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Mission Possible Week

Claire Smith from the Skills Service in Peterborough has emailed cegnet with details of two free careers and skills events happening in July which are open to teachers/schools from any area, particularly the East of England.

The events are both part of Peterborough's Mission Possible Week, which is a week of activities designed to raise the aspirations of young people and showcase the career opportunities on offer, both locally and beyond.

The first event, ‘STEM for Teachers’, is a CPD event for careers advisers and teachers of STEM subjects and this is taking place on Monday 6th July from 9:00am to 3:45pm at the brand new Future Business Centre in Peterborough. ‘STEM for Teachers’ aims to demonstrate just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are for young people and the skills and experience needed. The event will be opened by Amber Gell, a Rocket Scientist working for NASA and Winner of the 2013 Women in Space Award. This will be followed by a series of interactive Café Conversations led by key local organisations who recruit young people with STEM subject qualifications. The IPN and National Space Centre will also be presenting about how to bring space exploration into STEM classrooms.

Then on Thursday 9th July the Skills Service are holding their annual Careers Festival on Peterborough Embankment from 9:30am to 3:00pm with over 130 exhibitors and 2,500 visitors in 2014. Exhibitors will 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. The Careers Festival uses the infrastructure and large marquees of The Willow Festival (music festival) and the size of the venue allows exhibitors to bring along interactive activities, encouraging visitors to try out different skills and get a feel for what it would be like to work in their industry. There will be live music and dance acts on the outdoor stage throughout the day and a variety of on-site food concessions.

Schools from Peterborough, Rutland, Fenland, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, West Norfolk and the surrounding areas have been invited and many schools have already 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.

More information, including booking forms, can be found at

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