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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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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