Organisers of the festival

Norfolk County Council are pleased to be major sponsors for this exciting festival. This event brings together a true collaboration of interested parties, who care passionately about providing opportunities for the next generation and creating real jobs for Norfolk’s future workforce. By joining together we are helping to ensure young people across the county have the chance to meet a range of Norfolk employers face-to-face as well as providing opportunities to help them decide which career, study or training option will be their next step.

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association aims to help educate young people and adults, and to bring people and business together through a range of inspiring events, including the Royal Norfolk Show to promote a better understanding of food, farming and the countryside. The Festival is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Norfolk to discover the vast range of opportunities open to them. As partners of the event, we are able to contribute to the growing need for careers advice and offer the chance for young people in Norfolk to get on track to finding their career path. 

Easton and Otley College is one the largest landbased colleges in the UK – providing opportunities in a range of different subjects ranging from agriculture to zookeeping and everything else in between. We are delighted to be a partner of this event and it will be chance for the college to showcase all the amazing industries that we represent, to new generations of young people who are living and studying in this fantastic county. We will be able to talk to attendees about the variety of courses that we offer. This event will enable us to discuss issues like this and exciting developments in the other industries we support to our students of tomorrow.

Norwich School is a 7-18 co-educational independent day school located in Cathedral Close. We take our responsibilities to the wider community seriously and are aware of the significant benefits for our pupils in being fully engaged in the world around them. We are therefore proud to be associated with this inaugural festival, both as part of the organising partnership and as a participating school. In a rapidly changing world, there is need for Norfolk’s young people to be aware of the skills required for the workplace they will soon enter. There is also a desire for employers to inspire and inform potential employees about the opportunities which exist in their sector. 

The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce is owned and directed by its members and represents businesses of all sizes and sectors across Norfolk to improve skills, infrastructure and reduce regulations through its local, regional and national Chamber network. Norfolk Chamber believes that young people need contact with the business community to gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience to complement their academic qualifications. We are delighted to be a partner of the Norfolk Skills & Careers Festival 2016 and running the Your Future Zone at the event which includes workshops, speed networking and ‘Have a Go activities’ all aimed at helping young people think about their future. 

The Suffolk and Norfolk Collaborative Outreach network is a partnership led by University Campus Suffolk and includes University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts, City College Norwich, Easton and Otley College, and the College of West Anglia. The aim of this new network is to raise young people’s aspirations in the two counties by providing access to outreach opportunities.

City College Norwich are delighted to be part of The Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival as it is a fantastic opportunity for young people to find out more about the huge range of careers and opportunities that are available to them and City College Norwich is proud to be a part of it. We look forward to seeing lots of businesses and sector groups there to help Norfolk’s future workforce decide on their next steps.

South Norfolk Council exists to provide the services that make a real difference to the lives of the people in our district. From emptying the bins every week and supporting families who fall on hard times to securing multi-million pound investment to help grow the local economy, supporting local businesses and helping job creation. As one of the best local authorities in the country, South Norfolk Council offers a vast range of opportunities that few other employers could match. Constantly changing and always looking at new and innovative ways to work, at South Norfolk Council we provide our staff with the opportunity to learn, progress and establish a promising career. Whatever your areas of interest, there’s a chance to become involved in work that will make a positive and lasting difference to our community.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership was established by Government in 2010. We are a unique business-led collaboration between the private, public and education sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk. Our ambition is to drive economic growth and transform the local economy into a global centre for talent and innovation.We are delighted to be supporting the first Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival. Creating jobs is a key priority for Suffolk and Norfolk, but that objective has to be matched with a highly skilled motivated regional workforce. Skills and employment are critical to achieving our future growth potential and securing the well-being and prosperity of our population.

EDGE Careers in Food and Farming is a service designed to help food and farming employers recruit young people to their business. Operating from Anglia Farmers offices, which is a farmer co-operative with over 3,000 members, EDGE has direct access to some of the best food and farming jobs for young people in the country. We are delighted to be involved in the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival as it provides an ideal opportunity for young people to explore the full range of career options, for us to explain the benefits of working within food and farming and for us to promote the benefits of finding a job with the help of EDGE.


The Festival is organisted by Norfolk County Council, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Easton and Otley College, City College Norwich, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Norwich School and a number of other partners who care passionately about providing opportunities for the next generation.