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.
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 2015 event had a STEM theme and was supported by a female rocket scientist from Lockheed Martin and NASA, who delivered inspirational career talks to both teachers and young people.