ACL Charity of the Year

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…

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Gavin Jones visits ACL Chelmsford

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…

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ACL Apprenticeship Stories: Henry

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…

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ACL Apprenticeship Stories: Jenna

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…

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ACL Apprenticeship Stories: Maria

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…

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ACL Apprenticeship Stories: Billy

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…

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Spot the ACL bus!

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 – acl.nostoppingme@essex.gov.uk, 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!

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Supported Learning Calendars

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…

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ACL Awards 2019

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…

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Tutor Stories: Teaching Drawing

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…

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Want to Study at Degree Level?

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…

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ACL Witham Awarded Dementia Friendly Status

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…

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GCSE Results Day 2019

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…

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