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.

Year 11 Options

There’s lots of choice for young people when it comes to making decisions about where and what to learn when they leave Year 11.  You might be working with young people at this stage and feel you are just a bit confused yourself or you might have young people in your care that you want to support.

Suffolk County Council Skills Team have produced a helpful leaflet on this topic aimed at practitioners,  parents and carers of our Suffolk students.  If you would like some hard copies of the leaflet, please email



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

They provide 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.

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 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.

To see how it can help you make good choices in your life, go to The Source website.

National Careers Service

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: 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 the National Careers Service website.


Suffolk Skills and Careers Festival

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

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 and Skills: Information for young people aged 13 to 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. Download the materials:

The New Anglia Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network

The New Anglia Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) are 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.

Find out more about how the programmes are delivered locally on the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network website.

To find out more about national initiatives to raise the quality of careers provision in schools and colleges, go to The Careers and Enterprise Company website.

Careers advice for adults

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.