ACL Essex is challenging the stereotypes of apprenticeships this National Apprenticeship Week

This year, we are keen to bust myths around apprenticeships. We’re busting myths about apprenticeships this National Apprenticeship Week (5-11 February). We’re keen to show apprenticeships are open to all and highlight the varied career opportunities on offer.   Myth: You need to be a school leaver to do an apprenticeship. Fact: You can do…

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Levelling Up fund purchases £60k worth of new STEM equipment for ACL Essex centres

Essex County Council’s Levelling Up fund has paid for £60,000 worth of new STEM equipment for four ACL Essex centres. ACL (Clacton/Colchester/Basildon/Harlow) has received a share of the STEM equipment. The new equipment will provide interactive, practical activities to improve the learning environment for people on STEM and health-based qualifications. Science will be brought to…

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5 Reasons to Study Accounting

Accounting can be a rewarding and interesting career pathway for many, with the wide variety of career options within the accounting and finance industry, it’s likely you’ll be able to find a career to suit your interests. Here are 5 reasons to study an accounting qualification:   Gain an internationally recognised qualification Did you know…

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ACL Essex wins big for sustainable construction programme Retrofit

ACL Essex, part of Essex County Council (ECC), has won an award for their innovative retrofit training programme at the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT)’s annual President’s Awards. The ceremony took place at ADEPT’s Spring Conference and the adult education provider walked away with the Delivering Clean Growth Award, sponsored…

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ACL Essex renews commitment to supporting Essex residents and businesses with new strategy

Adult education provider ACL Essex, part of Essex County Council (ECC), has launched a new strategic plan, outlining their continued commitment and focus to providing a high-quality learning offer that makes a positive difference to the lives of residents and businesses of Essex. By 2025 ACL Essex aims to have increased their support over a…

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6 benefits of apprenticeships to your business

Hiring an apprentice can bring a range of benefits to your business, including: Cost savings: Apprenticeships offer a cost-effective way of recruiting and training new employees. As apprentices are typically younger and less experienced, their wages are lower than those of more experienced workers Tailored training: Apprenticeships allow you to provide tailored training that meets…

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Nightingale Care Bursary success stories – Bethan

Beth is currently working at a company called Lifeways supporting four individuals who have learning disabilities. She is completing a Level 2 Health & Social Care diploma funded through the Nightingale Bursary. To read her full story, please read below:  Why did you decide to do a Health & Care course? I have always had…

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NEWS RELEASE: Funded training available for new starters and existing professionals within the Health & Social Care sector

Funded training available for new starters and existing professionals within the Health & Social Care sector Adult learning provider, ACL Essex, have been awarded additional funds that extend the delivery of The Nightingale Care Bursary across Essex until the end of 2025. The bursary aims to help those who work within the Health & Social…

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Ways to support your child with speech and language development

Article written by Community and Family Learning Tutor, Mary. We all know that the pandemic had a detrimental effect on young children. An Education Endowment Foundation of schools and parents found that children who started school in autumn 2020 needed more support than in previous years. And last year Ofsted said that the lockdowns had delayed social…

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Apprenticeship stories – Mary

Did you know that an apprenticeship could help you go into further education?   Mary, Community Support Worker, is currently completing a Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care pre-apprenticeship. She is then hoping to apply for a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course at university. Read her full story below: Please tell us a little…

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Apprenticeship stories – Emily

Emily joined the Basildon Council rehousing team in 2022 under the Kickstart programme, and has progressed onto a L3 Business and Admin apprenticeships. Read her full story below: Please tell us a little bit about your current role: I am a rehousing apprentice for the allocations team at Basildon Council. My day-to-day duties consist of…

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Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Today we celebrate Inspire Your Heart With Art Day. Although we are inspired everyday by our learners, this day recognises the positive impacts that Art and Creativity can have on our wellbeing. Research shows that participating in creative arts and craft activities can improve your mental health and wellbeing, reduce stress and help you regain…

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NEWS RELEASE: ACL Essex is offering fully funded retrofit training in partnership with The Retrofit Academy

ACL Essex is offering fully funded retrofit training in partnership with The Retrofit Academy Adult learning provider ACL Essex, which is part of Essex County Council, has partnered with The Retrofit Academy to deliver innovative retrofit training to residents of Essex. Those interested in improving the energy efficiency of homes can gain qualifications from Level…

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