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Mid Essex Opportunities

Please contact your adviser Rachel Head or Nicola Childs, or our team on 0800 707 6384 if you are not in education, employment or training and need support with referrals.

For an overview of the options for post-16 provision in your local area please view our What's Next? 2024 Provision Guide - Mid Essex.

New Opportunities

Momentum Training - Falltricks Hairdressing Academy
Are offering a 9 month study programme in either Hairdressing or Barbering with the aim to convert into an apprenticeship around 12 weeks.

  • Level 1 in Hairdressing or Barbering
  • Opportunity to improve Maths and English if needed
  • Work placement up to 3 days a week
  • Training in the Romford Academy or salons in Chelmsford, Rayleigh, Brentwood, Billericay and Wickford
  • Funding available to help cover travel costs and lunch
  • Hairdressing or Barbering kit provided after 6 weeks

Please contact Billy Moore on 07950327277 or email

Clarion Futures - Chelmsford
Free CSCS construction training

  • 3 day course
  • HSCE Level 1
  • CSCS Test and card included

Course Dates: Mid April 2024

The Prince's Trust 
Please find information below about all the latest programmes in Chelmsford:

  • Team Programme - build confidence, gain qualifications, 2 week work placement (12 week course)
  • Get Hired in Health & Social Care - Our health and social care courses will give you the skills, confidence, and CV to get a job in the NHS or social care sector.
  • Enterprise - Got a business in mind or want to explore an idea? From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we're here to help you become the best entrepreneur you can be
  • Get Started in the NHS - Are you aged 16-30? Looking for a job in Health Care? Mid and South Essex Health & Care Academy are collaborating with the Prince's Trust to provide a supported route into employment for young people aged between 16 and 30 who live in the Mid and South Essex area. Young people participating in the programme will receive personalised support relating to their healthcare career aspirations and can receive advice on the application process, interview tips and techniques and the opportunities available in healthcare in Mid and South Essex.

Nova Training
Nova Training have now re opened their study centre in Colchester and are open to referrals again.  They offer English and Maths up to Level 1, 2 or GCSE if needed, as well as Functional ICT.  Their programmes offers 16-18-year olds the opportunity to gain work experience, apprenticeship opportunities and support into employment. If you are not in employment, education or training and would like to be referred please let us know.

Build Skill - Colchester
Applications available for Construction and Well-being course with a start date planned for the end of November.
Please see their website for more information and contact details on how to apply.

Wilderness Foundation

Brave Futures, a nature-based group therapy programme funded by Braintree Council and Eastlight Community Fund, has been set up to support residents in Braintree District who have experienced grief, trauma, addictions, social isolation, anxiety and depression which has affected their mental health and wellbeing. With our team of expert outdoor group therapists, we have a style of working that offers therapy, tools and strategies for managing trauma, grief, relationships, boundaries, self-care, communication and emotional control, mixed with a range of activities. Activities are varied and include bushcraft, camp cooking, walking, foraging, nature art and craft work for one day a week for 8 weeks. 
Next available programme in Braintree starts: 25 September & 4 October 2024

Out There Wilderness Academy - In small groups students engage in hands-on activities that challenge their minds, develop their social skills, and feed their emotional needs. The programme designed for 13-15 years old to come to our site (Chatham Green, CM3 3FE) for 1 day a week for 6 weeks.
Next 2024 programme starts: 6 June, 19 September, 7 November 2024



First Intuition - Accountancy Summer School - Chelmsford
FI Chelmsford Accountancy Academy will return to our centre in 2024. This FREE event is open to anyone from year 11-13 with an interest in this industry. If you’re considering a career in finance or accountancy or are just curious about whether this industry is a good fit for you, then these two days will help you to make up your mind. You’ll find out more about routes into this industry, what accountants do, meet employers, and get CV and interview tips.

When: 10 and 11 July 2024

Youth Essex Assembly (YEA) Wellbeing Day
The YEA Invites young people aged 11-19 yrs and up to 25 with SEND to their Wellbeing Day

When: Friday 19 April 2024
Where: Chelmer Gate Youth Centre 
Sign up here 



Inspire Wellbeing
Inspire Wellbeing offers free in-person and virtual counselling to young people, aged 10-25 in Suffolk and North & Mid Essex, who need someone to talk to.
Feeling alone, anxious or unable to cope? You are not alone.

Call: 07720 087487 or email:

Mind - Youthful Wellbeing Support (service for young adults aged 18-25)
Mind - Mid and North Essex


College Applications

If you are thinking about further education or an apprenticeship, then we recommend attending an upcoming open day. Please see links below to local colleges, you may need to book your place in advance:


Apprenticeship Vacancies

Warehouse Apprentice Howden Joinery Limited Chelmsford Level 2 £15,000 per annum Closing: 22 Apr 2024
Operations Assistant & Toddler Football Coach Apprentice SR Sports Coaching Limited Chelmsford Level 3 £10,158.72 to £20,048.08 per annum Closing: 29 Apr 2024
Client Experience Manager Apprentice TFP Financial Planning Limited Maldon Level 3 £17,000 per annum Closing: 30 Apr 2024
Apprentice Business Developer Howden Joinery Limited Braintree Level 2 £15,000 per annum Closing: 22 Apr 2024
Light Vehicle Apprentice Kia Motors UK Ltd Braintree Level 3 £13,000 per annum Closing: 30 May 24
Dental Nurse Apprentice Adrian Mohseni Braintree Level 3 £8,236.80 per annum Closing: 30 May 2024
Early Years Apprenticeship Busy Bees Day Nurseries Limited Braintree Level 3 £11,830 per annum Closing: 30 Sep 2024

Please see our apprenticeships page for information and resources to support you in your search. 

Jobs and Volunteering

Please see our jobs and volunteering page for resources to support you in your search. 

* Opportunities on this page were last updated on 17/04/24. Next update due 02/05/24.