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. It was the only major skills and careers event to take place in Norfolk in 2018 and provides a much needed bridge between business and education. For 2019 we plan to have a wider range of industry and build upon the success of the past three years. The dates of the 2017 event are 6 and 7 March 2019 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 to this year’s festival include:

Access Creative College
Aldi
Apprenticeships Norfolk
Aviva
BAM Nuttall
Bateman Groundworks
BBC
Ben Burgess
Blue Sky Leisure
British Army
British Sugar
Cambridge Science Centre
Chaplin Farrant
Church of England – Diocese of Norwich
CITB
City College Norwich
College of West Anglia
Cranswick Country Foods
Develop
Easton and Otley College
ECITB
EEEGR
Flagship Group
Ford & Slater DAF
Gressingham Foods
icanbea
James Paget University Hospital & Norfolk Community Health and Care
Jobs24
JTL
Larking Gowen
Leathes Prior
Lovell
McDonald’s
Morgan Sindall
MSF Technologies
New Anglia Colleges

New Anglia LEP
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Waveney Apprentices’ Competition
Norfolk Community and Health Care NHS Trust
Norfolk Community Learning Services
Norfolk Fire Service
Norwich University of the Arts
OPITO
Peterborough Regional College
Poultec Training
Price Bailey
R G Carter
RAF
Royal Navy & Royal Marines
Ship Safe Training Group
Skills Edge Training
Stageworks Studios
Take Your Place Higher Education Zone
The Advice Lounge
The Garage
Thera East Anglia
UEA – Norwich Medical School
UEA Law School
University of Cambridge
University of East Anglia
University of Suffolk
University Technical College Norfolk
Volkswagen Group Apprenticeship Programme – Babcok International
Voyage Care
Wayland Farms Ltd
WS Training Ltd
YMCA

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.