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 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. 

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.

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.

Beacon East is an Education Business Partnership and Careers Guidance Provider working across the East Region. The company’s mission is to develop ‘meaningful relationships between education and business & industry’.

Suffolk County Council 

Suffolk Agricultural Association  is a registered charity promoting agriculture and rural related industries through a year long diary of educational events and by being a force for good and central to all matters food, farming and the countryside in Suffolk. 


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