Careers advice and guidance

Information on careers and local industries for young people and parents or carers, as well as support services available to schools and advisers.

What is RPA?

Raising the Participation Age: It is government policy that all young people are expected to stay in some form of learning until they are 18.

Find out more about RPA.

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The Source  - information and advice for young people and parents/carers

The Source is a website for young people managed by Suffolk County Council's Children and Young People's (CYP) services.  It provides information and advice on everything from work, training, and education options to health, relationships, housing, money issues and much more. 


Apprenticeship Service Suffolk

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Offering free impartial information on how to access apprenticeships across Suffolk. The service works with schools and other providers to ensure that Apprenticeships are a real choice for young people leaving education. 
For the latest vacancies and how Apprenticeships Suffolk can support you go to


National Careers Service

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Call the National Careers Service helpline for information and advice about jobs, careers and training if you’re 13 or older in England.

  • National Careers Service helpline - Telephone: 0800 100 900
  • Text messages: 07766 413 219 
  • Textphone: 0800 096 8336

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service is confidential, and provides impartial advice which is supported by qualified careers advisers. 

To find out more go to


Suffolk Skills Show

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On 17 October 2018 showcasing exhibitors from business and education to
about 5000 14-25 year olds from Suffolk. 

In Suffolk we have some fantastic opportunities for employment across a range of burgeoning 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. 

Find out more about the largest skills and careers event in Suffolk at or watch the Suffolk Skills Show 2015 video on YouTube.



icanbea logoWant to know more about local businesses? Icanbea is designed to help young people navigate the large spectrum of employment possibilities in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Providing information on the most important employment industries in the East as well as providing direct links with the key companies and the opportunities they offer. 

View the website and sign up 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


Support for schools, teachers and advisers

Local Labour Market Information - Resources for schools

Suffolk County Council identified that there was a need for additional resources for schools regarding local labour market information and has produced a booklet - 'Suffolk Work & Skills - Information for young people aged 13-19' and a set of sector posters for use in the classroom.

To accompany the booklet we have also produced lesson plans as well as a Powerpoint presentation that gives an overall introduction based on the booklet. 
All materials can be downloaded  - please click the following links for the resource of your choice:


Sector of the month

During 2017 the East Anglian Daily Times in partnership with SCC featured monthly Sector Skills reports in their 'Business East monthly' editions. They were aimed at informing young people entering the workforce about the career opportunities existing in the region and the skills required to make the most of these opportunities.

The following Sectors have been introduced and can be downloaded:


The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser NetworkNAEAN logo group

An exciting, national initiative, the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) creates strategic connections between senior leaders in business and education – joining forces in an innovative, supported programme to raise young people’s aspirations, attainment and employability through greater engagement with employers and the world of work.

Schools and colleges in the network are matched with an Enterprise Adviser – a high calibre, impartial volunteer from local industry – to work directly with the leadership of the organisation and their careers team. The adviser assists in the development and planning of effective, tailored employer engagement strategies, cohesive and complementary to the curriculum and individual needs of the school or college, and aligned with the GATSBY benchmarks.

The partnerships are facilitated and supported by a local Enterprise Coordinator, who works directly with the schools, colleges and businesses to understand their needs and make sustainable matches, as well as supporting the development of provision, fostering wider collaboration across the New Anglia region, and celebrating good practice. 
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is managed nationally by the Careers and Enterprise Company, tailored locally in partnership with New Anglia LEP and Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils.

To find out how you can join as a volunteer Enterprise Adviser please see the Enterprise Anglia Network business leaflet (PDF, 113KB).


If you are looking for careers advice for adults in Suffolk please go to the Adult learning and careers advice page where you can find opportunities to improve your skills and confidence or learn something new.