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.

The Global Best Awards are awarded by the International education business Partnership Network (IPN), in conjunction with The Conference Board of Canada, to celebrate outstanding and effective partnerships between educational institutions, private businesses and other stakeholders that enhance youth employability through collaboration. The award is for the Mission Possible Week campaign, a week of STEM focused activities delivered by The Skills Service last July, which aimed to raise aspirations and showcase the wide range of career opportunities on offer.

The Skills Service is a brokerage service, delivered by Opportunity Peterborough and funded by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which brings together businesses, schools and training providers to help inspire young people about their future careers and develop key employability skills in line with local business needs. 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.

Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough, said: “It is an incredible achievement to win this award for the second time and gain recognition for our skills work on a global scale. Businesses in Peterborough really value the opportunity to be part of careers events like Mission Possible Week as they provide the perfect chance to showcase their organisations to their potential future talent pool.”

Sue Addison, Skills Lead for Opportunity Peterborough, will be presented with the award at the IPN 2016 Conference in Norway in September. She said: “Mission Possible Week was an enormous success and we were delighted to have Amber Gell, a Rocket Scientist working for NASA, with us to support the events. Students couldn’t fail to be inspired by her talks about making a career in science, a theme that was reinforced by a marquee dedicated to STEM organisations at the Careers Festival.”

This year’s East of England Careers Show is rapidly approaching and promises to be the biggest yet. Over 2,500 students from across the region are already booked to attend the Careers Show, which takes place on Friday 15th July at the East of England Showground. Visitors will be able to seek inspiration for their futures from nearly 200 exhibitors, many with hands on skills activities and demonstrations, plus a seminar programme and CV bootcamp will run throughout the day.

For more information about The Skills Service or the Careers Show, visit

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