It certainly does comes round quick!

It only feels like yesterday that we were getting ready for the busy start of 2019 after last Christmas, and now we are here again already putting the final details and plans in place for the big day next week and 2020!

December has been a very busy month us (well the whole of 2019 has been) with school sessions, work experience placement visits and recruitment for the EA network just being a few of the areas we have been working on, so we are all looking forward to the Christmas break.

Overall 2019 has been a fantastic year for us with many highlights throughout, we love everything that we do but here are a few standouts for us:-

Ely Cathedral Careers Fair

The annual Ely Cathedral Careers fair is always looked forward to by us, schools and the businesses that attend. The stunning setting and the engagement of the students makes the event very special.

CityFibre ‘Inspire your City’ launch

We have partnered with CityFibre to launch an exciting inter school competition. Ten schools across Peterborough have signed up to take part in this enterprise challenge. Winning teams from each school will the go through to a grand final in April 2020 to compete against each other. You can read more about the competition here

Rutland and Stamford Work Experience

We have for many years worked with the majority of Peterborough schools on their work experience programmes, in delivering health and safety and safeguarding work placement visits and also access to our employer database. We have now taken on schools in Rutland and Stamford to deliver the same for them and we are really excited by this as we venture further afield.

We have already done many visits in Oakham and the surrounding areas and will continue well into the new year along with our commitments in Peterborough and surrounding area.

East Cambs Business Boost

We were proud Gold sponsors of the recent East Cambs Business Boost put together by East Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to bring together over 300 local businesses to help accelerate business growth in the area, through networking, exhibiting and keynote speakers.

This year keynote speakers were Levi Roots, Jem Hills and Google Digital Garage, quite a fantastic line up!

For us to exhibit was a great chance to meet and network with many businesses and industries that we not only currently work alongside but also to engage with new business leads and promote our work and the benefits of supporting our service.

Peterborough STEM Fest

Peterborough STEM fest is an annual free event for children to get involved with many different areas of STEM at a hands on exhibition. This year we supported the event held at the Kingsgate Centre but also an additional primary school day on the Friday before where students from six different primaries got involved with different STEM challenges in a mini competition. For a full look have a click here

Arthur Mellows Village College – a month and much more of mocks!

We spent October, November and December running mock interviews for students from Arthur Mellows Village College over various weeks during the course of the three month for years 10, 11 and the 6th form. We had support from over 50 local businesses and training providers who gave their time to interview the students and help build on their confidence and give the experience and tools for future interviews and employment.

The EA Network

The Enterprise Adviser Network for Peterborough and Huntingdonshire has had a very successful 2019. Sixteen schools have signed up to the network with eleven business volunteers recruited as Enterprise Advisers. Throughout 2020 we will continue to match schools with Enterprise Advisers.

Trailing of Assessment Centre at Thomas Clarkson Academy

We took a new take on one of our enterprise challenges and turned our ducks session into an assessment centre style process for Thomas Clarkson sixth form. Instead of wearing our normal recognisable pink t-shirts we came suited and booted and created a whole new atmosphere for the session, which whilst still fun and followed the enterprise challenge, now had an edge to it.

The students were treated as if going through an actual work assessment centre and were monitored throughout the session on their team work and employability skills. It worked superbly and the students benefited greatly from the new format.

First careers fair at Spalding High

We ran our first careers fair at Spalding High in the summer. A hugely successful event bringing a variety of exhibitors from the world of work and higher education to over 700 students.

Ernulf year 9 put on their business hats

Year 9 students from Ernulf Academy got involved with expanded Build a Business session. Instead of the normal three hours we ran this session for an extended time, so once the session had ended and all the students had pitched their ideas, they were then treated to a Q&A with the business volunteers supporting.

It was a really lovely way to round of the session and for the students to discover real career paths and and insight into how someones career can develop and change.

Our year in numbers

Looking back at 2019 we have achieved some excellent results that we can be proud of, so this is our year in numbers for 2019 alone.

Number of schools we support – 78

Number of students engaged with – 35,636

Number of events put on – 191

Number of businesses engaged – 1028

Number of students placed on work experience – 2393

We certainly could not do this without the businesses that support us and the time they give volunteering with us.

So a big THANK YOU to all that support us.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!