Being work ready?

Being work ready is absolutely essential for our students to achieve their dream career in today's competitive job market.

To ensure they have additional skills which will set them apart from other applicants and put them in as strong a position as possible, Suffolk New College has developed the ePASS - your route to employability.

Our students will have the opportunity to earn Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 'badges' as evidence of competency achieved in employment skills. The standard required to attain each of these levels has been set following employer research and so reflects the attributes that businesses are looking for. They will be able to highlight their ePASS as part of a job application and take it with them to interviews to show future employers that they are able to operate in a working environment and be an asset to their business.


Communications Skills, including ethics


Maths, English and Digital Literacy Skills

Personal Presentation



Positive Work Ethic

"IBC welcomes the introduction of the 'ePASS' for Suffolk New College students applying for jobs in the area. It will enable employers - including the Borough Council - to see the extent to which applicants have a more rounded skill base in support of their academic or vocational achievement." Russell Williams, Chief Executive of Ipswich Borough Council