The Skills Service aims to link youth and business in Rutland

The launch of The Skills Service in Rutland. From left, Neil Darwin of the Local Enterprise Partnership, John Mayo of 49 East Brigade, Rebecca Jackson of The Skills Service, Steve Bowyer of Opportunity Peterborough and Claire Smith of The Skills Service. Photo: MSMP110914-001aw EMN-140916-143314001
The launch of The Skills Service in Rutland. From left, Neil Darwin of the Local Enterprise Partnership, John Mayo of 49 East Brigade, Rebecca Jackson of The Skills Service, Steve Bowyer of Opportunity Peterborough and Claire Smith of The Skills Service. Photo: MSMP110914-001aw EMN-140916-143314001
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A new service has been set up to bring businesses, schools and young people together.

The Skills Service launched in Rutland at a local strategic partnership meeting on Thursday last week.

The service is funded by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and aims to provide a brokerage service between businesses, education and training providers.

As well as Rutland it covers Peterborough, Fenland, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Partnership chairman said: “One of our key areas of focus at the partnership is the delivery of skills that meet the needs of our business community.

“By funding The Skills Service we are delivering on our commitment to strengthen the links between businesses, education, and training providers, by putting skills delivery at the heart of our work.”

A new team has been set up within urban regeneration company Opportunity Peterborough to co-ordinate activities between businesses and organisations that work with young people in order to raise their aspirations and increase their awareness of local career opportunities.

The team will also work with businesses to help link them to training for their staff, provide workshops on the benefits of a highly skilled team to profits and promote apprenticeships.

Project manager for The Skills Service Sue Addison said: “We’re really excited about the opportunities the new funding will bring and look forward to helping businesses to grow with a more highly skilled workforce.”

More information on The Skills Service can be seen on the new website www.theskillsservice.co.uk.