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 22 - 2 December 2016

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Organisations and services helping businesses support young people they employ.

EAN logoEnterprise Adviser Network

The National Enterprise Advisor Network:

  • provides links between schools and businesses
  • matches business leaders with schools and colleges to work with them one-to-one and ensures young people leaving education have the right skills for the workplace.

Download Enterprise Adviser Network leaflet (PDF).


Icanbea can help young people consider the range of job and career opportunities in Suffolk and Norfolk. You can find out about out important industries in the East and get links to companies and the opportunities they offer.

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 email

STEM acceleratorSTEM Accelerator

The STEM Accelerator Programme is boosting the interest and capabilities of young people in Suffolk in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics.

Download information about the STEM Accelerator (PDF) or visit

SSS15logoSuffolk Skills Show

Largest skills and careers event every October in Suffolk showcasing over 138 exhibitors to around 5000 14-25 year olds from Suffolk. 

In Suffolk we've some fantastic opportunities for employment across a range of 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.



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.



Employer Training Incentive Pilot (ETIP)

The ETIP provides a 25% return against cash paid for additional training to a maximum grant of £1,000 per learner.

 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. A 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.

The 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.

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.