Skills Portal

Employers have a unique role to play in preparing our current and future workforce for the opportunities and challenges ahead. So this Skills Portal from New Anglia Growth Hub is designed to help our region’s employers access, understand and navigate all the local support, information and resources available to help get talent acquisition and development spot on.

Plus, we have two dedicated skills advisers, available to make a no cost visit your premises to guide you through the options available.

To begin, click on as many of the accompanying buttons as apply to you to explore the portal. You can also search using a keyword. Alternatively, call us on the number above to arrange an appointment with a skills adviser, or e-mail growthhub@newanglia.co.uk.

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DEFINITIONS

New to inspiring, recruiting and upskilling our region's future workforce? Uncertain what these terms mean? Here are three short definitions that should help…

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BUILD A LOYAL & ENGAGED WORKFORCE

Use this Skills Portal to ensure the region's economic success, connect education with employment, and make sure you have the right skills available to support your business' future…

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WARREN SERVICES

Well-known locally and nationally for their work promoting apprenticeships, improving work experience and job opportunities for the long-term unemployed, Warren Services is doubling down on its efforts…

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EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

The East of England Co-Op has repeatedly found one of the biggest advantages to hiring apprentices, as it allows them to share their unique DNA while developing their future workforce…

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APPLAUD COFFEE

The award-winning café Applaud Coffee has taken on an apprentice with support from The New Anglia Youth Pledge and Suffolk New College's School of Commercial Services…

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Morgan Sindall

By attending events in schools across the counties, Morgan Sindall has a policy of investment in the future workforce that not only benefits the local community, but their own business as well…

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Our Skills Advisers are available to help

If you’re unsure which services best suit you, Dean or David can guide you to the local service providers best placed to upskill your workforce

TO ARRANGE A VISIT FROM A SKILLS ADVISER, CALL 0300 333 6536

BuildForce

A collaborative, industry-led programme, aiming to reduce skills gaps in the built environment while offering a second career for military personnel. If you’re part of the construction industry or its supply chain and want to work with other businesses, then do contact us

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Business in the Community

Working with the City & Guilds Group, bringing together England’s business leaders for conversations on how businesses can update employment for the next generation. Working with local businesses and stakeholders to identify key regional challenges around employing young people. Making practical recommendations how employers can overcome them

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Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters develop and deliver high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities. If you would like to encourage volunteering to your workforce, Volunteering Matters can support them directly finding local opportunities

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Career Ready

Connecting employers with schools and colleges. Support and guidance for young people to gain the skills, confidence and opportunities for a rewarding future. Want to support 14-18 year olds with mentoring, internships, masterclasses, workplace visits or other employer-led activities preparing them for work? Contact us for facilitation and support

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info@careerready.org.uk

0207 986 5494

East of England YAAN

Peer support network of young apprentices from 16 - 30, also helping to promote apprenticeship routes directly to young people. If you employ apprentices and would like them to be able to gain peer support, additional skills and be part of a vibrant network, simply ask them to sign up via the webpage

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East of England Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

Employer group spearheading a drive to engage new employers’ commitment to apprenticeship delivery in England. Showcase your apprenticeship activity, help influence national policy, provider offer and create a strong apprenticeship voice for the East of England

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Offshore Wind Skills Centre (Great Yarmouth)

A specialist training centre for marine and offershore industries, equipping individuals with necessary skills. Employers can train individuals on these courses or recruit students to vacancies

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Form the Future

Works with students and schools to open students' eyes to a wide range of possibilities, challenging them to think broadly about their future career options. Introduce mentoring as a volunteering activity for your workforce. Brokering and providing training for employees to offer mentoring, work experience opportunities etc.

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info@formthefuture.org.uk

01223 781296

Grandmentors

Innovative project utilising older volunteers’ life skills and experience to support and mentor vulnerable young people leaving the care system. Offer mentoring as a voluntary activity for your workforce to build confidence and positive behaviours for both mentee and mentor. Provides full training and expenses for those willing to be Grandmentors

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Beacon East

East Anglia’s education, business partnership and careers guidance provider. Strengthening connections between education, business and industry for young people by creating CPD for educators, careers guidance services, work related learning, bespoke consultancy & project management, supporting enterprise education, STEM, and Business & Industry CSR

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info@beacon-east.co.uk

01603 673340

Energy Skills Centre

Part of the East Coast College's wider development of training facilities for all enterprises in the energy and engineering sector. Providing national and international specialisms to support the development of higher level technical skills and professional expertise in energy, engineering, marine and offshore industries

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Rural Enterprise East

To help educate, support and inspire rural social enterpise. A comprehensive programme of innovative and meaningful learning and development opportunities for rural business relevant to modern working, including using technology and web based activity. Includes business support and an enterprise club…

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01473 784109

The Mix

The Mix aims to empower and enable young people to change their lives, as well as the world around us. Providing support to employers to help young people through mentoring, CV writing, and work experience, drop in sessions, etc. A project with a track record of placing young people from 16-25 in employment

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Primary World of Work

Coordinates a series of events for primary schools to gain exposure and understanding of many different careers, while breaking career gender stereotypes. Working on behalf of the Ipswich Opportunity Area. Inspire Ipswich’s primary age children. Introduce the world of work through fully facilitated experiences in schools

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Melanie Scotland

Melanie.Scotland@suffolk.gov.uk

East Suffolk Partnership Skills Board

Working together for the benefit of East Suffolk. Operating at a strategic level, enabling decisions that affect the region while driving delivery of projects and initiatives at a relatively local level. Can connect businesses to small targeted skills initiatives in East Suffolk. May in some instances offer grant funding

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Seckford Springboard

Helps young people aged 25 and under to access education, employment and training, bridging gaps and overcoming barriers. Aims to raise the life chances of young people, lifting confidence and self-esteem. Can help you find the right apprentice. Particularly focusing on rural areas where apprentice recruitment has additional barriers

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01394 615173

Norwich for Jobs

Changing lives by helping local 16 to 24 year olds get work. For young people needing job advice, employers looking to recruit, or organisations supporting young people. A network of local employers, charities and organisations volunteering to give the skills and experience young people need to get into work. Participating employers can earn awards

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Local Investment in Future Talent (LIFT) Skills

An employability and skills delegated grant scheme for voluntary, community, social enterprises and other relevant organisations in Norfolk and North Suffolk's rural areas. CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS FOR LIFT SKILLS GRANTS (for projects that enable rural businesses and third sector organisations to train and upskill their employees)

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01603 222771

WEX

A unique and innovative online work experience programme. Ideal for employers looking to offer work experience in Norfolk

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Help You Choose

Provides young people with information and advice on a variety of sixth form and college courses, higher education, apprenticeships and training. A platform for businesses to advertise their apprenticeship offering

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Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival

Norfolk's largest skills and careers event. Showcasing employment sectors and exhibitors from business and education to around 5000 11-25 year olds/event. Sponsor to promote your company as an employer of choice to students and parents. Exhibit and outline to thousands what you look for in future recruits and promote your opportunities

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Economic Development Team (Breckland)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (West Norfolk)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (South Norfolk)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (Great Yarmouth)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (North Norfolk)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (Norwich)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (Broadland)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Community Action Suffolk

Community Action Suffolk supports organisations in Suffolk’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, offering specialist training and support for volunteers, enabling them to operate more effectively

For training, advice and more, please see the website

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Economic Development Team (Ipswich)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (East Suffolk)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (Babergh)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Economic Development Team (West Suffolk)

Supporting employers with skills or training needs linked to supporting growth. The districts also work in partnership with key stakeholders to help develop skills and lifelong learning across the districts. Local Authority Economic Development Teams support local employers in different ways, so take a look at your LA website for more details

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Suffolk Skills and Careers Festival

Norfolk and Suffolk's largest skills and careers event. Showcasing employment sectors and exhibitors from business and education to around 5000 14-25 year olds/event. Sponsor to promote your company as an employer of choice to students and parents. Exhibit and outline to thousands what you look for in future recruits and promote your opportunities

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One Haverhill Partnership

Facilitated partnership with local employers to improve the social and economic well-being and social mobility, primarily for young people in Haverhill, through improved access to educational opportunities and employability

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Apprenticeship Transfer Scheme (New Anglia LEP)

Innovative scheme to transfer apprenticeship levy to non levy employers. Fully fund training and open up more apprenticeship training provision. For levy paying employers wishing to support smaller employers and use their un-allocated levy. For non levy paying employers who would like to receive funding for apprenticeship training

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Natasha Waller

Natasha.waller@newanglia.co.uk

New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network

Nationally aligned program linking education and employment. Connecting local business leaders with senior schools and college leaders to develop and shape careers strategy meeting the local economy's needs. Full training and support for volunteer Enterprise Advisors. Support a local school, inspire young people and help prepare them for work

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Sector Skills Plans

Skills Plans which articulate the skills challenges for key sectors, including published data sets

Support other employers working to address issues through Sector Skills Working Groups

Utilise recommendations and data in bidding for skills funding or support

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New Anglia Youth Pledge

Giving all young people in this region the support needed to get into education, training, an apprenticeship or a job within three months of leaving education or employment

Promote your business by showcasing how you can help, and find out what other businesses do

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Local website helping young people to discover the range of job and careers opportunities open to them across Suffolk and Norfolk

To raise awareness of the opportunities available, while helping employers promote their businesses to young people

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