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Suffolk Skills Show 2017

18 October 2017 |

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 you the chance to work out which careers are of interest to you and match your strengths, then find out the best route to get the right skills for the job. Schools, Colleges and Universities are invited to bring groups of students to the event, any age is welcome to 'drop in' from the age of 11+ entry to the event is free and Schools and Collages can claim a subsidy towards transport if eligible. Individuals are invited to ‘drop-in’ throughout the day, no need to pre-register, but you may wish to do so and to check back regularly to see what Apprenticeship and Job opportunities will be accessible via this year's Suffolk Skills Show for Job Hunters.

The sectors being promoted at the 2017 Show include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture, Food & Science
  • Creative & Digital Industries
  • The Built Environment
  • Education & Training - including Careers and Information Zone
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • HM Forces
  • Horticulture (including Arboriculture)
  • IT & Technology (ICT)
  • Law & Legal Services
  • Ports & Logistics
  • Services

Ian Twinley, CEO of John Grose, and former Chairman of the Suffolk Skills Show Steering Committee for 2014, 2015 and 2016 said:

 “The first skills show in 2014 showcasing a huge number of local Suffolk Businesses and education providers was a huge success and enjoyed by over 3,500 young people, and in 2015 over 5,000 young visitors. Each year, we aim to make the event even more engaging with further content that will help young people with their career planning.”

For employers the Show enables them to actively influence the understanding of young people and work with education providers about the kind of workforce skills needed and help them make the right choices early on. In addition it increases awareness of the sectors and contributes to improving employment prospects and availability and retention of the right calibre of recruits in Suffolk.

CEO of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, John Dugmore, who are Graduate Sponsors of the event for 2017 added:

"The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to support the Suffolk Skills Shows in 2014, 2015 and 2016, which were a huge success. We believe that investment in our future workforce is imperative for greater business success in the county, and therefore we are delighted to once again be involved and sponsoring this year. We urge all businesses in Suffolk to get involved and to come along and showcase their organisations to influence and help shape the skills choices and opportunities available to young people in our County."