Norfolk has a strong skills base supporting each of its key sectors. Creating jobs is a key priority for Norfolk, but hand in hand with that objective is the need to have a highly skilled and motivated regional workforce.
The New Anglia LEP is bringing together business, education, sector specialists and policymakers: building on the good work done to date and helping to shape a cohesive skills strategy and action plan. This plan, called the Skills Manifesto and can be found on New Anglia’s website.
Supported by Norfolk County Council, the Apprenticeships Norfolk Network has been set up to make it easier for employers and young people to find out more about Apprenticeships. Network members include training providers, schools, employers and other organisations that all work in partnership to make sure they provide excellent help and support to everyone looking to become or recruit an apprentice.
Broadland District Council have been promoting and delivering apprenticeships in the Broadland area for over 30 years. They recently made the decision to no longer deliver foundation training within Broadland Council Training Services (BCTS), and as a result the specialist training offered for apprenticeships in Broadland will now operate as Apprenticeships Broadland.
Norfolk offers a wide range of educational opportunities through its primary, secondary, further and higher education facilities. It is also home to the world renowned University of East Anglia, famous for its teaching, research and innovation. The University of East Anglia has over 13,000 students studying on campus. It offers a choice of over 300 courses including environmental sciences, biological sciences, information systems and development studies. UEA is ranked amongst the top three for student satisfaction according to the first National Student Survey and in the top 20 in the UK by the Sunday Times.
Norwich University of the Arts is also leading the way in student satisfaction. It has recently been voted as the joint top specialist art and design university in the country by students in the National Student Survey. The College offers a range of courses in arts, design and media from degree through to doctoral level. There are six further education colleges, including an agricultural and horticultural college, providing a range of vocational and academic courses for young people and adults.
City College Norwich (CCN), one of the UK's largest further and higher education colleges, also runs hundreds of courses, ranging from evening leisure courses to full-time degrees, professional and postgraduate qualifications. CCN is connected with the University Technical College in Norfolk (UTCN) which specialises in subjects where there is a shortage of skills. These include Engineering, Manufacturing, Health Sciences, Product Design, Digital Technologies, and the Built Environment. UTC Norfolk has a particular focus on the advanced engineering and energy sectors and a practical skill development and work experience programme will provide a sound educational foundation for any student who has an interest in Engineering, Science, Maths or Computing careers.