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North Essex Opportunities

Please contact your adviser Lisa Judge 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 - North Essex.


New Opportunities

MPCT Military Academies
Take a next step to a career on the Armed Forces. Colchester Army Reserve Centre for 16+.
No fixed start dates - No qualifications required for entry - Bursary (for those eligible).

  • ETCAL Level 2 in Preparation for Military Service
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry to Uniformed Services
  • Functional Skills - Entry Level 1 to Level 2 English and Maths

Keep in Touch Days: 26 April, 31 May 2024 and 19 July 2024

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other learners, meet the instructors and experience first-hand how you will learn the MPCT Way. To book your place please call Learner Support on 0330 111 3939 or email

Please see the prospectus on their website for further information.

Nova Training
Nova Training have study centres in Clacton and Colchester. 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.

Clarion Futures - Colchester

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

Course Dates: Mid April 2024

Wilderness Foundation

Brave Futures is a nature-based group therapy programme for children, teens and adults 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 programmes for Colchester & Tendring cohorts: 3 June 2024, 17 & 19 September 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

Adult Skills Centre (Colchester Institute)

  • Functional Skills Maths and English courses for 16-17 and 18+, as well as other courses.
  • CSCS Card course. Free training, just £36 payment for card required.

Signals Essex Media Centre Ltd - A centre for creative digital learning.
They specialise in film education, digital art and use media production for social, learning and creative outcomes.
Their community projects enable disadvantaged groups to work on production projects, giving participants digital media skills and most importantly a voice.

Fire Cadets
Fire Cadet applications will open 1 April until 30 June 2024. This will be for a cohort which will start our new 40 week programme in September. The Cadet programme is a nationally recognised three-year programme run by our Prevention team at six fire stations across Essex for young people aged 13 - 17. We currently have 18 Fire Cadets Units at Clacton, Dovercourt, Great Baddow, Harlow, Orsett and Southend.



Boxing For Fitness - Harwich

Looking for a new way to get active in Harwich? Why not join our new weekly boxing for fitness sessions. The first session will be free and then all other sessions will be £2 each. All levels of experience are welcome, and Gloves and pads are provided.
We also offer 1 to 1 sessions for anyone who wants to build their confidence before the group sessions.

When: Every Friday starting Friday 8 March 2024
Contact: David on 07519 200686 for more details.



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 that you apply as soon as possible. Most open events have ended, but some providers are offering virtual tours or advice days. Please see links below to local colleges:

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Colchester institute currently have an number of apprenticeship vacancies available - some are included below but you can search by industry sector on their website.

Apprentice Groundworker MDS Civil Engineering Limited Halstead Level 2 £16,640 per annum Closing: 26 Jul 2024
Mechanical Engineering Apprentice Maycast-Nokes Precision Engineering LTD Halstead Level 3 £10,982.40 to £21,673.60 per annum Closing: 26 Jul 2024
Early Years Apprenticeship Busy Bees Day Nurseries Colchester Level 3 £11,830 per annum Closing: 30 Sep 2024
Apprentice Business Developer Howden Joinery Limited Colchester Level 2 £15,000 per annum Closing: 06 May 2024
Dental Nurse Apprentice The Smile Clinic Ltd Colchester Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 30 May 2024
Dental Nurse Apprentices Thomas & Joseph Limited Colchester Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 30 May 2024
Childcare Apprenticeship Headstart Colchester limited Colchester Level 2 £15,600 per annum Closing: 01 May 2024
Apprentice Travel Consultant  Hays Travel Limited Colchester Level 3 competitive Closing: 17 May 2024
Pharmacy Assistant Apprenticeship G M Graham Pharmacies Ltd Colchester Level 2 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 21 Apr 2024
Vehicle Service Technician Apprenticeship Lookers PLC Colchester Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 19 Apr 2024
Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Dalau Ltd Clacton Level 3 £20,800 per annum Closing: 31 May 2024
Engineering Technician Apprentice Dalau Ltd Clacton Level 3 £20,800 per annum Closing: 31 May 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.