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ACL Essex releases guide to re-energising your career during National Careers Week 2024

This year, the adult education provider is giving top tips to show people how to build the career they’ve always wanted.

During National Careers Week (4-9 March), ACL Essex is showing people how they can improve their job prospects with a range of courses.

Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said, “National Careers Week is a great time to look at your career goals. Whether you need to build skills or want to move to a new role in a specific sector, ACL Essex has a course for you. Many training opportunities are free. Plus, courses are flexible to fit around you and your lifestyle.”

ACL Essex has provided top tips to help people across the county to re-energise their career:

  1. Try flexible learning to fit around work and family commitments:

For people who have existing responsibilities, ACL Essex provides a range of flexible learning courses. These online and hybrid courses can fit around busy lifestyles and can be completed at a time that suits the learner. ACL Essex also offers flexible accredited courses at various levels and some are fully funded. To find out more about flexible learning courses, visit

  1. Boost your career in the health and care sector with the Nightingale Care Bursary:

Free training is available for people who want to boost their job prospects in the health and care sector. The Nightingale Care Bursary, funded by Essex County Council, is a free set of courses for existing health and care employees or those wishing to enter the sector. With qualifications from levels 2 to 5, the courses support people in their role within the health and care sector or help to improve their skills to enhance job prospects and gain a promotion. To find out more about the Nightingale Care Bursary and how to apply, visit

  1. Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship:

It’s widely thought that apprenticeships are just for school-leavers. However, they are for anyone who want to gain valuable experience and earn while they learn. Whether leaving school or college, looking for a career change, or wanting to develop skills in a current role, an apprenticeship could be a great option. There are over 30 apprenticeships in different subject areas available at ACL Essex. To find out more about apprenticeships at ACL Essex, visit

  1. Refresh your employability skills:

ACL Essex also offers support with vital employability skills. They can help learners to find the right job, support with CVs, the application process and interviews, and help encourage wellbeing and soft skills, like managing resilience. With courses like ‘What Other Job Can I Do?’ and ‘Your New Vision In Life Or Career’, learners can find exactly what they need to re-energise their career this year. To find out more about employability skills courses at ACL Essex, visit

  1. Boost your skills quickly with 12-week Skills Bootcamps:

To help build skills quickly, ACL Essex offers Skills Bootcamps. These short courses help learners to boost valuable sector-specific skills in a 12-week period. Learners benefit from tutor-led online sessions with one-to-one support. Courses are free and flexible, and available to those who are aged 19 and over and meet eligibility requirements. Programmes are available in digital marketing, project management (construction) and early years. To find out more, visit

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