How can you support Norwich Opportunity Area?

One of our ambitions is that all children in Norwich have the information, skills and support they need to move into successful careers and go as far as their talents and drive will take them. This relies on volunteers to share real world experiences and inspire children about the future.

How can you help?

Give an hour to talk to students about your job in a local primary school

Contact Katie @

Mentor a Year 11 student to talk through their ideas for the future and build confidence

Contact Rebecca @ Your Own Place

Help with enterprise activities, CVs or career inspiration sessions at secondary schools

Contact Madeleine @

For adults with SEN or disabilities – act as a role model by talking to students about your career journey

Contact Chris @

Become an Enterprise Adviser

Volunteer business leaders work directly with a school’s leadership team to enhance careers and enterprise learning

Contact Madeleine @

Offer a work place visit or placement

We aim for all students to access a meaningful experience of the workplace. Some young people can struggle to organise this for themselves.

Contact Charlene @


Year 12 Dragon’s Den Careers Event – Wednesday 25th March 2020

What’s your problem? That’s what businesses are being asked ahead of a Dragon’s Den-style event for Norwich students. Do you have a wicked issue to solve, or know someone who would? 

Organisers want local companies to help set a challenge based on a past or current business problem faced.  100 selected students can spend the day tackling your business problem and coming up with innovative solutions.  Ideally it will be linked to something topical such as the environment, innovative tech, human rights or something which is relevant to one of the region’s key industries and our young people.  The business that sets the task will be asked to be one of the dragons on the day and possibly even allow the winning team to visit their business, perhaps even helping to implement the solution they come up with.  The event is part of the Norwich Opportunity Area’s drive to increase employer engagement and raise the career aspirations of our young people.

Many primary and secondary schools in Norwich also run their own upcoming careers activities and are looking for volunteers – how can you help?

Autumn Term Calendar

Spring Term Calendar

Full Summer Term Calendar to follow shortly! A few events below …

University Technical College

2nd April, 4-7pm – Understanding Technical Careers Now. Employers promoting technical careers by hosting a stand, as well as careers talks from apprentices. Contact

29th June, 9am-3pm – Get Ready for Your Future – Internal Careers Day. Employer speed networking and “meet the apprentice” sessions. Contact

West Earlham Community Careers Sessions

Looking for volunteers to play the role of mystery guests – ideally people who are in roles that may not be typical to their gender and are busting traditional stereotypes. Volunteers are needed for half an hour either from 4.20pm or 5.20pm on Thursdays – March 26th, May 21st and June 25th in West Earlham. We need 2 guests for each evening.  The participants of the project will ask them questions which they can only answer yes or no to and have to guess what they do.   Contact Sally to find out more –