Norwich For Jobs: our New Year resolution gains momentum

Norwich For Jobs, the community project in Norwich which has now helped over 1,600 young people into work, has entered 2015 with a bang.


The project brought together over 20 local employers on Friday 9th January to join the effort to get even more youngsters into good opportunities.


Over 160 Norwich and Norfolk firms have already pledged their support and helped get 1,623 Norwich 18-24 year olds into work.  1,364 of these are in jobs, and the remainder in apprenticeships.


Apprentice is pick of the bunch at White House Farm

Tom Thompson, who is 19 from Thorpe St Andrew, is studying for a level 2 Horticulture apprenticeship through EDGE Apprenticeships in Food & Farming, is working at Norwich Pick-Your-Own at White House Farm.

Smallpeice Trust and Hethel Engineering - Get Ahead with Step Norfolk

Introduction and context

The Smallpeice Trust and the Hethel Engineering Centre would like to put forward a unique, exciting one-year project for students in Year 10 where they will discover engineering and a future that is full of excitement, creativity and travel – where every day is different.

Two positive work experience stories from St Edmunds Society



Lewis was a learner with St Edmunds Society who completed a Level 1 Diploma. At the end of his provision, he left St Eds with qualifications but was unable to get a job. He applied off his own back for several jobs and apprenticeships but was unsuccessful. A year and a half after he left St Eds, he approached us for help and asked what he needed to do.

Ray’s story of employing a young person

My business has started to, and is continuing, to turn around since I employed Yanny Overton at the age of 18.


The business had gone through a tough time 2 to 3 years ago, losing business, not getting new clients, and I was considering turning my back on the business, and leaving the Government to finish paying my mortgage and keep me for the rest of my life. However, I decided against that and employed my wife on a part-time basis. Husband and wife working together just doesn’t work, at least not in my case, so I sacked my wife to save my marriage.

Norwich for Jobs supporters NNUH celebrate Apprentices

Hospital bosses celebrate young talent

During National Apprenticeship Week, Executive Directors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) are meeting apprentices to highlight how they make a difference for patients across the hospital.

Director of Nursing Emma McKay, Chief Executive Anna Dugdale, and Director of Human Resources Stephen Taylor,  met apprentices and their mentors in a range of departments both clinical and non-clinical during National Apprenticeship Week.

A young mother was launched into work experience through Avanta & is now employed at Eco green store

Kat, a 23 year old lone parent, participated in a four week Avanta Launch Pad employability course led by James Ing. She had never worked before and was seriously lacking in confidence. She had her little boy at age 18 and apart from doing some courses she had never been able to work until recently. During the course we looked at CVs, application forms, interviews and how to look for work. The main part of the course is confidence and motivational work. She really came out of her shell as the course progressed and volunteered to do a four week placement at Eco green store.

MoCo got to know a young person through work experience & consequently employed him as an apprentice

Michael joined us on work experience. His role was to use his understanding of databases as well as IT hardware and software to help us organise information. Michael added real value to the MoCo team from the outset, showing an interest in the project as well as developing his own skills.

Michael's work placement led to him starting an IT apprenticeship with MoCo through Poultec Training, which involved developing and building a bespoke database.  Michael has very quickly become an integral part of the MoCo team.   

Epos Now support Norwich for Jobs

Epos Now, electronic point of sale specialists and EDP Future 50 company, are strong believers in giving young people the skills and experiences needed to succeed in business.

Norwich for Jobs at the Royal Norfolk Show

Thank-you to the Federation of Small Businesses and EDGE Apprenticeships (Anglia Farmers) for hosting Norwich for Jobs at the Norfolk Show.

The Norwich for Jobs team and volunteers spoke to new local employers as well as catching up with those who have already pledged their support to the movement.


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