To power economic growth, education in Peterborough is built around business

To power economic growth, education in Peterborough is built around business

The city’s business base ranges from 3D printing specialists and robotics manufacturers, to professional services and creative industries. With such a broad and diverse economy, investors find it easy to recruit the right staff from in and around Peterborough, and the city is well-equipped to help employers develop their workforce.

Never content to stand still, Peterborough employers invest in their staff and are highly integrated with education providers to shape curriculum, develop their talent pipeline, and engage with the future workforce to raise students’ aspirations.

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languages spoken in Peterborough


graduates within 2 hours’ drive


Job density in Peterborough compared to 0.87 GB average


Working age population across Greater Peterborough (61% of overall population)


private knowledge intensive business services jobs

Over £10 million of additional funding is being pumped into Peterborough’s current education providers, improving provision for the future workforce.

Businesses can also get specialist training from the £10 million University Centre Peterborough which offers over 35 graduate courses, and the £12 million state-of-the-art Greater Peterborough University Technical College, a purpose built STEM and built environment specialist vocational school for students aged 13 to 19.

City College Peterborough and Peterborough Regional College also offer a comprehensive range of adult education courses, improving the resilience of businesses by providing appropriately trained and qualified staff now and into the future.

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University of Peterborough

£20 million has already been invested in ARU Peterborough, a new university which is due to open in 2022. The curriculum will be wholly grounded in business needs and courses will be delivered through a mix of on-campus lessons, in-work training and apprenticeships, and distance learning. The first three faculties are set to include business, innovation entrepreneurship and professional services; information technology, digital and creative services; and agri-tech and environmental services.

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The Skills Service - Bringing together business and education

Opportunity Peterborough is leading the city’s skills agenda through The Skills Service. The brokerage brings together educators and businesses to map existing and future industry requirements, and address skills gaps through the curriculum and employer involvement in careers education.

With the world of work changing quickly, it’s more important than ever that businesses play a prominent role in enhancing careers education. Studies show that students who interact with employers are four times more likely to avoid becoming NEET (Not in Education, Emploment or Training).

Employers that are involved with schools’ careers programmes can improve their own talent pipeline while also helping students better understand what career opportunities there are in the local economy. By developing their employability and awareness of workplace expectations, they’re able to get their careers off to the best possible start, whether they go through an apprenticeship or attend university.

The Skills Service runs engaging activities like work experience, careers fairs, mock interviews, and CV workshops, where employers can provide advice, guidance and even mentoring to students. The latest development has been the Inspire Series which gives students enterprise challenges and competitions across a range of sectors, where working with business mentors they can try and address real-life business challenges.

Skills Service achievements 2019-2020


Businesses engaged in careers activities with schools and young people


Students who received enhanced careers education


Hours volunteered by local businesses for careers events

Youth Employment

The team is also focusing on improving youth employment in the city, as the under-30s jobs market has been hardest hit by coronavirus. Working with Youth Employment UK and stakeholders across the public and private sector, The Skills Service aims to make Peterborough the first Youth Employer Friendly City in the UK. The working group is centralising comprehensive support for young people seeking employment, those starting new careers, and ensuring young people from underprivileged backgrounds receive the right support to maintain employment.

Read more about Peterborough’s Youth Friendly Employment ambitions here.

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To find out more about what Peterborough has to offer, talk to Opportunity Peterborough