About Suffolk Skills Show

Are you looking to find a career or apprenticeship after school or further education? Maybe you've been in employment for years but are seeking a change in direction?

Then come along to the Suffolk Skills Show and 'try before you buy', plus speak to over 80 employers, and find real vacancies! 

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 2018 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

“The Suffolk Skills Show is vital to inform young people about vocational skills and apprenticeships, career pathways and the choices and opportunities that are available to them in our county and I am proud to be at the helm of such an important event.”

“The Show is a great way for us to help show case some of the amazing opportunities that exist in the region, to educate and inspire our young people. I would like to encourage all businesses in the county to get involved with the event to help Influence the development of the future workforce.”

 -Dayle Bayliss – Chair Suffolk Skills Show

For employersthe 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.

“Attendees on the day will find zones covering all of our major employment sectors, educational pathways and exemplar employers to really give a taste of what the future could hold.  Discover new talents with our hands on ‘have a go’ challenges, and speak directly to employers.”
-  Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills
“The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is once again supporting the Suffolk Skills Show, a reflection of our ongoing commitment to making the transition between education and work as seamless as possible.”  
“We urge all local businesses to think about having a presence at the Show, whether as an exhibitor or a visitor, to both engage with their workforces of the future and encourage them as they prepare to enter the workplace. This year’s Job Search feature will allow Suffolk businesses to directly recruit and source their future workforce”
John Dugmore, Chief Executive Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

If you are interested in exhibiting at the event please click the exhibitor tab for more information - as of 10.10.18 exhibitor bookings are closed.

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