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City Deal supports major skills event

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017

Over 40 leading businesses from across Cambridgeshire have come together to talk to young people about skills and employment opportunities.

The Opportunities Ahead careers fair provided students from local schools with employment master classes as well as the chance to meet key employers from the region.

The event was the second multi-school careers fair delivered in Cambridge as part of the Signpost 2 Skills initiative, designed to guide students from education into working life by bringing employers into schools and students into businesses.

The service is funded by Greater Cambridge City Deal and Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and delivered by Cambridge-based social enterprise Form The Future.

At the event, held at the city’s Guildhall on Thursday 23 February, presentations were given from industry experts on areas such as personal branding, surviving exams and maximising your CV through volunteering. 

Representatives from businesses including the A14, Babraham Institute, Mundipharma, Grant Thornton and Cambridge United gave information on their industries and the employment and apprenticeship opportunities available in their organisations. ARM and LGC provided sponsorship with additional support from Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Live.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the City Deal Executive Board said: “There’s always a real buzz around these events which bring hundreds of our young people together with local business and, potentially, their employers of the future.

“The Executive Board recently agreed additional funding for Signpost 2 Skills and great to see this work in action.”

Anne Bailey of Form The Future said, “The event was one of over 100 events we have held in recent months to inspire and educate young people around the wealth of opportunities available in the Cambridgeshire area.

“Signpost 2 Skills is all about making sure that we equip our young people with the knowledge they need to make the right choices which will open doors to a huge range of employment and training opportunities.

“For employers, we want to give them the opportunity to meet with students to hear about their aspirations and to attract young people into their sectors. The feedback we have received from both students and employers has been extremely positive and we look forward to working further with them to support the growth in industry and employment across the region.”

A range of careers events, training opportunities and apprenticeship scheme developments are planned for 2017. Any business owner looking to get involved should contact Anne Bailey at Form The Future on 01223 781296 or email