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.

IcanbeaIcanbea logo

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 logo

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 National Careers Service logo

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 Careers fair logoSuffolk Skills and Careers Festival

Save the date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Following on from the successful 2019 event which attracted over 4000 visitors and 80 exhibitors across 12 employment sectors, we are delighted to announce the date for 2020. 

Any schools or individuals wishing to attend please ‘save the date’ in your calendars. The website will open for bookings and with further information in February 2020.


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 NAEAN logo group

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.