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The Skills Service - Working together to deliver careers information

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

I am pleased to inform you that we have been contracted by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to deliver the 'Signpost 2 Skills' initiative in Peterborough, Rutland, Fenland, King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Huntingdonshire, East Cambridgeshire, South Holland and South Kesteven.

Funding from both the LEP and the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) allows us to support schools with developing strategic CEIAG and business engagement plans, in addition to the free brokerage service that we already offer. We will be discussing this in more detail with our school contacts over the coming months, but please do get in touch if you want to book a meeting to find out more.

Read on for the latest skills news, case studies and forthcoming events not to be missed...

Careers Show set to be bigger and better in 2017

The Skills Service is partnering with World Skills UK, the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region (ACER) and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the 2017 Careers Show.
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LMI fact of the month

Each month, we publish useful facts about the local labour market, using data from real-time advertised job vacancies. This month, we're looking at top Clerical and Administrative vacancies advertised over the last 12 months.
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We are hosting a FREE CPD event for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths teachers on Wednesday 7th December 2016. The event will help teachers to link curriculum learning to careers by taking part in a workshop aimed at making this simple to achieve.

Top STEM employers will be showcasing how they can help schools to set purposeful challenges and provide you with support materials. Exhibitors include: Anglian Water, ARM Holdings, Bard Pharmaceuticals, British Sugar, Marshall Aerospace, Royal Society of Chemistry and RWE Generation.

Win, win, win! There will also be the chance to win funding to run STEM activities in your school, with a first prize of £1000 and two second prizes of £500!

Where and When: Join us on Wednesday 7th December 2016, from 9:30am to 3:00pm, at the Noel Cantwell Suite, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AL.
Book your free place at

Duck Production

Year 7 students from The Deepings School took part in a 'duck production' challenge that is designed to encourage enterprise skills and help to develop key workplace skills. Representatives from the YMCA and Coaching4Business kindly supported the event, giving students valuable real-life contact with local employers.
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Careers Show

Over 2,000 students attended a huge Careers Show hosted at Springwood High School. A large number also returned with their parents in the evening to find out more about the career opportunities available to them after leaving school. Running alongside the exhibition was a series of seminars on subjects such as apprenticeships and university life.
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Industry Day

Representatives from AECOM led an informative debate with 60 Year 12 students at Ormiston Bushfield Academy. The debate centred around a key question: how can the construction industry attract more young people and women? This aimed to improve communication skills and help with the development of critical and creative thinking abilities.
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Not long to go until our three 'University Uncovered' information fairs. These events are unique in that they are aimed at both students and their parents who want to find out more about Higher Education in general. It's not so much about the courses on offer, but more about how to prepare for student life, what to expect, whether it's for you and how you will benefit. Please encourage your Post-16 students to come along.

Ask the experts!
We will have representatives from Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Grosseteste University, De Montfort University, University of Bedfordshire, University Centre Peterborough, University of Leeds and University of Lincoln at the events. Take part in our selfie wall activity, share career aspirations and watch our short videos about the top graduate occupations in a variety of sectors.

FREE to attend, the information fairs are taking place on the following dates/times/venues:
- Thursday 17th November, 12:00 - 7:00pm
Central Square, Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NT
- Thursday 24th November, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Ely Cathedral Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely CB7 4EW
- Wednesday 30th November, 5:30 - 8:00pm
The Boathouse Business Centre, 1 Harbour Square, Wisbech PE13 3BH


We have been notified about an opportunity for students to attend a Youth Leadership Summit in Kent. Due to a late cancellation, ten fully sponsored places are available (worth £500 each) on this five day residential leadership course for 13 to 17 year olds. This is a powerful, high energy and fun residential with expert speakers covering a wide range of topics including: relationships, teamwork, values/limiting beliefs, purpose, goal setting, entrepreneurship, wealth, health and contribution. For further information, please visit and contact Chris Trudigan (Event Manager) asap on 07990 524615 or if you are interested.


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