Thousands of young people from West Norfolk and beyond have been inspired by a pilot skills project helping them on their journey to a career.
Around 20,000 young people from West Norfolk and the surrounding areas gained inspiration and essential skills for work by taking part in an activity organised by The Skills Service over the last year.
The Skills Service is a brokerage service, delivered by Opportunity Peterborough and funded by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership.
It helps effective partnership working between schools, training providers and businesses in order to develop the knowledge, aspirations and employability skills of young people.
Established as a key part of the LEP’s Skills Strategy, the project covers the northern side of the LEP area, including Fenland and West Norfolk.
In the 2015-16 period, nearly 6,500 valuable business hours were donated by employers who support the service, representing 363 unique businesses across all industry sectors. In total 168 events were delivered, ranging from mock interviews and careers fairs to enterprise games and employability workshops.
Sue Addison, Skills Lead for The Skills Service, said: “Our success is down to the amazing support we have received from employers in all areas and the relationships we have built with them, in addition to strong links with the local authorities, universities, colleges and training providers.
“Working together, we believe that we can really start addressing skills gaps and help organisations find the skills that they need in the local area.”
Neil Darwin, chief executive of the LEP, said: “Linking business to education is an important part of the skills work we undertake at the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP. By providing that insight into the type of careers available locally, and the routes through to those careers, means that we will have a better engaged and educated workforce in the future.”
The Skills Service also organises a huge annual careers show for young people aged 14-24 across the region. The East of England Careers Show aims to give visitors the chance to try out different skills through interactive activities provided by over 100 exhibitors. This year the show is on Friday, July 15, at the East of England Showground. For more information, or to book an exhibition stand, visit www.careersshow.co.uk The deadline for stand bookings is Friday, June 17. Visit www.theskillsservice.co.uk