About the Festival

The Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival is a new interactive event aimed at 14-24 year olds to help inspire them for their future career and to demonstrate the various options available.

For 2020 we will have a wide range of industry and build upon the success of the past four years. The dates for the 2020 event are 4 and 5 March so make a note in your diary.

Groups from schools and colleges will arrive in organised time slots throughout the two-day festival. Individuals are welcome to attend too. The event aims to attract 5000 visitors.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your organisation to connect with Norfolk’s young people, your potential future workforce, both to demonstrate and talk about the key skills involved in your industry and to break down unhelpful myths. It provides a platform to connect with talented youngsters who could become gifted prospective employees.

The Festival will be structured around thirteen sectors covering Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, ICT – Digital and Creative, Financial and Business Services, Leisure, Tourism and Culture, Food and Farming, Science and Innovation, Health and Social Care, Construction and Logistics, Education and Training, Public Services, Retail and Enterprise and Careers advice.

The Festival is run on a not for profit basis and the organising partners include: Norfolk County Council, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Archant, City College Norwich, Easton and Otley College, Beacon East, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Norwich School.

Exhibitors for 2020 will be announced soon but in 2019 we welcomed:

Access Creative College
Anglian Water
Apprenticeships Norfolk
Aston Shaw
Aviation Skills Zone™
Aviation Skills Partnership
BAE Systems
BAM Nuttall
Barclays Eagle Lab
Bateman Groundworks
BBC Norfolk
Ben Burgess
Blue Sky Leisure
Breckland Council
British Army Outreach Team
British Sugar
City College Norwich
College of West Anglia
Construction Training Specialists
Cranswick Country Foods
Crown Chicken
Diocese of Norwich
East Coast College
East of England Ambulance Service
Easton and Otley College
EDF Energy
EEEGR – The Energy Hub
First Choice Home Care
Flagship Group
Ford and Slater DAF
Future Chef
Gardline Ltd
Go Ape
Gressingham Foods
Hilltops Outdoor Centre
Howes Percival
Ingleton Wood LLP
James Paget NHS
John G Plummer & Associates
John Olivers
Lockheed Martin
Lovewell Blake
Manorcourt Homecare
Mills & Reeve
Morgan Sindall
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Waveney building apprentices’ competition
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Norfolk County Council
Norwich City CSF
Nova Training
P D Hook Ltd
Paston College
Poultec Training
Qube Learning
R G Carter
Royal Air Force
Ryan Air
Saxon Air
Shadwell Estate
Ship Safe
Skills Edge Training
St Edmunds Society
Stageworks College
Take your place
The Advice Lounge – Beacon East
The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
The Corps of Royal Engineers
The Feed
The Garage
The Kinetic Science Foundation
The National Stud
The Royal Armoured Corps
Thetford Manufacturing Club
UCP Zeller
University of East Anglia
University Technical College Norfolk
Voyage Care
Warren Services
Wayland Farms
West Suffolk College

Visit the event

Visit the festival with your family, friends, college or school and get inspired. There is a fantastic variety of guest speakers and workshops and over 50 exhibitors from across a wide range of industries.

Get involved

This Festival provides you and your business with a chance to demonstrate your support for the young people of Norfolk as they decide which industry to enter.