The largest careers fair in the region is coming to Peterborough…
Young people aged 14-24 are encouraged to be part of the East of England’s largest skills and careers event. Taking place on Thursday July 9 from 9.30am to 3pm at The Peterborough School on Thorpe Road, the Careers Festival will use the sports hall and large festival marquees, creating a fun and engaging atmosphere.
The Careers Festival is part of Mission Possible Week, a week of activities being organised by The Skills Service to raise the aspirations of young people and showcase the wide range of career opportunities on offer, both locally and beyond. The Skills Service is a global award-winning team within Opportunity Peterborough, which acts as a brokerage between businesses and schools to address skills gaps and prepare young people for the world of work.
Amber Gell, a Rocket Scientist working for NASA, is flying over from Houston to support the week of activities, thanks to sponsorship from City College Peterborough, Cross Keys Homes, National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO), National Careers Service, Peterborough City Council, British Sugar and BAE Systems. Amber will be meeting groups of students at the Careers Festival in a mobile planetarium.
Sue Addison, Skills Lead for The Skills Service, said: “I was fortunate to meet Amber at an awards ceremony in Brussels and was inspired by her passion and achievements. I am delighted that she has offered to support our Mission Possible Week and would like to thank our sponsors for enabling us to host a week of amazing events. I really think it will be out of this world!”
The Careers Festival is an annual event, which has previously taken place on Peterborough Embankment. Now in its third year, the Festival gets bigger and better each year with over 150 exhibition stands and 2,500 visitors expected this year. Exhibitors include both large and small employers from a diverse range of sectors, in addition to colleges, universities and other training providers with information on courses and apprenticeships.
More than just the average jobs fair, there will be ‘have a go’ activities to engage young people, offering the chance to try out skills and get a feel for what it would be like to work in different industries. Activities range from an Apache helicopter simulator to K’NEX building challenges to a selfie photo competition. A CV bootcamp will be running throughout the day for guidance on CV writing from HR and recruitment professionals, plus a seminar programme covers subjects such as careers in the creative industry, apprenticeships and preparing for university life.
With live music and performance groups on the outdoor stage throughout the day and a variety of on-site food concessions, the Careers Festival promises to be a great day out.
Schools from Peterborough, Rutland, Fenland, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, West Norfolk and the surrounding areas have been invited and many schools have booked to bring groups of students along. For students who have completed their exams or young people no longer in education, the Careers Festival is free to attend and there’s no need to book.