Norfolk’s largest skills and careers festival set to welcome record number of students

A record 6,000 students have registered to attend the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival at The Norfolk Showground on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March. Now in its fourth year, Norfolk’s only major careers festival, is a yearly interactive event aimed at 14-24 year olds to help inspire them for their future career.

Supported by Aviva, BT, Bateman Groundworks, Breckland Council, RG Carter, Easton & Otley College, Chadacre Agricultural Trust, Lovell, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Norfolk County Council and Morgan Sindall, the festival brings together job seekers, employers, support and training services together to help school and college leavers discover the huge range of career opportunities that are available, both within the county and right across the country.

Over 100 businesses will be in attendance with a host of new exhibitors including Lockheed Martin UK Aero, Open Reach, Mills & Reeve, Go Ape, Shadwell Estate and The National Stud. There will also be a wide selection of colleges, training organisations and apprenticeship opportunities showcasing their courses and programmes
In addition to the array of careers on offer, the festival will provide practical help, advice and workshops for those looking to develop their skills, including help on CV writing, interview techniques and job applications.

The Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival is organised by partnership between Norfolk County Council, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA), Easton and Otley College, City College Norwich, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia LEP, Norwich School and Beacon East.

Commenting on the event, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association Chief Executive, Greg Smith, said:

“We’re delighted to be welcoming a record number of students, schools and businesses to the fourth Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival. To date the festival, which is free to attend, has provided great opportunities for over 20,000 students to engage with prospective employers, education and training providers.”

“The festival has a strong track record with 74% of students saying it has helped them with deciding on their future careers. Over the last few years it has successfully placed hundreds of local people into local jobs and training schemes. It’s been a win, win for everyone.”

New Anglia LEP and partners will also be relaunching the Youth Pledge at the festival to all businesses in the area and are inviting them to get behind the Youth Pledge.
The Youth Pledge is a regional commitment made by stakeholders across both the public and private sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk to further the prospects of young people (16 to 24 years old). Its vision is to see: “Every young person in Norfolk and Suffolk getting the support they need to get into education, training, an apprenticeship or job within three months of leaving education or employment.” Employers play a vital role in creating work experience opportunities and helping young people advance their career prospects. To find out more about the Pledge and how your business can get involved visit

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP, said: “We want every business in Norfolk and Suffolk to sign up to the New Anglia Youth Pledge. Improving the availability and quality of apprenticeships and work placements will help narrow the skills gap we face both now and in the future. The growth we want to see across the region and especially in Clean Energy, ICT and Digital and Agri-Food can only be delivered if we meet the demand for higher skilled jobs in these sectors and others. It’s up to all of us to work to make that happen.”

For more information on the festival, how to register and a full list of employers attending please go to the website