award’ in the category of 'Youth Employability Skills'. The award was presented at the 12th International education business Partnership Network Conference in Brussels. [read more]

Schools encouraged to establish close links with employers
SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO ESTABLISH CLOSE LINKS WITH EMPLOYERS

Last week the BBC reported on a business survey which concluded that young people lack basic workplace skills. In response to the survey, the British Chamber of Commerce called for work experience in all secondary schools and the Department for Education said it was looking for more ways to help schools and businesses co-operate. [read more]

>> MEET THE TEAM

The Skills Service is a new team within Opportunity Peterborough, incorporating the former Peterborough Skills Service and Fenland Enterprise in Education Project. New positions were recruited to drive the project forward and expand into a wider geographical area, including three new Business and Education Development Managers. The BEDMs are working with businesses, education and training providers to develop and run events that support the objectives of The Skills Service. Here are the contact details for the BEDMs and the areas they cover:

If you would like an informal conversation about how we can help you meet Ofsted requirements for careers guidance, please contact our Senior Co-ordinator, Miranda Boughton, on 01733 863696 or email miranda.boughton@theskillsservice.co.uk.

>> CASE STUDIES
Future Aspirations Day
FUTURE ASPIRATIONS DAY

116 Year 11 students from St Clement's School in King's Lynn took part in a career 'speed dating' event to help them make decisions about their futures and motivate them for the next stage of their lives. [read more]

Careers Profiling and CV Workshop
CAREERS PROFILING & CV WORKSHOP

Year 11 students at The Peterborough School learnt about different careers and CV preparation, before working on a one-to-one basis with employers to create their own CVs. [read more]

Not Going to Uni Event
'NOT GOING TO UNI'
EVENT

Students from sixth forms across Fenland who are not going to university after they finish school received a taste of the many other options open to them.
[read more]

>> CAREERS FESTIVAL

Over 2500 young people from Peterborough and the surrounding areas joined in with the festival atmosphere to make the 2014 Careers Festival on 10th July even more successful than last year. [Read the full report here] or [Watch a video of the 2014 event]

A date has already been set for next year - Thursday 9th July 2015 - and we will be aiming to make the Careers Festival even bigger and better once again, learning from experience and taking on board any feedback. This is an ideal way for young people to be inspired about businesses and opportunities available to school leavers, so save the date in your diary!

>> WORK EXPERIENCE

Our Work Experience Co-ordinators organised over 800 placement opportunities in Peterborough in the last academic year. Work experience gives young people invaluable experience in the world of work and helps them make more informed choices for their future.

Work experience placements can also lead to future employment opportunities. A Year 10 student from Nenegate School went to RTC Plant Limited on a 2 week placement and ended up negotiating a Saturday and summer holiday job with them. He now continues on a 1 day per week 'work experience' programme to continue preparing him for college or work.

If you are interested in setting up work experience placements for your students, please contact our Work Experience Co-ordinators on 01733 317493 or 317487 to find out about the levels of service we can offer.

>> RECOMMENDED EVENTS
Smart Supper Event
SMART SUPPER, 11TH & 14TH NOV 2014
UNIVERSITY CENTRE PETERBOROUGH

Peterborough Innovation Week takes place in November, and students are offered a unique opportunity to be a part of it. The Peterborough DNA programme is looking for 30 enthusiastic students aged 11-18 from Peterborough schools to take part in the Smart Supper challenge on Monday 11th and Thursday 14th November. Students will be asked to come up with innovative ideas to specific city challenges and pitch them to decision makers.
[find out more]

The Skills Show in Birmingham
THE SKILLS SHOW, 13-15 NOV 2014
BIRMINGHAM NEC

The nation's largest skills and careers event brings skills to life for students, giving them the chance to learn about training, apprenticeships and careers in an engaging and inspiring way. Find out more about the benefits for you and your students, plus details of travel reimbursement. There is also ESF funding for certain priority groups including pupil referral units, those with special educational needs and groups considered at risk of becomming NEETs. [find out more]

>> COMPETITIONS FOR YOUR STUDENTS
NAME OUR WEBSITE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND WIN £50!

We are taking over the 'Peteyouth' website for young people in Peterborough and expanding it to also include information relevant for young people in Rutland, Fenland, King's Lynn and West Norfolk. We will be providing a wide range of information to help young people make decisions about jobs, education and money, including live job vacancies. Can your students come up with a new name for the website? Email ideas to info@theskillsservice.co.uk by 24th October and the best one will win a £50 voucher!

NATIONAL RAIL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG WOMEN AGED 16-18

Currently, women aren't equally represented in IT. Network Rail is trying to change this by running a competition to show young women the wide range of interesting and exciting roles in the technology industry. They are offering the opportunity to win up to £9,000 sponsorship for the first year at university plus paid work placements along with coaching and mentoring from experienced IT professionals. The competition is as simple as 5 short questions and a final 300-500 word question.
[find out more]

'STEP INTO THE NHS' ANNUAL SCHOOLS COMPETITION

Aimed at students in years 8 and 9, the 'Step into the NHS' competition encourages students to think about career opportunities, develop job-seeking skills and make informed decisions about important GCSE or diploma choices. Students are challenged to select a NHS career and create a job advertisement and job description for their chosen role. Prizes are netbook computers and Amazon vouchers. The competition closes on 30th January 2015.
[find out more]

>> CONTACT US

There are many ways you can get in touch: