Businesses backing Peterborough Skills Summit


Peterborough Skills VisionWith the upcoming launch of the Peterborough Skills Vision on Tuesday 30th November, it’s important to understand why local businesses are backing the initiative and why the Skills Summit on 30th November is not to be missed.

Peterborough’s economy has a number of skills gaps and we’re aware that local businesses often struggle to find the right people to fill their vacancies. However, the Summit will give businesses the opportunity to voice their needs and help shape our future workforce, as well as the city’s skills agenda.  This will also play a part in helping training providers supply courses to meet business requirements.

One of the local businesses who will be showing their support for the Skills Vision at the Summit is Barnack UK. Made up of three companies; confectionery import and distribution; storage and logistics and construction, Barnack has held Investors in People status for 12 years, demonstrating their commitment to developing the local workforce through providing work placements for NEETs (young people currently not in employment, education or training) and internships for adolescents through the Careers Academy, a training and mentoring partnership between businesses and skills providers.

Managing director, Rob Facer said: ‘Upskilling your workforce is really important, not just for your business, but for the development of your employees. I think it’s essential we form a strong link between businesses and educational establishments to produce the skills that local businesses need to grow. The Skills Vision and Summit will be pivotal in achieving this.’ 

The Peterborough Skills Summit will take place on Tuesday 30th November at the Marriot Hotel, Lynch Wood with the seminar running from 9am-12.30pm and the Big Conversation from 1.30-4.30pm. Places must be booked in advance by emailing your details to  If you have any queries please contact Helen Bosett or Kelly Hewitt at the Chamber of Commerce on Tel: 01733 370809.