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 Skills@Suffolk.Gov.Uk.

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Read an introduction to the team members:  Skills Team Who's Who  (PDF, 496KB)

Inspiring young people and promoting your business

Organisations and services helping businesses support young people they employ.

Icanbea

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 team@icanbea.org.uk.

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 apprenticeshipssuffolk.org

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.

 

Youth Pledge for Employers project

European Social Fund logoA European Social Fund (ESF) funded project, led by Norfolk County Council and delivered in partnership with Suffolk County Council and The Mason Trust until December 2023. 

The project has employed Business Connectors to engage with a wide range of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the New Anglia LEP, and support them to develop opportunities for young people aged 16 to 24.  The opportunities created will be promoted on www.icanbea.org.uk, a website run by The Mason Trust, which helps to inspire young people to take control of their career and will include work inspiration events, such as giving a talk or hosting a virtual tour of a workplace, work experience, work placements, apprenticeships or employment.
If you are an employer looking to find out more or get involved, please contact:

 

INVESTING IN SKILLS AND TRAINING

KICKSTART

Suffolk Councils, working with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, have formed the Suffolk Gateway Partnership to deliver this national programme, designed to boost opportunities for young people in the workplace.

Developed by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to provide 6 month employment placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit, 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 for 25 hours per week, as well as extra funding to help support the development of the young person.  

In Suffolk, we have seen a fantastic response from employers and our young people, with over 700 placements being made available since the launch of the programme. Our successful Kickstarters have impressed our businesses, with some 75% of those employers taking on a Kickstarter offering them a permanent role at the end of their six month placement. 

Based on DWP advice, the Suffolk Gateway Partnership is no longer taking applications for the Kickstart Scheme, but has shifted its focus to ensuring employers already registered are matched with an appropriate Kickstarter.  If you are still looking to register or would like any more information on Kickstart please contact Emma at emma@suffolkchamber.co.uk who will be happy to answer any questions and signpost you to the DWP for direct registration.

There are a range of further employment and training schemes available in Suffolk to support both your existing workforce and new recruits, including apprenticeships, training programmes and staff development (e.g. workplace support for mental health).  For more information please contact skills@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Supply Chain Skills Development Fund

European Social Fund logoThe Supply Chain Skills Development Fund, a part-funded ESF project, provides grants to co-fund the development of the workforce in key local supply chains across Norfolk and Suffolk.

It has been established by Suffolk County Council, in partnership with Norfolk County Council, and aims to benefit both individual employees and local employers in Norfolk and Suffolk. The delegated grant scheme will enhance both the development and delivery of training available to employers in the New Anglia area and will focus on what is required to build the capacity of key local supply chains, ultimately resulting in the creation of inclusive economic growth. 
The funding is provided through the European Social Fund Programme 2014-2023.

Grants are available to:  

  • SME employers to be used to pay for a proportion of the costs of training, learning opportunities, or services that will help their employees develop additional competencies and capabilities. 
  • SME employers and local training providers to enhance, develop and deliver regional training  

The fund enables local beneficiaries an opportunity to apply for a smaller ESF grant than would normally be the case through wider calls. To learn more about the fund please contact supplychainskills@suffolk.gov.uk

Developing Skills in Health and Social Care (DSHSC)

The DSHSC project is part funded by the European Social Fund, led by Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, working with local colleges and other partners. European Social Fund logo
The project will be providing a range of specific, fully funded qualifications to staff working within the adult health and social care sector.
For more information, please visit our website www.norfolk.gov.uk/developingskills

 

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 skills@suffolk.gov.uk.

"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.

 

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 trinityparkevents.co.uk