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The Skills Service - Working Together for Business Growth

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

The weeks seem to be flying by and there are only 11 weeks before our huge annual Careers Show at the East of England Showground. This year is going to be bigger than ever before and, thanks to a transport fund that has been made available to schools, we have nearly 3,000 students already pre-booked to attend.

We will shortly be producing a floor plan of Experience Zones and activities, so we do need any more exhibitor booking asap. Don't miss out!

Read on for more news about the Show, our new mentoring programme and more...

Last call for exhibitors at this year's Mission Possible Careers Show

Time is running out to book your FREE stand at this year's Mission Possible Careers Show to showcase your organisation and help inspire the workforce of the future.Taking place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough on Friday 23rd June, from 9:30am to 3:30pm, the event already has nearly 3,000 students booked to attend.
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Signpost 2 Skills bus raises awareness of apprenticeships

From 10th to 17th March, a ‘Signpost 2 Skills’ bus toured the LEP area to raise awareness of apprenticeships with both businesses and young people. Manned by staff from the LEP, The Skills Service, apprenticeship providers and local employers, the campaign aimed to help visitors learn about how apprenticeships could be the right option for them.
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British Sugar logoThanks to sponsorship from British Sugar, we will be offering all visitors to the Careers Show the chance to use exciting, innovative technology to collect information about exhibitors.

Each exhibitor will be asked to supply useful information about their company, such as the benefits of working for them, different routes into employment and key recruitment dates, and they will then be allocated their own unique 'Zappar' code. Visitors will have an App on their Smart Phones allowing them to 'Zap' the stands that they want to find out more about. This information will be saved on their phones for the next 12 months.

We will then be able to provide exhibitors with regular analytics, including information on how many people 'Zapped' their code, which information is being read the most, and what geographical area they are from.

We hope you agree that this is a very exciting addition to the Show and we would like to thank British Sugar for making it possible.


We are about to launch a new mentoring programme in a number of schools in the area, with the aim of giving young people life-changing experiences to inspire them about the world of work. Mentors will work with students at critical stages in their education, targeting those who have been identified by teachers as not currently realising their potential.

By creating and supporting mentoring relationships with local business people, our programme aims to:

  • Increase confidence and improve academic performance
  • Develop a more positive attitude to school
  • Raise aspirations and broaden horizons about future careers and options
  • Build knowledge and insight about the world of work

Read our leaflet to find out more about the programme, the benefits of being a mentor, a mentor's job description, what makes a good mentor and how to get involved.

Duck Production

Year 7 and 8 students from Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech took part in a ‘Duck Production’ enterprise challenge, a manufacturing simulation designed to encourage entrepreneurship and help to develop key workplace skills. This event was supported by four employees of Perkins, three of whom were apprentices and one was an ex-student of the school.
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Meet the Professionals

Peele Community College held its annual ‘Super Learning Day’ for all year groups on 22nd March, with a variety of fun activities that aimed to help students find out about future careers. The day was supported by local and national employers, plus universities and training providers. Activities included a series of workshops and a large careers and jobs fair with 'Have a Go' activities.
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Build a Business

Each year, all Year 11 students at Arthur Mellows Village College in Peterborough take part in a mock interview with a local employer. This activity aims to prepare students for the world of work. Due to the size of the year group, interviews take place over a period of two weeks, and we'd like to thank the employers involved for giving up their valuable time to support this initiative.
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As well as the Careers Show, our Events Calendar is looking busy for the next term. We are particularly looking for businesses to support the following events:

  • Friday 21st April: Mock Interviews with Year 10 students at Peele Community College. Can you spare a day or just a couple of hours to give students a valuable interview experience?
  • Wednesday 26th April: Attitude Survey and Employer Talks at Neale-Wade Academy in March. We use hand-held electronic devices to capture and monitor the attitudes of students towards careers and life after school. There is also the opportunity to give a short talk about opportunities in your business or sector.
  • Friday 5th May: 'Duck Production' Enterprise Challenges at the City of Peterborough Academy. We're looking for business representatives to act as 'buyers' in an exciting manufacturing simulation, helping to nurture young people's interest in business. Morning or afternoon session available.

If you can support any of our events or would like to find out more information, please email or call 01733 863696.


We have recruited a new Business and Education Development Manager to cover the area of South Kesteven. Danielle Shaw joins the team on 18th April and her normal days of work will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If your business is in that area, get in touch to talk about your skills needs.


Our 'Menu of Activities' for schools has been updated to include the work that we now do on behalf of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the national Enterprise Adviser Network. Read about this and other activities that you can get involved in.


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