ACL Discover Summer Magazine

We’re delighted to share with you our new Course Guide for September 2021. It finally feels like Summer has arrived and so has our Summer Discover Magazine!Grab a cold drink, relax and enjoy some wonderful and inspiring stories from the amazing people who make us who we are. Creative and craft ideas Inspiring stories Learner…

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New Course Guide for September 2021

We’re delighted to share with you our new Course Guide for September 2021. Browse our full range of courses and discover opportunities to enhance your career prospects, develop new skills, improve your health and wellbeing, whilst connecting with others in your community. We offer face to face courses in our centres and online courses in…

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ACL Awards 2021 – Nominate now!

The ACL Essex Achievement Awards is an annual event to celebrate the fantastic accomplishments of our learners, partner organisations, and staff. Individual progress of our learners, overcoming personal barriers and becoming a true inspiration to others, is something we love to celebrate. Over the last year our learners and staff have shared so many great…

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Make a coaster!

Textiles tutor Debra has shared this quick and easy coaster tutorial so you can make a coaster with materials you may have laying around. Experiment using scraps of fabric and upcycle old denim jeans or clothing. Or machine stitch on the sewing machine and stitch a zig-zag stitch around the edge and add beads to…

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Food Waste Photography

Article by Rachel, Level 2 Creative Photography Qualification learner I have been passionate about eco concerns for a few years now, and as a result have been learning about the need to waste less of resources on the whole.  Food waste is recognised a key contributor to climate change, so combined with heightened demand on…

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Park Art Competition

I have always doubted my ability but noticed that you had used my picture of Florence Nightingale in your last ACL Discover Magazine which encouraged me to enter the Explore Essex Park Art Competition. Park Art Competition winner In April we partnered up with our friends at Explore Essex and launched the Park Art Competition.…

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My Creative Experience

Over the past year, many of our classes moved online. In the comfort of their own homes, our creative learners were able to flourish and explore their talents. Level 1 Creative Art & Design learner Claire recently shared her experiences with us. “Each week my tutor, Abbie, delivered carefully planned lessons which incorporated many different…

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ACL teams recognised in awards

Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. These awards highlight the benefits of learning, celebrate achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and encourage everyone to embrace lifelong learning. We are proud to announce that our Mental Health Recovery, Family and Community Learning and Supported Learning teams…

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International Nurses’ Day

Today we celebrate International Nurses’ Day. We continue to be grateful for the incredible people who work in healthcare and their selfless contribution to the community. At ACL, we have a range of pathways and opportunities that support you to start or progress your career in nursing. “Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

“I am going to make myself a care plan, I will continue setting myself achievable goals and know the importance of looking after myself.” Feedback from Mental Health Recovery & Wellbeing Learner It’s Mental Health Awareness week and this year’s official theme is nature. Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health. For most of human history,…

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Local Business Week

“As local businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, Local Business Week was set up to celebrate and advise local enterprises to maximise their potential.” We support local businesses Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to support employers to recognise business needs and skills gaps through our new blended delivery model. We complete an…

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Book your hair treatment now!

Our ACL Salon’s have reopened for barbering and hair treatments. The Hair Salon provides learners with the opportunity to work in a realistic working environment and provide you with a professional service. Qualified tutors supervise learners at all times. We have Salons within our centres at Brentwood, Colchester, and Witham. There are a range of…

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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 for a full time business role.…

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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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