Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice Apprenticeships are jobs with training, that benefit people of all ages and backgrounds. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, employers may face challenges with hiring new apprentices. How the government is supporting you: The government has introduced incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice. The scheme provides employers…

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Trusting Mind. A poem by David Price

Ethical framework for the counselling professions A skilful introduction to counselling sessions With open arms, you gave us your trust Your care and attention were never unjust From thought to feelings to the way we are perceiving Our bodily actions are impermanent reactions Laid bare on your table for eyes to see Psychoanalysis, CBT, Client-Centred…

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Management Theories: The X and Y theory

Theories are the foundations that underpin great management practice. By studying management theory, we understand better the fundamental aspects that affect today’s manager, from human psychology to organisational strategic operations. There are many theories that have been developed and tested over the decades and we will look at some in detail over the next few…

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Career Resiliency

What is it?  Resiliency is the mindset that allows people to thrive and bounce back after a setback.  Career Resiliency is the mindset that empowers people to pursue their career goals in the face of adversity. When times are tough, it’s tempting to give up. Resiliency is about finding the strength, determination and belief to…

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Degas’ Monotypes

Hello Everyone, My name is Judith White and I teach printmaking and life drawing at Colchester ACL. I’ve been asked to write a blog about the subjects I teach. Not having written a blog before, I was not sure how to go about it. After pondering for a while I decided that I would merge…

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Top Three Management Problems

Written by Julia Morris, Business & Management Tutor, ACL Essex   Management skills are not always something we are born with, but everyone has the ability to learn them. A lot of people find themselves in a management or supervisory position without having had any prior management experience or training. An in-depth knowledge of the…

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Self Care #MentalHealthAwareness

It is important to take care of yourself as well as others. Whether it’s daily, weekly or less frequent, self-care is an important part of maintaining your physical, mental and emotional health. Our Family & Community Learning team have created FREE Self Care During Stressful Times workshops to help keep yourself well. View full range…

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#MentalHealthAwareness Week

It’s #MentalHealthAwareness week and this year’s official theme is #kindness. Small acts of kindness go a long way and mean so much to those who are feeling lonely, anxious or finding it difficult, especially with everything going on. 🌈 Being kind and compassionate is proven to help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing. Doing good does you good!…

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New Accredited courses – Enrol today!

Don’t put your dreams on hold and enrol on an Accredited Course. We have adapted our courses to be delivered both online and remotely.  So whatever the situation, you can #KeepLearning – Browse Qualifications & Skills for Employment courses. We have successfully moved our classroom offer to be delivered online where possible. This ‘blended’ learning…

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Information for furloughed apprentices

We hope you are safe and well. If you have been furloughed as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the updated government guidance on furloughed apprentices was released recently and is as follows: ‘The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows employers to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual…

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Coronavirus latest information and advice

Update: 08/04/2020: Following the latest government guidance, we have moved from classroom-based learning to online and flexible distance learning. We endeavour to deliver learning online wherever possible to support existing learners to successfully complete their courses/qualifications. We have new online and distance learning courses to support individuals, including furloughed workers, to enhance existing and or…

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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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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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