Recruit, inspire and develop your workforce

Promote your business, inspire young people and invest in skills and training with support provided by the Skills Team at Suffolk County Council.

Developing Suffolk Talent e-bulletin

This monthly 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

To sign up to the bulletin please email and ask to be added to the distribution list.

Current issue: 

Skills Bulletin Issue No 73, 11 Dec 2020  (PDF, 889 KB) - with attachments: 

 Previous issues:

Read an introduction to the team members:  Who's Who in the Skills Team  (PDF, 396 KB)

Inspiring young people and promoting your business

Organisations and services helping businesses support young people they employ.


Icanbea is the local website helping young people discover for themselves the range of job and career opportunities open to them across Suffolk and Norfolk. 

You can 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.

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


Apprenticeships Suffolk 

An impartial service supporting SME businesses to engage with Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships Suffolk aim to promote the growth of apprenticeships by supporting the engagement of all interested parties through information and guidance on subjects such as:

  • funding, including the apprenticeship levy;
  • finding the right training;
  • how the 20% off the job works;
  • guidance on End Point Assessment;
  • understanding expectations and apprenticeships in general and
  • up to date information about both national and local incentives. 

We have a team on hand to provide as little or as much support that you or your organisation require to successfully recruit and retain your apprentice across Suffolk.

To find out more and to contact the team please go to

Suffolk Skills and Careers Festival (formerly Suffolk Skills Show)

The organising committee comprising of Suffolk Agricultural Association, Suffolk County Council and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership have considered in detail the risk and impact of holding a large scale, face to face event for 2020 and have come to the difficult decision that it is not possible to proceed.   

We are currently scoping out alternative activities which will contribute to your Gatsby Benchmarks and continue in the spirit of the event, we anticipate being able to announce the plans shortly. 

For up to date info please go to the event website

Investing in skills and training

 Suffolk Councils, working with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, are helping to deliver a brand-new national programme to boost opportunities for young people in the workplace.

Kickstart is a national programme designed by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to provide 6 month employment placements for 16-24s to assist them in gaining the skills and experience they need to succeed in the future. The scheme provides funding to cover the wages of each placement (equivalent of up to 25 hours a week of national minimum wage) as well as extra funding to help support the development of the young person.  

In Suffolk, we have committed to a partnership approach, working across the public sector, alongside skills and training providers (including our colleges), with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce acting as the “Gateway” organisation for employers wishing to register their interest.  Our partnership approach draws on the strengths of multiple organisations and services to provide the information, support and advice that will help our local employers create high quality placement opportunities for young people. As well as benefitting our local employers at this challenging time, Kickstart placements will provide young people in Suffolk with an opportunity to acquire new skills and experience and progress in their chosen field.

For more information on Kickstart and/or to register your interest in providing a placement please contact Emma at

For more information on the support available to help you establish a wider range of opportunities for young people such as apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience  please contact the Apprenticeships Suffolk service at who can then arrange a call at your convenience or call 01473 263555 during office hours (9-5 Monday- Friday).


Career Training for professionals

The East Careers Training company delivers high quality Careers training courses for professionals in the East of England and has been specialising in Careers Training for over 20 years. East Careers Training is managed by Suffolk County Council.

All courses comprise of a combination of face to face sessions complimented by self-study and often work place observation. The teaching and learning is delivered by a range of experts in their field and follows the model of reflection, dialogue, practice and inquiry. Many courses have successfully secured funding from organisations such as The Department for Education, The Careers and Enterprise Company, Ipswich Opportunity Area and Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area.

For more information contact Jacqui Phipps at

"I think the courses are building a strong foundation for careers leadership across the county. The tutors are highly knowledgeable and experts in their chosen fields so course content has been highly relevant and delivered in an engaging manner. The opportunities to share good practice and learn from others in the group has been invaluable."

Details about the course programme, qualifications, network events and CPD can be found on our separate page CPD for Careers Professionals.

The New Anglia Skills Advisory Panel exists to support the growth of an inclusive economy with a highly skilled workforce where skills and employment provision meets business need and the aspirations of individuals. It oversees the development of a skills and employment system to help enable business growth and enhance the employment and progression prospects for individuals working and living in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Find out more on the New Anglia website.


The Enterprise Adviser Network 

The New Anglia Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN)
The EAN is part of a national initiative that aims to raise the quality of careers provision in secondary schools and colleges, form lasting connections with employers and education and inspire young people to make informed decisions about future career choices. 

The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is managed nationally by the Careers and Enterprise Company, tailored locally in partnership with New Anglia LEP.

You can find out how more about how the programmes are delivered locally.

Find out more about national initiatives to raise the quality of careers provision in schools and colleges on The Careers and Enterprise Company website.


New Anglia Youth Pledge 

The New Anglia Youth Pledge is a regional commitment made by stakeholders across both the public and private sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk to further the prospects of young people in the area.  The Youth Pledge aims for:

“Every young person in Norfolk and Suffolk getting the support they need to get into education, training, an apprenticeship or job within three months of leaving education or employment.”

To deliver on this pledge, we need employers in Suffolk to help us by promoting what they do for young people and creating new opportunities from work experience and work trials to apprenticeships and graduate schemes. 

Become a Youth Pledge supporter and support young people to fulfil their potential.

Find out more about the New Anglia Youth Pledge.