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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.

Drop in to your closest MyGo centre

MyGo is a youth employment service for young people aged 16-24, offering free training, career support and advice. MyGo have centres in Ipswich, Lowestoft, and Stowmarket. There are also MyGo workers in job centres across Suffolk. For more details, take a look at 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.

My options

You might feel stuck at the moment, but there are always opportunities to get back into work or learning. Take a look at the options below to see what you could do:


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.

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.

Programmes with training providers

Independent training providers across Suffolk will have different programmes to help you into work, learning or training. Take a look at our list of post 16 providers,

Work experience/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.


You can start an apprenticeship at any time of the year, and they will be advertised throughout the year. To see what's available in Suffolk, use our apprenticeship search, or download our yojo apprenticeships app.

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