Free courses at ACL Essex to boost career prospects


ACL Essex is supporting the people across Essex to improve their career prospects with a series of courses. Learners can sign up to a range of pathways, such as Health and Social Care, Education, IT and Management to help them secure their ideal job.

Some of the free courses are aimed at training people to fulfil posts where there are skill shortages, such as in Early Years, and Health and Social Care. Whilst other courses are focused at supporting people to progress in their careers to senior management.

Lisa Jarentowski, Principal, ACL Essex, is encouraging people to sign up. She said: “We offer so many opportunities to boost learners’ skills at ACL Essex. If you live in Essex and want to get on the employment ladder or progress in your career, there’s a course for you.”

To help people access the right course, ACL Essex has compiled a mini guide.

1. Unlock your success with a Level 3 qualification.1

Start a career as an accountant, counsellor, or manager. Work in Health and Social Care, Early Years or Education and get techy with IT and Digital. ACL Essex is offering Level 3 (A-Level equivalent) qualifications for people looking to step into these sectors. If learners do not have a Level 3 qualification, the course could be free. To discover more, visit

2. Get Career Fit with a Skills Bootcamp.2

ACL Essex’s Skills Bootcamps support people who want to build sector-specific skills quickly. Learners can go into Digital Marketing, Project Management or Early Years. The 12-week courses are free of charge, and learners gain one-to-one tutor support plus help with interviews for jobs. To find out more, see

3. Enjoy a rewarding role in care.3

Over 30,000 people work in care across Essex, making it one of the biggest employers in Essex.4 It’s also one of the fastest-growing industries and there’s lots of opportunity to join and get on in the sector. ACL Essex offers qualifications to enter a care role, training opportunities for employees, and leadership courses for those who want to progress to a senior role. The courses are free thanks to Essex County Council’s Nightingale Care Bursary. There is also a bike scheme available to support domiciliary workers. For more, visit

Kickstart a fulfilling career with children.5
Early Years offers a rewarding career path and thanks to Essex County Council’s recently launched £1.4 million Poppins Bursary, there’s free support to train for a career in the sector. Funded by Poppins, learners can gain a qualification or do an apprenticeship to enter the sector. Professional development opportunities are also available for current employees. For those who want to progress in their career, development pathways courses can lead to a career in SEND or Management in Early Years. For more information, see

5. Invest in your future.6

ACL Essex also offers the chance to gain a professional qualification now and pay back fees later. These Advanced Learner Loans are ideal for people who want to gain qualifications to help further their career. The loans are available for Level 3 and university-equivalent (Level 6) qualifications, in areas like accounting, hair and beauty, leadership and management. To find out more about Advanced Learner Loans, visit

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