Careers advice, guidance and inspiration

There are so many different jobs out there, so visit the websites below to understand what career opportunities there are.

If you run a business, have you thought about what you can do to develop your corporate social responsibility and help to get children inspired about the workplace? Find out more by visiting the websites below.

Skills Escalator Days (SEDs)

Research shows how important it is for children as young as five years old to be inspired by the 'world of work'; it is with this in mind that SEDs were developed. 

SEDs are Eastern Education Group events that are run all across the region and are designed to bring primary school children into contact with industry. SEDs offer a series of age-appropriate, practical hands-on activities for the pupils, run by representatives from business, industry, local government and the wider public sector. The overall objective is to directly link school children with the world of work, to allow them to see and talk to people from all areas and to build in them a lifelong curiosity and passion for the world of work. 

In West Suffolk, SEDs are delivered annually in Haverhill (May), Newmarket (September) and Bury St Edmunds (October). Please see a press release about one of the SED Events: West Suffolk College and West Suffolk Council collaborate to create careers event for primary schools. 

The Economic Development Team at West Suffolk Council is passionate about supporting opportunities and delivering careers inspiration to young people, and so we are delighted to support SEDs in West Suffolk. 

Find out more at: 

Choose Hospitality

West Suffolk Council secured funding from Suffolk Growth for a project focused on changing perceptions of the hospitality sector and the visitor economy in West Suffolk. The project is being delivered in partnership with West Suffolk College. The project is comprised of several elements , including: a Junior Chef competition; Junior Chef course bursaries; other hospitality bursaries; hospitality inspiration sessions with schools; a family cooking event; and a hospitality business summit.

View the Choose Hospitality presentation to see highlights from the project so far.

For more information on other work that we are doing with partners in the visitor economy sector, please visit the Veni Project.

Jobs and skills fairs

West Suffolk Council's Economic Development team is working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions to deliver Jobs and skills fairs across West Suffolk. The council's support for the event is part of our drive to support our residents learning new skills as well as finding employment.

We deliver jobs fairs in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall, and Newmarket. The next confirmed dates are:

  • Wednesday 13 September, 10am to 12.30pm, at The Jubilee Centre in Mildenhall
  • Wednesday 4 October, 10am to 12.30pm, at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

If you are a business and would like to attend one of our jobs fairs, please register your interest in having a free stall at Mildenhall or Bury St Edmunds. Businesses are more than welcome to attend both fairs, however we ask that a form for each is filled out. 

If you are a jobseeker, the events are walk-in and open to the general public.  There is the option to register as an attendee for the Mildenhall fair or to register as an attendee for Bury St Edmunds. However, if you are claiming any benefits, please speak to your work coach and they will book you in.

Find out more email:

New Anglia Careers Hub

The New Anglia Careers Hub brings together schools, colleges, employers and providers to drive forward a careers education that will support the ambitions of the business community in Norfolk and Suffolk and its young people.

You can inspire young people and prepare them for the future of work. With your help, schools and colleges can give students the skills they need to succeed. Your first step is to volunteer to become an enterprise Adviser. The Enterprise Adviser Network aims to increase employer engagement with schools and colleges and want every student to have at least one positive industry experience every year they are at school.

The EAN have created a database of virtual work experience opportunities and virtual inspirational activities from both local and national employers. Find out more at: Padlet - Virtual work experience and inspirational work encounters

Find out more about the role of an Enterprise Adviser or contact the Careers Hub strategic lead, David Ladbrook at: or 07881 656856


I Can Be A... logoicanbea... lets you explore potential career opportunities across Norfolk and Suffolk, showing you how the organisations and job roles fit into the wider career paths of our region's industries. Businesses can add their own profile.

For more information visit Icanbea…

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council provides a variety of support, including Year 11 options; The Source: information and advice for young people and parents/carers; and local labour market information resources for schools. Find out more at: Suffolk County Council - Careers advice and guidance

Newmarket Academy students with the robots that they have programmedSchools robotics pilot project in Newmarket

West Suffolk Council has partnered with the BT Schools Outreach team and Newmarket Schools to deliver a project to using robotics to inspire young students’ passion for science, technology, engineering and maths. Please see the press release: Robotic project to create a legacy for STEM skills

Youth Pledge for Employers project

The project has employed Business Connectors to engage with a wide range of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the Norfolk and Suffolk, and support them to develop opportunities for young people aged 16 to 24. The opportunities created will be promoted on the Icanbea... website run by The Mason Trust, which helps to inspire young people to take control of their career and will include work inspiration events, such as giving a talk or hosting a virtual tour of a workplace, work experience, work placements, apprenticeships or employment.

If you are an employer looking to find out more or get involved, please contact:

This is a European Social Fund (ESF) funded project, led by Norfolk County Council and delivered in partnership with Suffolk County Council and The Mason Trust until December 2023.

The yojo careers app

The yojo app has been designed by young people, for young people in Suffolk to help find the right career path for you. Whether that is an apprenticeship or traineeship, the app is designed to explore options for you.

Find out more on the yojo app website