ACL Discover Spring Magazine

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Discover Magazine, available for free online and to pick up from supermarkets, our centres and libraries across Essex – while stocks last! Our first edition is jam packed with creative and craft ideas, inspiring stories, showcasing learner work, helpful tips, upcoming courses, and competitions. ACL Discover Magazine…

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National Skills Level 3 Adult Offer

Are you over 24? Get a Level 3 qualification fully funded through the National Skills Level 3 Adult Offer. From April 2021, any adult aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification, will be able to enrol on specific fully-funded courses instead of applying for an Advanced Learner Loan. This means that…

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Support to Access Online Census

ACL is an official #Census21 Support Center. We’re offering free and friendly support to anyone who needs it at locations across Essex. The Census Support Centres are funded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and managed by Good‌ ‌Things‌ ‌Foundation,‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌UK’s‌ ‌leading‌ ‌social‌ ‌change‌ ‌charities. This partnership‌ means‌ ‌that‌ ‌people‌ ‌can…

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Community & Family Learning Newsletter 26th March 2021

View the latest Community & Family learning newsletter for upcoming events, activities and other news. Latest courses to support parents, grandparents, carers and anyone supporting young people in Essex based on a thematic offer including: Wellbeing – mental health support, exercise and nutrition, mindfulness, and financial wellbeing Parenting English and Maths Qualifications and Employment Specialist…

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Reopening our centres from 8 March

As you will be aware, the government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown. Most importantly the roadmap lays out a route to seeing our family and friends, and allowing us to get back out into the real world enjoying face-to-face activities. This includes face-to-face…

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Apprenticeship Stories: Leon

Leon joined the ACL Commercial team as a Business Administration Apprentice and has been supporting the Business Development team to engage with businesses, learners, and organisations to promote ACL opportunities. Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship? I decided to start an apprenticeship because I didn’t feel ready and for a full time business…

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Time to Talk Day

We shouldn’t need a reason to check on one another’s wellbeing, but Time to Talk Day is a great reminder of how important it is. Mental health problems affect one in four of us in any given year, yet there are still so many that are made to feel that it’s a sign of weakness…

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Apprenticeship Stories: Jane

Through ACL Apprenticeships, Jane was able to upskill her own staff and create “future leaders”. The Apprenticeship programme has had a positive impact on her business – her staff have grown and developed with her business. Jane’s business My Life Choice provides personalised care and support to people with Autism and Learning Disabilities in Colchester,…

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Apprenticeship Stories: Claire

Claire is a Learning & Organisational Development Officer for Basildon Council, who have been recruiting and upskilling their employees with ACL for the past 8 years. We asked her some questions about why she would recommend the ACL Apprenticeships programme to other local authorities and businesses. Why did you choose an apprenticeship for your organisation…

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Remote Education Offer

Should a learner need to self-isolate or local restrictions require them to stay at home and a course is not already being delivered by online learning, ACL Essex will continue to respond rapidly and provide the following: Adult learners including 16-19 learners – a move to online delivery using ACL platforms. Where a learner is…

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Gifts for the elderly

“How inspiring it is for the younger generation to want to do something to for the older generation, multi-generational working is key in these difficult times” Christine Horn, Dementia Team Leader at Age Concern ACL Supported Learning learners have been working hard to support the elderly community in Colchester who are supported by Age Concern…

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5 benefits of online learning

Thinking about enrolling on an online course? But not sure what it might be like? Here’s a look at five benefits of online learning. 1. It is more interactive than you think Online learning does not have to be isolating, many online courses can offer features that let you, as a learner, engage with other…

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More than just a course

We are committed to supporting our learners during their studies and throughout their journey with us. With ACL, you don’t just enrol on a course! You gain access to a wide range of resources and support to help you develop your skills in other areas. These opportunities are FREE and can be completed alongside your…

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Christmas Card Competition 2020

It’s nearly that magical time of year again, and what better way to celebrate than sharing all your wonderful Christmas themed art, creations and photography. Enter our Christmas Card Competition for a chance for your artwork or photography to be showcased on our website and printed material. You will also win a free arts and…

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“What is life stupid without?”

We were were sent a message from Michelle, one of our Supported Learning Community Art tutors who was exploring art and discussing the philosophy of life with her students. It is an inspiring read that shows the positive impact courses have on people’s lives.  “On Wednesday in Community Art, we were exploring Tyree Guyton as…

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World Mental Health Day 2020

“I found the course really broad as well which was great – I have gained a lot. It’s been a kind of support mechanism, and encouraged me to move forward with little valuable steps in my resilience. “ Feedback from Mental Health Recovery & Wellbeing Learner, June 2020 The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day…

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Where could a camera lead you?

Whether you’re using a smartphone or digital camera, everyone has the ability to take a great photograph. We met up with a couple of our past learners, Ashely Meerloo and Leisl Febbraio, to see where their Photography skills have taken them. Ashley has felt re-invigorated after his course and his passion for capturing life’s moments…

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Routes into Nursing

ACL Essex is offering an exciting new programme to enable individuals to access a Nursing Associate Apprenticeship in the Tendring District. The programme has been approved by the Suffolk & North East Essex (SNEE) NHS Trust to create an alternative pathway into nursing careers. The Apprenticeship will start in 2020 and run over 5 years.…

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Safety Guidance when visiting centres

Please ensure you follow the below guidance when visiting our centres. When entering an ACL Building, please: If you believe you may have any of the Covid-19 symptoms, please do not attend. You will need to self isolate and arrange for a test. Details can be found on: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection  Please do not enter the building until…

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Our Safety Plan

At ACL we have made sure we have complied with the Government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.  Our safety plan includes: We have carried out a COVID-19 Risk Assessment and shared with those who work for ACL. Staff have all completed a COVID-19 Safety course as part of Essex County Council policy as…

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Reopening ACL Essex Centres

In September, we welcomed back to centres Supported Learning learners and those who are starting their journey to develop either English, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Maths or Digital Skills. Over the Summer break, the first learners to return to our centres were those identified by the government as priority learners that have yet…

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Illustration Competition

We were amazed by the number of stories we received as part of our Short Story competition. We hope you’ve all had a chance to read these fantastic stories. We are now launching our Illustration Competition! We want you to submit your artwork which has been inspired by one of our 3 winning stories: Hold-Up…

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GCSE Results 2020

We’re incredibly proud of everyone collecting their results this year. Even though this has not been the year everyone thought it would be, our students continued to work hard up until when their exam would have taken place, knowing it was for their own benefit. If you are considering enrolling on a GCSE course, more…

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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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