As a business there are a number of ways in which you can inspire and influence the next generation of employees, from attending school careers fairs and career-themed assemblies to mentoring and taking part in projects. You can also find out how to recruit and invest in young people from the local area and offer opportunities such as work experience or internships, which will benefit your business as well as the individual.
There are resources below to help you learn about ‘Skills for the Future’ and the wider picture together with key contacts in East Suffolk who will help support you with a one-to-one meeting or a referral to local and regional partners.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
NALEP has a number of skills strategies and key sector plans which you can view on the website. It contains a wealth of information on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Apprenticeships, Skills Deals and grant funding.
New Anglia Growth Hub
The Business Skills Advisor at the New Anglia Growth Hub can offer help and support around how to gain the skills that you need for your business to thrive.
Offshore Wind Skills Centre
The East of England Offshore Wind Skills Centre, which opened in June 2018, helps local people re-skill and find long-lasting new jobs in the region’s expanding offshore wind industry.
Taking on an Apprentice could be an excellent choice for your business as you shape and develop the future workforce of your business. Key facts you need to know are laid out in our leaflet ‘All About Apprenticeships’ and you can also see the latest Apprenticeship figures for the East of England.
Inspiring the next generation
If you want to inspire the next generation to find their place in your sector, locality or even your own business, then what better way than to get involved in careers advice and guidance at local schools?
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network brings together education and business by matching local business people to a school or college where they can share their experience of the world of work.
The Youth Pledge encourages businesses to commit to investing in the lives of young people and ensure that they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Raising the Bar is Suffolk’s programme to improve levels of educational attainment across the county. This will require businesses to get involved, as well as education providers, families and communities.
Any business, public sector or voluntary organisation that would like to offer support to all tiers of education in Lowestoft, please contact Lowestoft Rising, an organisation that aims to raise the aspirations of children and young people in the community.
Find out more
For advice and information about local skills initiatives, contact the East Suffolk Economic Development Team.