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Young people’s career dreams versus reality

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the results of its analysis into the career, salary and educational aspirations of 16-21 year olds, compared to the reality for 22-29 year olds. In the list of jobs that young people aspired to, a career in artistic, literacy or media industries was top with almost 12% […]

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Employers lack awareness of new ‘T Levels’

A new report from the CIPD* highlights a lack of awareness amongst employers about the new T Level qualifications that are being introduced in 2020. T Levels are Level 3 technical qualifications, the equivalent of an A Level, and have come about following an identified need to both improve and simplify vocational study options. T […]

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Skills brokerage service boosts the local economy

As students embark on a new academic year, The Skills Service is stepping up its mission to provide inspiration and raise aspirations for their future careers while also helping to meet the skills needs of the local economy. Success is achieved by brokering effective relationships between businesses, schools and training providers, using these links to […]

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Talk to us about your skills needs

As schools start their long summer holiday, The Skills Service team are focusing their attention on engaging with new businesses in preparation for the next academic year. To address local business concerns about the work-readiness of young people coming out of education, we provide a brokerage service for businesses, education and training providers, co-ordinating work-related […]

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Mission Possible Careers Show 2018

OVER 5,000 YOUNG PEOPLE INSPIRED FOR THEIR FUTURE CAREERS

The sixth annual Mission Possible Careers Show succeeded in inspiring thousands of young people at the East of England Arena last Thursday, with over 100 exhibitors showcasing the wide range of career opportunities available across the region. More than 40 schools attended in two hour slots throughout the day, exploring sector-specific ‘Experience Zones’ for an […]

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Careers Show 2018

MISSION POSSIBLE CAREERS SHOW SET TO INSPIRE THOUSANDS

On Thursday 21st June at the East of England Arena, the Mission Possible Careers Show will showcase hundreds of opportunities available for young people in the local area. From current job vacancies to apprenticeships to university places, there will be advice on all different career paths under one roof. 5,000 students from 40 schools across […]

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Book your stand at the 2018 Mission Possible Careers Show

Exhibitor bookings are now open for the East of England’s largest skills and careers event. A record-breaking 6,000 visitors from 38 schools across the region attended in 2017, finding inspiration for their future careers in a fun and engaging atmosphere. The Mission Possible Careers Show 2018 will be held on Thursday 21st June, from 9:00am to […]

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Our Skills Vision

Department of Education release new Careers Strategy

December 2017 saw the release of the new careers strategy from the Department for Education highlighting the need for a thriving careers system that is accessible and easy to use by everyone and in particular those currently in education. Students today need to be able understand the range of opportunities that are available to them […]

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CV workshop

What works in employer-led transition skills events

The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) recently released a report looking at transition skills for students to take with them into employment and interview situations. The importance of events such as mock interviews and CV writing workshops is recognised by schools, students and employers. Research suggests that students leaving education are finding themselves increasingly up […]

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Skills fair returns to Ely Cathedral

Following from the success of last year’s event the East Cambs Careers & Skills Fair is returning to Ely Cathedral on Tuesday 10th October, open from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Now in its fourth year, the fair has continued to grow and draw attention from local schools and businesses alike. Schools from all over the district are […]

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Record-breaking Careers Show attracts over 6,000 visitors

The East of England Arena was buzzing on Friday as record-breaking numbers of young people from across the region found inspiration for their future careers. Now in its fifth year, the Mission Possible Careers Show is the biggest and most exciting skills and careers event in the East of England, attracting over 6,000 visitors and […]

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Mission Possible 2017

Careers Show shaping up to be bigger than ever

The Mission Possible Careers Show is the biggest and most exciting skills and careers event in the East of England and is now in its fifth year. Taking place on Friday 23rd June at the East of England Arena, the event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before with well over […]

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STEM CPD Event

STEM Challenge

At our STEM CPD event in December, teachers were set a challenge to go away and develop innovative STEM projects in conjunction with the employers met on the day. The aim of the challenge was to successfully embed employability into the curriculum. The following cash prizes are available for schools to put towards future STEM […]

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Signpost 2 Skills bus raises awareness of apprenticeships

From 10th to 17th March, a ‘Signpost 2 Skills’ bus toured the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough 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 provide information to help visitors learn about how […]

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Careers Show 2016

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 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 2017, from 9:30am to 3:30pm, the event already has nearly 3,000 students booked to attend. The […]

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Hop onboard the Signpost 2 Skills bus

From 10th to 17th March, a new bus route is coming into action across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP area to raise awareness of apprenticeships. Stopping at a range of locations across the LEP area, including Fenland, West Norfolk and Peterborough, the bus will be welcoming a wide range of visitors on board to […]

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Working and Studying

LMI Fact of the Month – Top Occupations in 2016

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Joseph Valente opens the show

Former Apprentice Winner Joseph Valente Set to Open Brand New Peterborough Business Event

The Peterborough Biscuit on Wednesday 8th February at Peterborough Arena is new event for local businesses to showcase their products and services in front of a large and diverse audience. This inaugural event will be opened by former Apprentice winner, Joseph Valente, and Peterborough Mayor David Sanders. Businesses of all sizes and from all industries […]

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Careers Show set to be bigger and better than ever

Careers Show set to be even bigger and better in 2017

The region’s largest skills and careers event just got bigger! Following the success of last year’s Careers Show, The Skills Service and WorldSkills UK have secured funding towards the 2017 event from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Signpost2Skills’ project and The Careers & Enterprise Company. This collaboration allows us to extend the Careers […]

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Working and Studying

LMI Fact of the Month – Cybersecurity Jobs

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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STEM CPD Event

STEM teachers helped to bring the curriculum to life

Twenty five STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) teachers from across the Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough area attended a CPD event in Peterborough last week to learn how to effectively involve employers in delivering the school curriculum. The event was created by The Skills Service to address identified skills gaps in STEM industries by helping […]

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Carry on Learning

Opportunity Peterborough secures £47k for mentoring programme

Economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough has secured £47k worth of investment from The Careers & Enterprise Company, which will enable its Skills Service team to offer further support to young people in Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough. The investment, boosted by additional funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership and Peterborough City Council, will help The Skills […]

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Working and Studying

LMI Fact of the Month – Clerical and Administrative jobs

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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University Uncovered Events

University Uncovered – Information Fairs for students and parents

Thinking of going to university but not sure what to expect? Or are you a parent or carer of someone who wants to go to university but you’re not sure how it will impact on you? If this is you, come along to one of our free information fairs to help you make the right […]

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Working and Studying

LMI Fact of the Month – Finance Industry

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Working and Studying

LMI Fact of the Month – Jobs in Business

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Joseph Valente opens the show

Re-live the East of England Careers Show 2016

Were you at the East of England Careers Show 2016? Watch our video of the event to re-live the experience! If you weren’t there, have a look to see what you can expect at next year’s event on Friday 23rd June 2017:

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Apprenticeships

LMI Fact of the Month – Careers in STEM

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Our Skills Vision

Survey reveals ongoing concerns over skills gaps

Results of this year’s CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey show that companies are still anticipating a growing skills gap, with skills shortages holding back businesses across all regions and many sectors. This includes manufacturing, construction and professional services. There is a growing demand for higher skills with 77% of businesses expecting to have more jobs […]

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Working and Studying

LMI Fact of the Month – IT skills in demand

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Careers Show 2016

Thousands inspired at region’s biggest careers event

The Peterborough Arena was buzzing on Friday as thousands of young people from across the region found inspiration for their future careers. Organised by The Skills Service, the Careers Show is the East of England’s biggest skills and careers event, attracting nearly 3,500 visitors and over 200 exhibitors. The annual ‘Mission Possible’ Careers Show aims […]

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Mission Possible Careers Fair 2016

Open your eyes to opportunities at the East of England Careers Show

If you’re aged 14-24 and seeking inspiration for your future career, don’t miss the East of England Careers Show on Friday 15th July, the region’s largest skills and careers event. Taking place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough from 9:30am to 3:00pm, the event is free to attend and promises to showcase a […]

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Dersingham Works – Business Breakfast and Employer Marketplace

Dersingham Parish Council and the Dersingham Village Centre Association are working with The Skills Service in hosting the first ‘Dersingham Works’ event at St Nicholas Church Hall in Manor Road on Tuesday 21st June. Improved access to services is a key objective in the plans to replace the Church Hall with a new Village Centre. […]

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Global Best Award

Youngsters inspired by multi-award winning brokerage service

A pioneering Peterborough-based skills brokerage service has been awarded a Gold Global Best Award for the Europe region for a second consecutive time. This year The Skills Service has been recognised for work carried out to inspire young people to choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and to pursue careers in STEM fields. […]

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Mission Possible Week

Global award winners once again!

Global award winners once again! We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Global Best Award 2016 in the category of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for the Europe region! Our Mission Possible Week campaign from 2015 was recognised by a panel of international judges as demonstrating ‘outstanding and effective business, […]

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Working and Studying

LMI fact of the month – Top Industry Sectors

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Mission Possible Careers Fair 2016

Last call for businesses to inspire the future generation

Businesses are invited to showcase their organisation to the future workforce by securing a free stand at the East of England Careers Show on Friday 15th July. This annual skills and careers event organised by The Skills Service is now in its fourth year and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Last […]

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Careers Inspiration

Thousands of young people inspired by pilot skills project

Almost 20,000 young people from Peterborough and the surrounding areas gained inspiration for their future careers, as well as essential skills required for the world of work, by taking part in an activity organised by The Skills Service over the last year. The Skills Service is a brokerage service, delivered by Opportunity Peterborough and funded […]

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Future Voices

Future Voices – opportunity with EDP newspaper

The search has begun for the next set of young journalists and photographers for Future Voices.  Future Voices is a section of the EDP newspaper written by young people. They write about a variety of matters that are important in their lives. You can see the kinds of things they’ve written about here: www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/future-voices. EDP is looking […]

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Working and Studying

LMI fact of the month – top employers

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Matrix Standard

Matrix accreditation awarded to The Skills Service

The Skills Service has been awarded matrix accreditation for delivering impartial information, advice and guidance, which ultimately supports young people in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. The matrix standard is a unique quality framework that looks at the following four elements: Leadership and Management, Resource, Service Delivery and Continuous Quality Improvement. During […]

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STEM Challenge

Schools are invited to take part in a STEM Challenge

As part of our plans for the East of England Careers Show 2016, we’re working in partnership with Cambridge Science Centre to help people understand science in a fun way. We’re setting schools a STEM Challenge to see who can inspire the next Newton or Einstein! [Download the Flyer] The Challenge: To design an exciting, interactive, […]

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Working and Studying

LMI Fact of the month – graduate job vacancies

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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Apprenticeships and the new levy

As part of the Autumn statement, the Chancellor announced a number of apprenticeship reforms that are aimed at ensuring the sustainability of quality apprenticeships. The precise detail is still in consultation, but we do know that there will be a new apprenticeship levy of 0.5% on company payrolls to raise £3bn a year to help […]

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CIM Marketing Excellence Awards

Countdown to CIM Marketing Excellence Awards

With only one week to go until the much anticipated CIM Marketing Excellence Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, we’re getting excited! Our Mission Possible Week campaign was one of eight campaigns to be shortlisted in the ‘Innovation – Not-For-Profit’ category. The CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing) Marketing Excellence Awards are an […]

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Back 2 The Floor

Skills Lead goes ‘Back to the Floor’ for National Apprenticeship Week

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Skills Lead for The Skills Service, Sue Addison, went ‘Back 2 the Floor’ on Monday at Sawtry-based manufacturer, Codem Composites. The Skills Service is a brokerage service delivered by Opportunity Peterborough and funded by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to drive economic growth by facilitating effective […]

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Working and Studying

LMI fact of the month – skills in greatest demand

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. This month, […]

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3aaa Business Breakfast

3aaa Business Breakfast – 18th March

3aaa Peterborough is hosting a Business Breakfast on Friday 18th March, as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016. This is an opportunity to gain more insight into how Apprenticeships work and how hiring an Apprentice can transform your business. There will be guest speakers, including our very own Becky Nash, plus a digital marketing course insight. […]

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Enterprise challenges

Get involved with enterprise challenges

We offer schools a number of enterprise challenges, all of which are designed to encourage entrepreneurship and develop key employability skills such as team working, leadership, negotiation and problem solving. We deliver these activities in conjunction with representatives from local businesses in order to provide students with valuable real-life contact with local employers. Read more […]

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Working and Studying

LMI fact of the month – top occupations

One of the objectives of The Skills Service is to improve the economic awareness of young people and increase their knowledge of the local labour market. We have access to a data tool which searches advertised job vacancies in real-time, providing crucial insights into the jobs and skills that are most in demand. Each month, […]

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