Thousands attend Suffolk Skills Show

The event set out to engage with Suffolk’s young people and provide an insight into the career opportunities available to them locally. The show, which took place at Trinity Park in Ipswich, targeted those aged between 11 and 24.  The diverse range of businesses exhibiting at the event worked hard to ensure those attending left with their eyes opened to the many career streams across Suffolk.  There were many interactive indoor and outdoor stands; showcasing opportunities in energy, IT & technology, finance and business services, creative digital, agriculture, construction, motor vehicle, advanced manufacturing, ports and logistics as well as HM Forces and a ‘have a go’ area where attendees were able to try their hand at new skills.  Those unable to make the event during the day were encouraged to come along for a drop in session in the evening to explore options available to them locally; giving them an opportunity to talk to employers, colleges, training providers and advisers about their future careers.  In all, around 4,500 young people attended the show, and have had the chance to see the amazing opportunities for young people in the county across a wide range of sectors and companies. 

Developing the aspirations of Suffolk’s young people is a key priority of our Raising the Bar programme.  By giving young people the chance to meet employers, try interactive activities and find out about their options, we hope that they will have left the show with their future ambitions raised and with a clearer picture of how to achieve them