Interested in working with children, young people and families

Career development information for current staff and those wishing to work with children, young people and families

The information and links below will help you plot your career pathway if you want to join or are already a member of the Children and Young People’s workforce.  It focuses on careers that support the services provided by Suffolk County Council (SCC). It will also guide you to some of the local providers offering the courses and qualifications you may need to help you on your way

National and Local Career Resources

  • For information about careers within SCC Integrated Service delivery team view careers in Children and Young People’s Services
  • National Careers Service website is a national website providing information on careers and training.  Information is available on the site or you can call their  helpline on 0800 100 900 where you can speak to an adviser. 
  • For general information on working in SCC Children and Young People's Services view the Integrated Service delivery toolkit. (updated document to be added shortly)

A full list of current training provided by Early Years, Multi Agency, Schools & FE and Social Care is available on our new training website Suffolk CPD Online  This is a one stop shop for courses and qualifications for the Children’s and Young people's Workforce. 

There are many local training providers in Suffolk offering a range of qualifications and courses suitable for the Children and Young People’s workforce.  

For general enquiries on careers working with children with additional needs contact the Workforce Development Team  

Community Health (e.g. Health Visitors and School Nurses)

  • For information about working in Community Health view the SCC document working in Community Health  
  • View general information on careers and qualifications in the NHS on their website careers in the NHS 
  • Our Community Health workforce adviser will be able to advise you on all aspects of training, qualifications and continuing professional development.  Please email admin.wfd@suffolk.gov.uk with any queries or to arrange a discussion about your training needs.

Early Years and Childcare

  • For information about working in Early Years and Childcare view the SCC document working in Early Years and working in Children’s Centres
  • Our Early Years workforce adviser will be able to advise you on all aspects of training, qualifications and continuing professional development.  Please email eyctu@suffolk.gov.uk with any queries or to arrange a discussion about your training needs.

Social Care and Social Work

Adoption and Fostering

Youth Support

  • For information about working in the Youth Support service view the SCC document working in Youth Support 
  • For general information on qualifications and information visit  Department of Education site
  • Our Youth Support workforce adviser will be able to advise you on all aspects of training, qualifications and continuing professional development.  Please email youthadmin@suffolk.gov.uk with any queries or to arrange a discussion about your training needs.

School Staff

Support Staff

  • You can find out about the varied and diverse support staff roles by visiting the Department of Education website
  • For information about supporting children in Education in Suffolk view the SCC document working in Education Support (64KB)
  • For information on job vacancies in Suffolk view Suffolk Jobs Direct

Teaching

  • The Department of Education Teaching Agency provides guidance on teacher training and development    
  • The SCC Teacher Recruitment Service recruits high quality teachers into Suffolk.  If you require more information about teaching in Suffolk  email teachsuffolk@suffolk.gov.uk  

Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training (SNITT)

The opportunities to train as a teacher in Suffolk have grown significantly over the past ten years.  A highly successful partnership between Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, local schools and University Campus Suffolk offers five training programmes:

  • Suffolk & Norfolk Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
  • Suffolk & Norfolk Secondary SCITT
  • Suffolk & Norfolk Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), which encompasses Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • Overseas Trained Teachers Programme (OTT)
  • Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (AO Route)

These programmes are school-based training routes. They jointly provide over 200 high quality teacher training places across the two counties.

If you would like to find out more about: 

individual courses; entry requirements; when and how to apply log on to our SNITT web site for full details.

Links to local Colleges and Universities which provide courses related to working with Children, Young People and families. 

Lowestoft College 

West Suffolk College

University Campus Suffolk

University of East Anglia

Anglia Ruskin University

Suffolk New College