Lockdown doesn’t mean you have to put your dreams on hold.
You can continue to learn new skills with our fantastic range of online courses. We use virtual classrooms so that you can interact with other learners and have the focussed support from your tutor. There is also financial support options available.
Are you looking to try something new or take the next step and embark on a creative qualification? Book onto our Tasters and Try It Out sessions to help you decide what’s right for you.
Each session will give you the opportunity to explore topics covered in full courses in addition to trying out a small project.
Courses include: Art, Creative Business, Drawing, Floristry, Photography, Jewellery Making, Music, Textiles, Psychology & Sociology.
Learn at your Leisure
We offer free hour-long online sessions to inspire you to pursue a passion, find a new hobby or develop existing skills and knowledge. We add more sessions all the time, so keep an eye out!
Courses include: Philosophy, Floristry, Languages, History, Mindfulness, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Textiles, Music.
Last year we shared lots of fun activities for you to get involved with such as capturing the perfect photo, learning simple Spanish phrases, Facebook tips, making a Paku Paku fortune teller, cooking a delicious meal with basic ingredients and mastering the ‘lockdown haircut’.
To celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday and to recognise all the incredible people working in healthcare, our tutors shared a range of fun activities to raise funds in support of the NHS charities.
Qualifications & Skills for Employment
Don’t put your dreams on hold! We have adapted our courses to be delivered online. We have a wide range of qualifications to choose from that will help you gain employment or progress onto further education.
Courses include: Access to Higher Education, AAT Accounting, Beauty and Complementary Therapies, Business & Management, , Counselling, Early Years & Education, English and Maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) European Computer Driving License (ECDL), GCSEs, Hairdressing & Barbering, Health & Social Care, and many more…
Get Back into Work
Learn the skills to inspire and empower you to get the job you’ve always wanted. The majority of courses are delivered online and are fully funded.
Courses include: Fast-track workshops, Job Skills (help with searching, applying and interviewing for a job), Being the Best You (support with resilience, confidence and motivation), This Is Your Year (harness the skills you already have, develop others and realise your true potential).
Community & Family Learning
We offer FREE interactive courses to help you negotiate these tricky times. If you are a parent, grandparent or caring for a child or young person living in Essex we have support for you. Courses are delivered LIVE is an online classroom, others are available to take at your pace whenever it suits your family.
English, Maths, Science & Digital
English, maths, digital and science skills play a vital part in our daily lives. Whether applying for a job, helping children with their homework or just reading a newspaper or online article. Our free* English and maths courses will help to blow away the cobwebs, improve your confidence and gain a qualification.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
We offer a space to explore new ways to improve your wellbeing and gain valuable tools to help you navigate your daily life. Our courses help you to understand the effects of nutrition on your wellbeing, manage anxiety, learn techniques on mindful thinking, and will guide you on your journey of personal development. Our expert tutors will be there with you every step of the way for guidance and support.
We offer apprenticeships at levels 2 through to 5 in a range of sectors. Programmes are suitable if you’re leaving school or college, looking for a change of career or already in work but requiring new skills to support a promotion or change of job role.