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Information and advice for young people in Suffolk

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I've left school and I'm stuck

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Okay so you're struggling to find the right thing, but there are opportunities.

Are you stuck waiting for something positive to happen? Bored at home? Parents demanding you bring money into the house...

The information below lists some of the options available to you if you've left school and didn't quite get the grades you wanted or aren't sure what to do next.

Get help from a youth support worker

If you're 16-19 and not in education, employment or training (NEET), you can get 1-1 help and support from a Youth Support Worker. They will be able to work with you to explore your options and offer advice and guidance. 

To find out how to get in touch with a Youth Support Worker in your area, take a look at our page on help and support in Suffolk

There is a MyGo job centre for young people in Lowestoft. For more details, go to our page on help and support in Suffolk

I need some money to help pay for training 

There are a few schemes to help some groups of young people who want to do a course or training but need help to pay for fees and equipment. You can find out more on our finance page.

Traineeships

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving you the skills and experience that employers are looking for. It includes:

  • work preparation training
  • English and maths for those who need it
  • a high quality work experience placement.

Find out more about traineeships.

Programmes to get back into learning or work

There are lots of programmes to help you get back into learning, work or training. Take a look at some of the options below:

The Princes' Trust

The Princes' Trust Team Programme is a 12 week programme which supports young people aged 16-25 to move into employment, education or training. The programme is packed with activities to increase your confidence, motivation and self-esteem. Programmes take place across Suffolk in Ipswich, Lowestoft, Haverhill, Newmarket, Leiston and Sudbury.

Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap is a partnership of seven organisations led by Community Action Suffolk. The partners provide a range of free activities to young people (aged 15-24) to support them in gaining confidence, experience and new skills to enter the world of work. Programmes take place across Suffolk, further details are on their website.

Talent Match

If you're 18-24, live in Ipswich or Waveney and have been unemployed or out of education for a year, you can receive free 1-1 support with Talent Match. Talent Match can help you with CVs and interviews, and can even find you paid work placements and offer bursaries.

Work experience and volunteering

If you're not currently in employment, education or training, a great way to get into something positive is through work experience or volunteering.

Gaining work experience - getting some work experience and improving your skills will look great on your CV and boost your chances of getting a job or work with training.

Volunteering - volunteers have a 27% better chance of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. You'll also gain new skills, meet new people and gain invaluable experience.

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