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Information and advice for young people in Suffolk


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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 Young Person's Worker or Early Help Coach.

If you're 16-18 and not in education, employment or training (NEET), you can get 1-1 help and support from a Young Person's Worker or Early Help Coach. They will be able to work with you to explore your options and offer advice and guidance - maybe things you haven't thought of before. 

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

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 and Apprenticeships

A traineeship is an education and training programme for up to 6 months with lots of work experience that is focused on giving you the skills and experience that employers are looking for and which often leads to an apprenticeship. It includes:

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

Find out more about traineeships.

Are you thinking an apprenticeship is the way forward, then Apprenticeship Suffolk is there to help you! We have lots of information in our Apprenticeships area, and for further information or to register with the service go to the Apprenticeships Suffolk website. 

Programmes to get into learning or work

There are lots of programmes to help you get back into learning, work or training. Independent Training Providers offer shorter programmes and there is sure to be one that will suit you! Take a look at some of the options below and view the full list by downloading the Service Provider leaflet.

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.

Work Well Suffolk. The partners provide a range of free activities to young people (18+) to support them in gaining confidence, experience and new skills to enter the world of work., further details are on their website or ask at the Job Centre.

Inspire Suffolk run various programmes to help you get where you want to be.

Wellbeing: Inspire Suffolk’s wellbeing service offers free over-the-phone and virtual counselling to young people, aged 16-25 in Suffolk, who need someone to talk to. For more information or an initial assessment, please contact or call/text 07568 107 877.

Inspire also offer the:

Princes Trust TEAM programme – a 12 week course (email Naomi and

Step Up courses – 2 weeks of engaging activity and support for young people wanting to move onto and apprenticeship (email Peter

Visit their website or email them to find out more:

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.

Are you thinking an apprenticeship is the way forward, then Apprenticeship Suffolk is there to help you!  For further information or to register with the service go to…


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