We recently asked our staff to vote for the 2020 ACL Charity of the Year. The charity with the most votes was Alzheimer’s Society. Although all charities are deserving, we wanted to focus on one charity each year to maximise the support and fundraising opportunities for this charity. We’ve already had some great fundraising ideas sent…Details
Gavin Jones, CEO of Essex County Council, swapped roles for the afternoon and helped out in ACL Chelmsford on Wednesday 12th February as part of his ‘Back to the Floor’ campaign. He joined our Student Services Team in reception, become a Learning Support Assistant in one of our GCSE classes and read our Little Learners…Details
Before joining ACL, Henry completed two apprenticeships and a range of CPD qualifications. Henry has now secured a full-time position as a Data Officer in ACL’s Commercial team. Why did you decide to undertake an apprenticeship? I decided to take an apprenticeship when I left school because the college environment isn’t really for me but…Details
Jenna completed a Level 3 Customer Service apprenticeship with ACL, alongside her role at Essex County Council. We met up with her to talk about the impact completing an apprenticeship has had on her career development and also her personal development. “This has really supported my career development as I am able to continually develop, and…Details
After joining ACL as an apprentice, Maria has progressed to the position of Centre Lead for our Colchester centre. Hear how an apprenticeship helped her career progression after leaving college. Why did you decide to undertake an apprenticeship? When I left college I wanted to gain a job as well as undertake a qualification, so…Details
Last week, we caught up with Billy, Distribution & Installations Manager at ECL, to talk about how an ACL Apprenticeship has helped him achieve so much in his career so far. Billy started at ECL in 2009 and was offered the warehouse Level 2 distribution and storage apprenticeship. He passed and then went on to complete a…Details
Did you know, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental illness every year… Here at ACL we offer FREE health and well-being courses to help you improve your mental wellbeing. January is known to be one of the most difficult months of the whole year and we have put together 10 tips to help…Details
Have you spotted our new bus adverts? If so here’s how to get involved… So, If you spot the ACL bus and send us a picture – email@example.com, you could win a range of prizes including: – ACL taster courses– Beauty treatments– Hair colour/cut– Donation to local charity of your choosing. Good luck!Details
Learners in the Supported Learning Art for All class in Brentwood produced some fantastic artwork that has been made into these wonderful calendars. The learners have a range of different disabilities and difficulties and have worked extremely hard on producing this artwork with minimal support. All proceeds from the sales of the calendar is going…Details
Thank you to everyone who submitted their artwork to the Christmas card competition. We put the entries to a judging panel and the winners can be seen below. It is amazing to see the amount of creative talent we have within ACL and we would like to thank everyone for their entries. Massive congratulations to…Details
Working alongside Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex, we hosted an afternoon tea event at ACL Colchester. The event was attended by members of the local community and students from our Supported Learning courses to encourage engagement and employability skills. It was great to see so many of those who attended sharing stories and…Details
ACL would like to congratulate all our learners and staff who received an award at the ACL Achievement Awards. We are so proud to have such a passionate community at ACL that shows tremendous support for individuals that have made outstanding progress in their learning, overcoming personal barriers, and for being a true inspiration to…Details
We had a brilliant time at the Rayleigh Christmas Lights Switch On last night. Our craft corner was a huge success and was great to speak to so many about our upcoming courses in Rayleigh. We also met Cllr Robin Dray, Chairman of Rochford District Council – thank you for hosting a brilliant event.
by Abbie Cairns Teaching drawing can be daunting, mostly due to our preconceived ideas of what drawing is. My course, ‘Exploring Drawing and Illustration’ has a strong emphasis on the ‘exploring’ part of the title. Within the sessions learners explore drawing techniques. There is a focus on ensuring that learners understand the techniques, and the…Details
We’re here today in County Hall, Chelmsford (library entrance) for Essex County Council’s #MentalHealthAwareness event. We’re joined here by Canine Concern, Samaritans, Micobiome and many other organisations that offer mental health support to people in our community. Come along have a chat and enjoy some cake!
Huge congratulations to Barry Marsden who is recognised as someone who makes a real difference to learners through his hard work and commitment at the Essex County Council You Make the Difference in Essex Awards last Thursday. Watch the shortlisting video here. Great to see some of our learners in the video!
Regardless of your past achievements, grades, or personal circumstances, ACL could help you get there. What can you study? We offer Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diplomas in Science & Social Science. Haven’t studied for a while? Don’t worry – we also offer a Level 2 Pre-access course to help you prepare for your…Details
Today is World Teachers’ Day and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful tutors and staff. Your continued dedication is a constant inspiration to the communities of Essex.#WorldTeachersDay#EducationForAll#ProudToTeach
On 18th September, ACL Witham were awarded Dementia Friendly Status. Alzheimer society state that ‘A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported. In a dementia-friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the…Details
We are the proud to be sponsoring the EWT photography competition. It is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all levels to submit their work and have the chance to win £200. There are a range of categories including: A Wildlife Motion Picture EWT to a Tee Gardener’s World Pattern and Texture Smart Work Young…Details
Well done to our learner’s who are celebrating brilliant results this year. Adult learners who attend ACL Essex are celebrating with overall pass rates of 99.2%. 84.8% of those who took an English GCSE, 72.8% of those who took Mathematics GCSE, 73% of those who took Biology GCSE and 100% of those who took Computer…Details