2018/2019 academic year

Now that the schools have finished for the summer we can reflect on some of the achievements for the academic year 18/19 in Peterborough, Fenland, East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire.

The highlights include:-

Commitment from 250 businesses across the year supporting activity in our local schools.

Support and volunteers from 250 businesses engaged with students across a variety of different school events. Businesses included local independents to national and international brands, all giving valuable time to the students.

Sarah Worsley, Senior HR Officer for Baker Perkins said:

“The Skills Service has been helpful in connecting our business with local schools to assist with raising awareness of our apprenticeship opportunities. The school events, which are supported by the Skills Service, are well organised and we have enjoyed engaging with students. The list of events means that we can target schools and events which are most appropriate to our business”


Range of diverse business sector support including, all the key local sectors with a focus on STEM.

We supported a dedicated STEM day at Hampton Gardens school. The day consisted of a careers exhibition and hands on STEM activities. Exhibitors from the world of construction, engineering, science, design, manufacturing and agritech showcased the industry opportunities and career paths. The hands on sessions enabled the students to get a taster of some of the possible areas of work in STEM, such as crime scene investigation, building working machines, virtual reality and also careers in the emergency services.

Jordan Heald STEM Careers Coordinator for Hampton Gardens said:

“The Year 8 STEM Careers Day was a great success! Students from both Hampton College and Hampton Gardens engaged brilliantly with local employers and there was a real buzz in the air. Practical lessons in Forensics, Exercise Physiology, Cosmetic Science and RAF Engineering were enthusiastically received and the seeing the potential of augmented reality for learning was an incredible experience. This was a fantastic day and one we will look to replicate in future.”

STEM activity during the Hampton Gardens career fair


10 Careers fairs delivered.

Every year we support and run a variety of careers fairs with exhibitors across a multitude of industries and sectors. One of the careers fairs we support annually is the Ely Cathedral fair which six local schools attend with their year 11 students. This academic year the careers fair was supported by 76 exhibitors and attended by over 1500 students.

Ely Cathedral Careers Fair


Consistent support of our valuable 1250 volunteers.

This year we have had continued support from over 1200 business and FE volunteers. 29% of our supporters have volunteered at more than one event this academic year.

Mock Interviews at Ernulf Academy


Delivery of a total of 116,945 hours of student careers based education.

The sessions we have delivered this year have seen the students attending receive a total of 116945 hours of careers advice, engagement and education. Many of our events involve whole school years and for some the whole school. A recent careers attitude survey at Thomas Clarkson Academy was delivered to all the school year groups with over 900 students getting involved.

Travelex worked with students on a Maths based challenge looking at currencies and the travel industry


Increase in business volunteers across the year of 10%.

Throughout this year we have been able to recruit a further 10% of volunteers from businesses who will be supporting events and helping to guide students on their career paths. New businesses include AstraZeneca Ltd, The London Institute of Banking and Finance, Pico Technology Ltd and many more from all sectors.

Aspirations day with a multitude of volunteers from all sectors.


Working with 57 schools including Primary, Special Educational Needs and Secondary.

Our brokerage service has traditionally been developed for Secondary schools, this academic year we took the step to start engagement with primary schools with our enterprise challenge sessions. These primary sessions have been a complete success and the start for many students interactions with business during their academic journey.

Middleton Primary school said:-

“.. thank you and your staff for providing such a wonderful morning of activities today. If I’m perfectly honest, I was a little unsure of how well the session would suit Year 5 children but I’m so pleased to say that I was completely wrong! The content, theory and, most of all, the enthusiasm displayed by your staff were outstanding. It was such a fantastic way to show the power of teams at a point when we are reinforcing this message in preparation for Year Six. I will be asking to repeat the sessions at the same time next year as it was such a positive experience for the children and staff”


27,000 students experienced careers session intervention brokered by The Skills Service.

Our services gave thousands of students across Peterborough, Fenland, East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire the opportunity to meet employers and learn more about business, careers and future options. A first for us this year was to invite schools to the Plantworx 2019 event which showcases the construction and engineering sectors. Students were able to get hands on with training simulators and get an insight into this particular sector.


Feedback from some of the schools we work with:

“They were instrumental in helping us to develop a plan to work towards the Gatsby Benchmarks”

“I’m glad the Skills Service are there to break the information down to help make it more understandable and manageable”

Plantworx 2019. Ken Stimpson Students getting to grips with the construction industry.

168 events delivered.

From mock interviews and enterprise challenges to careers fairs and attitude surveys, we delivered a vast range of school sessions both in the classroom and outside of it.

Saffery Champness engaging with students at Arthur Mellows Village College


Work Experience

Our Work Experience team supported many of the Peterborough schools in the delivery of their work placement programmes, with students taking up placements across the local area and also further afield.

This academic year in numbers for work experience:-

– 15 schools/educational establishments in Peterborough who undertook work experience.

– 1500 students who undertook work experience.

– 540 businesses engaged in delivery of work experience.

– Growth of 35% of businesses engaging in work experience since last year.

Year 10 student on work experience at Bradshaw Electric Vehicles



We are now planning and getting ready for the new school year starting in September, and with many events and sessions already booked in with schools, it looks as if it will be as equally, if not more, busy.