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

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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 57  | 9 May 2019

Previous issues:

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

Inspiring young people and promoting your business

Organisations and services helping businesses support young people they employ.

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The Enterprise Adviser Network

Join the 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 their 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:

Download the Enterprise Adviser Network business leaflet (PDF, 113KB).


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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. Sign up to icanbea 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


The Suffolk Skills Show is evolving and will be known as The Suffolk Skills and Careers Fair!Suffolk Skills Careers fair logo

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at Trinity Park in Ipswich

More information coming soon - to find out more please go to


Investing in skills and training

Join the New Anglia 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.

Find out more on the New Anglia website.

New 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

The Greater Ipswich City deal was agreed with Government in 2013 to provide 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.

Find out more at GOV.UK.