University Centre Peterborough Graduation Ceremony


We’re knocking down the barriers faced by employers. We’ve worked hard to upskill our workforce and have invested heavily in developing the education and skills platforms needed to produce an exceptional and relevant local talent pool.

Our University sites and soon-to-open University Technical College are helping to improve the resilience of businesses by providing appropriately trained and qualified staff now and into the future.

Opportunity Peterborough continues to lead our skills initiative and invites local businesses to support our vision by:

  • Raising their employees’ skills and competencies to improve business performance.
  • Engaging with Opportunity Peterborough through a skills survey to share information on existing and future requirements.
  • Being supportive of Peterborough’s young people and their transition from education into work.

Peterborough Skills Service

The Skills Service provides a free, impartial brokerage service, matching the requirements of businesses with the aspirations of learners and facilitating the delivery of work-related learning activities. These include: Meet the Professional events, careers fairs, enterprise challenges, CV workshops, mock interviews and workplace visits. The key aims are to:

  • Improve the aspirations and economic awareness of young people, increasing their knowledge of the local labour market, the opportunities available and the skills businesses are looking for.
  • Co-ordinate events with schools and colleges to provide inspiration and careers information; developing young people’s employability skills in line with the business needs identified locally.
  • Connect businesses with skills experts locally to help with staff training and development in order to drive business growth.


It is now widely acknowledged that encounters with employers and workplaces helps to inspire young people and highlight the relevance of their studies, and in 2014 the Peterborough Skills Service won a Global Best Award for addressing Youth Employability Skills.

Each year, the service hosts a huge skills and careers event open to young people from across the East of England area. This combines business and further education exhibition stands with ‘Have a Go’ activities aimed at engaging visitors and giving them the chance to try out new skills. The event also features a programme of careers related seminars and a CV workshop.

The 2016 the ‘Mission Possible’ event attracted over 3,500 visitors with 200 exhibitors and won the Skills Service a second Gold Global Best Award for the Europe Region at the Global Best Awards run by the International education business Partnership Network (IPN) in partnership with The Conference Board of Canada. Highlights from the event included a Pit Stop challenge, vertical wind tunnel, pancake making, seminars on vital employability skills and preparing for university life, plus music and dance demonstrations.

To find out more about local skills development, please contact us.