Skills Support

Supporting a highly skilled and motivated regional workforce

Creating rewarding jobs is a priority for local authorities and business organisations in Norfolk. However, we also recognise the need to build a strong skills base to meet the demands of our key sectors. That is why we support initiatives across the county to give people the skills to thrive in the 21st century economy.



Leading the skills development drive is the New Anglia LEP. It supports various initiatives to help young people get the skills they need – and to help businesses find and develop skilled employees, including the New Anglia Skills Deal Programme. Other schemes include the  Apprenticeships Norfolk Network , set up by training providers, schools, employers and other organisations including the county council.

As well as many good local schools, academies and colleges; Norfolk has two excellent universities that nurture talented graduates in a range of disciplines.

University of East Anglia is one of the UK’s top 20 universities, with a global reputation for teaching, research and innovation excellence. It has more than 15,000 students and offers around 300 graduate and post-graduate courses, including actuarial sciences, biological sciences, and engineering. Its School of Computing Sciences produces world-leading research, while the Norwich Business School ranks in the world top 150 for business and economics.

Norwich University of the Arts is ranked 10th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. It also won the title of UK’s Best Educational Institution at the renowned TIGA games industry awards 2017. Its graduate and post-graduate courses cover arts, design, architecture, games and media, including BScs in Games Development, Interaction Design and User Experience Design.  

Norfolk also has a number of specialist 6th form colleges and further education colleges. The largest of these is City College Norwich, which runs hundreds of courses ranging from evening classes and vocational qualifications to full-time degrees and professional and postgraduate qualifications.

 For more information on how to find the skills to grow your business, contact Locate Norfolk today.