Recruit, inspire and develop your workforce

Promoting your business, inspiring young people, investing in skills and training; support provided by the Skills Team at Suffolk County Council.

dev suff talent header Developing Suffolk Talent e-bulletin

This three-weekly e-bulletin is designed to give employers timely updates on the work of the Skills Team and key developments across the region and nationally.  If you would like to give us feedback on what you would find useful or if you would like further information on any of the projects or issues raised please feel free to contact the relevant member of the team or email

Current issue:  Skills Bulletin Issue No 31 - 21 July 2017

Previous issues:

Who's Who in the Skills Team (PDF): an introduction to the team members.


Inspiring young people and promoting your business

Organisations and services helping businesses support young people they employ.

EAN logoThe Enterprise Adviser Network

Join our network of volunteer Enterprise Advisers across Suffolk!

The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network aims to strengthen the links between schools and businesses to help motivate and inspire young people to make informed, aspirational choices about their future careers. As one of our valued volunteers, you will work closely with senior leaders in a local school or college in developing their careers and employer engagement plans. Enterprise Advisers will receive high quality training and support provided by our dedicated Enterprise Coordinators.

Find out more about the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network.

Get in touch with one of our Enterprise Coordinators:

Or you can email  to register your business’s interest.

Download the Enterprise Adviser Network business leaflet (PDF).


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The local website helping young people discover for themselves the range of job and career opportunities open to them across Suffolk and Norfolk. Find out about important employment industries in the East; and view company profiles to hear about their businesses and who they recruit, including opportunities they are currently offering. View the website and ‘sign up’ now.
If you’re an organisation, company or educational establishment in the Norfolk and Suffolk region and want to get involved with this council-backed charity project please email:


SSS15logoSuffolk Skills Show

Largest Skills and Careers Event in Suffolk. Showcasing a myriad of exhibitors from business and education to around 5000 14-25 year olds from Suffolk. This event takes place in October every year with the 18 October 2017 and the 17 October 2018 already booked. 
In Suffolk we have some fantastic opportunities for employment across a range of burgeoning industry sectors. By bringing together employers, schools, colleges and training providers, Suffolk Skills Show offers the chance for young people to work out which careers are of interest to them and match their strengths, then find out the best route to get the right skills for the job. 
Schools and colleges are invited to bring groups of students to the event for free and can claim a subsidy towards transport if eligible. Individuals are also invited to ‘drop-in’ throughout the day. 


Recruiting young people for your business

MyGoMyGo - connecting local employers with young people. Free recruitment service for 16-24 yr olds

At MyGo we work with businesses to fully understand their recruitment needs and the type of skilled staff they are looking for. We then develop tailored training for the jobseekers we work with to make sure they’re the perfect fit. The MyGo Service operates across Ipswich, Babergh, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal, Lowestoft and Waveney. For your nearest centre please visit

Apprenticeships Logo blackApprenticeships Suffolk 

Offering free impartial information on how businesses can access apprenticeships, make the most of their Apprenticeship Levy or further information on the reforms programme. 

For more information, advice or support contact or email

Investing in skills and training

 Join the New Anglia LEPNewAnglia LEP

The New Anglia Skills Board helps to place employers at the centre of decision making on skills in Norfolk and Suffolk in order to ensure our local skills system becomes more responsive to the needs of employers and the future economy. The Skills Board for Norfolk and Suffolk was established in 2014 to provide real visible leadership from business on the skills agenda for Norfolk and Suffolk.


YouthPledgeNew Anglia Youth Pledge Marque

The New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque is awarded to employers in Norfolk and Suffolk who are committed to support the future workforce, better align skills with enterprise and in turn grow our economy.

Employers can gain the marque by publicly pledging to increase the amount of apprenticeships or work experience placements they provide or get involved in the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network mentioned above.

  • For more information on the New Anglia Youth Pledge marque please visit the New Anglia website


Greater Ipswich City Deal

Agreed with Government in 2013; providing the local area with the ability to address skills issues and ultimately deliver growth in an innovative way.

Commitments made by both local partners and the Government in the Greater Ipswich City deal have resulted in a range of innovative projects and activity that has helped to reduce youth unemployment in Ipswich and increase investment in skills across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The commitments agreed continue to be delivered and are overseen by the Greater Ipswich City Deal Board which is led by the private sector (Ipswich Building Society) and includes representation from all the local organisations that were signatories to the Deal.