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Thrive: Suffolk Skills & Employment Service

Thrive gives adults and young people in Suffolk the tailored support and skills they need to take a first step into employment, education or training.

Bringing together voluntary sector specialist organisations and the county’s community colleges, Thrive provides bespoke support for you to access the right employment, education and training opportunities for you.

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Thrive: a partnership programme

Thrive is led by Suffolk New College.  Thrive for Young People offers a triage and personal development service led by Inspire Suffolk, with additional activity packages from Lofty Heights.

The Thrive for Adults triage and personal development service is led by Access Community Trust in East Suffolk and West Suffolk, and by Anglia Care Trust in Ipswich and Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

Suffolk New College, East Coast College and West Suffolk College offer follow-on Progression Coach services for those who are ready to explore employment and training opportunities.

The Thrive project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  It is delivered on behalf of the Suffolk Local Authorities: Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils, East Suffolk Council, Ipswich Borough Council, West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council.

For information about the delivery of the programme, contact

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Thrive for Young people 16-24

Thrive offers a highly localised and responsive programme designed to address the needs of NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) individuals, giving them the support they need to take a positive next step.

Inspire Suffolk will assess your support needs and listen to your career goals, creating you a personalised support programme. Other support in the programme is delivered by Lofty Heights, Suffolk New College, East Coast College and West Suffolk College.

Working together, we will provide the support, skills, information and advice to enable every young person we support to thrive.

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The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and places, supporting local businesses, and people and skills.

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