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THE IDEA

The Skills Service has launched a brand new project for Primary and Secondary schools which focuses on the ‘Future Workforce’ and which aims to empower young people at a time when they are facing some tough challenges.

There are 6 key strands to the project – Inspire Technology; Inspire Creativity; Inspire Sustainability; Inspire Careers, Inspire Construction and Inspire Your City.

Each strand involves key partners from business and the community, and will contain challenges, project ideas, activities and resources. This is a fun way to engage your students with the ‘real world of work’ and can be delivered as part of the curriculum either at school or virtually.

Our first Challenges have already launched – get involved in a national challenge sponsored by CityFibre with ‘Inspire Your City’. There are some great prizes to be won! We have also launched the 'Business Sustainability' challenge in association with PECT.

Coming soon – an exciting opportunity in partnership with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Bookmark this page to get up to date information and links….

We would like to deliver this project to as many schools as possible over the next academic year so please get in touch if you would like further information. Likewise, if you are a business based in the UK and would like to sponsor a challenge or get involved in the project let us know by emailing jacqui.farrell@theskillsservice.co.uk

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‘THE INSPIRE SERIES’ – AN EXCITING NEW PROJECT FOR SCHOOLS

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STRAND 1 – DIGITAL INNOVATION

This will be delivered nationally in partnership with CityFibre and will be branded Inspire Your City. We have a challenge where students will be asked to design a product or service, which uses fast full fibre broadband and which improves the lives of residents in their home town/city.

 

Their ideas can be drawn, written, shown on video, or they may come up with a different format completely, and they can work individually or in teams. Chosen ideas will be put forward to key people and just may be brought to life. 

 

Open to both Primary and Secondary students aged 7-18. Individual entrants will be put forward to a quarterly judging panel and may win a Tech voucher worth £100. School teams can also win prizes for their school. We are also hoping to run physical events with students in school as soon as restrictions are fully eased.

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STRAND 2 – SUSTAINABILITY / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

An exciting strand with a few different aspects. The main Challenge will be a problem solving activity using situations from real businesses, in partnership with Peterborough Environment City Trust.

 

Local businesses will pitch their problem relating to efficiency, sustainability or the environment to students who will have to choose which business they would like to support. They will then prepare a solution and pitch it back to the business concerned who will choose an ultimate winning team. We are looking into sponsored prizes for this challenge and will keep you informed if this happens. Ideal for all age groups.

We are also discussing a further two ‘Design Challenges’ with a Sustainability theme, in partnership with two local companies. More details to follow.

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STRAND 3 – AUTOMATION / ROBOTICS

We have a Resource Pack for schools which focuses on automation and robotics. There are various activities which can be used as the foundation of a lesson plan. Once completed it actually forms a potential full entry to the Inspire Your City challenge outlined above. For a preview of the resource pack, please click on the strand title above or the icon below. To receive the full resource pack, please email jacqui.farrell@theskillsservice.co.uk for your copy.

We are also hoping to have videos, presentations, articles and resources created by people in industry and partnered organisations. A lot of interest has been shown already and we will be covering Industry 4.0 which is a key theme for any young people interested in STEM careers.

STRAND 4  – FUTURE WORKFORCE

This strand will focus on careers information around future careers. A recent report by the World Economic Forum stated that 65% of children who entered Primary school in 2016 will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist.

 

We want to inspire young people by providing virtual workplace tours, case studies, career options, virtual Meet the Professionals videos and lots more. We are working with the Future Libraries Initiative on a new website which will be an accessible platform for schools, families and individual young people. Expected launch for this resource is October 2020.

STRAND 5 – THE ARTS

This strand focuses on creativity, dance, music, performing arts and we have a very exciting opportunity with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to start things off. Our ‘Create A Podcast’ Challenge will give students the chance to create their very own podcast, with support from the radio station. Winning teams will have their podcast broadcast on air. Launching early 2021.

STRAND 6 – CONSTRUCTION

Coming soon...

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