Greater Cambridge Partnership
The Greater Cambridge Partnership aims to raise aspirations of young people across the region and help them develop the skills they need for a successful working life in a modern economy.
We deliver the skills service for the Partnership, linking schools and businesses to build students’ careers awareness and employability skills, and to promote apprenticeships as a potential pathway into a range of careers.
The five partners of the Greater Cambridge Partnership are Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, University of Cambridge and Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Careers and Enterprise Company
We have received funding from The Careers & Enterprise Company, a nationwide scheme set up to ensure young people are given multiple encounters with the fast-changing world of work.
This has allowed us to expand our events programme, provide additional support to students looking for work experience and support more schools in neighbouring areas.
In order to secure the funding, we were required to raise match funding – and many local people and companies were very generous with their support. These included: A14, ARM, AstraZeneca, Cambridge BID, Cambridge University Press, Cofinitive, CRFS Ltd, Eastern Academic Health Science Network, Marshall Aerospace, Mott MacDonald, Mundipharma and RK Print.
We are very appreciative of everyone that donated, as well as those who helped us spread the word. Without our supporters, we would not be able to do everything we do.
We manage Cambridge LaunchPad, a programme aimed at inspiring and encouraging young people to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and move into STEM careers, particularly girls and young women.
Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd initiated the programme in 2015 as an internal STEM outreach activity, and it has since grown into a Cambridge-wide initiative. Several local businesses have joined forces to become Founding Partners, with many more as Partners and Associates.
The Founding Partners are Arm, Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd, Schlumberger and TTP Group.
Visit our Cambridge LaunchPad page for more information about the activities we run for students aged 8–18 years old.
NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund
The NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund aims to help people in disadvantaged communities to develop financial capability and management skills or to start a new business.
We are thrilled to have been selected by the regional board for Midlands and East to receive a grant, following a public vote where we were competing with 20 other not-for-profit organisations in the region. Thank you to all our supporters for voting for us and spreading the word across your networks.
Our grant will enable us to help over 400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills, by creating their own businesses. Each team will be given £100 to start their business and will be mentored by a successful and inspiring entrepreneur from the local community.
Forward Gamlingay! is an initiative that aims to expand and develop sport, youth, education and leisure facilities for the local community.
We were brought on board to help raise aspirations, build confidence and motivation and to provide practical experience and skills, so that the community’s young people can make a good start on their journey to employment.
We have also been awarded grants totalling £14,110 to run our Mentoring Programme, including £9210 from the Big Lottery Fund, £2000 from the Dulverton Trust Fund, £2000 from the Microsoft Research Limited Community Fund and £900 from the Marshall Community First Fund. These contributions allow us to support over 100 young people at risk of under-achieving by pairing them with inspiring mentors from the Cambridge business community.
We are proud to work with these incredible organisations and programmes. Their generous grants and donations allow us to keep working with young people across Cambridgeshire, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in their future careers.
We would love to hear from organisations or businesses who are interested in providing financial support, either to enhance our services in the Greater Cambridge region or to help us move into the surrounding areas. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss how you can contribute.