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Making a Difference as a Skills Champion

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Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity in your local community, perhaps one that will help you to develop your own skills and confidence at the same time? If so, and you live in the Peterborough, Rutland, Fenland, King’s Lynn or West Norfolk areas, then becoming a Skills Service Champion might just be the answer.

The Skills Service was set up to co-ordinate activities between businesses and education and training providers with aims that include improving the aspirations of young people and their employability skills. To deliver this important work, the Skills Service needs volunteers who are interested in working with young people and willing to become Skills Service Champions.

Training is provided by the Skills Service FREE of charge, including how to successfully engage with young people and the communication and presentation skills required for the role. After training, you will be asked to support young people, usually between the ages of 15 and 19, with a variety of work related learning events and activities (a minimum of three sessions in an academic year), including raising awareness of different career opportunities and skills required, CV workshops, mock interview sessions and Careers Fairs.


You will always be accompanied by Skills Service staff and other Champions at events and activities and you will always be given plenty of notice to enable you to choose your own activities.

The benefits of this role are clear: For young people and teachers, you will bring a valuable insight into real working life and modern practices. For you, in addition to gaining new skills and confidence, there is the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and make a real difference to the lives of young people where you live.

If you are interested in this role, please  email Ian Barton



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