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 by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which facilitates effective partnership working between schools, training providers and businesses in order to develop the knowledge, aspirations and employability skills of young people. Established as a key part of the LEP’s Skills Strategy, the project covers the northern side of the LEP area – Peterborough, Fenland, Rutland, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
In the 2015-16 period, nearly 6,500 valuable business hours were donated by employers who support the service, representing 363 unique businesses across all industry sectors. 168 events were delivered in total, ranging from mock interviews and careers fairs to enterprise games and employability workshops.
Sue Addison, Skills Lead for The Skills Service, said: “Our success is down to the amazing support we have received from employers in all areas and the relationships we have built with them, in addition to strong links with the local authorities, universities, colleges and training providers. Working together, we believe that we can really start addressing skills gaps and help organisations find the skills that they need in the local area.”
Neil Darwin, Chief Executive of the LEP, said: “Linking business to education is an important part of the skills work we undertake at the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP. By providing that insight, at an early age, into the type of careers available locally, and the routes through to those careers, means that we will have a better engaged and educated workforce to meet the needs of local businesses in the future.”
There are many ways that employers can get involved with The Skills Service, from volunteering a small amount of time to support a future activity to joining the ‘Skills Champion’ scheme, which includes a free training workshop about the current educational system and tips for successfully engaging with young people. Find out more at www.theskillsservice.co.uk.
The Skills Service also organises a huge annual Careers Show for young people aged 14-24 across the whole of the region. The East of England Careers Show aims to showcase the wide range of career opportunities on offer, giving visitors the chance to try out different skills through interactive ‘Have a Go’ activities provided by over 100 exhibitors. This year the Careers Show takes place on Friday 15th July at the East of England Showground. For more information, or to book an exhibition stand, visit www.careersshow.co.uk.