University Centre Peterborough Graduation Ceremony

Skills

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.

As Peterborough awaits the opening of the University of Peterborough, set for 2022, University Centre Peterborough and the Greater Peterborough 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 the city’s 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 and The Skills Service to share information on existing and future requirements. This can be through direct conversations or mediums such as the Greater Peterborough Business Survey.
  • Being supportive of Peterborough’s young people and their transition from education into work by getting involved with careers and enterprise activities organised by The Skills Service.

The Skills Service

The Skills Service provides a free, impartial brokerage service between businesses, schools and education providers to enhance careers education to young people across the region.

The team aims to match the requirements of businesses with the aspirations of young people through work-related careers and enterprise activities. These include: Meet the Professional events, careers fairs, work experience placements, enterprise challenges, CV workshops, mock interviews and workplace visits.

The key aims are to:

  • Improve the aspirations and economic awareness of young people
  • Increase young people’s knowledge of the local labour market, the opportunities available and what skills businesses are looking for
  • Help businesses bridge the skills gap with talented young people from the local area
  • Developing young people’s employability skills in line with local business needs
  • Connect businesses with skills experts locally to help with staff training and development to drive business growth

In the 2017 – 2018 academic year The Skills Service delivered 200 career events (around 128,000 hours) across Peterborough, Rutland, Fenland, South Kesteven, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Huntingdon and South Holland. This was all made possible by volunteers from around 500 different local businesses who volunteerd almost 6,500 hours to supporting careers events for young people.

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 2016 the Peterborough Skills Service won a Global Best Award for addressing Youth Employability Skills.

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