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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? 2023 Provision Guide - North Essex.


New Opportunities

Clarion Futures
FREE CSCS opportunity for anyone 16 and above unemployed and not in college or training and wants to work in construction.
Course dates: 12 and 15 January 2024 - 9:30 am to 3pm.

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.

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: 23 and 25 January 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 programme starts: 2024 cohort dates TBC

The Learning Shop

  • 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.

Apprenticeship Hub (Essex County Council)
This is a new service which is available to 16-25 year olds living in Tendring (but currently not elsewhere in North Essex). They can offer a bit more support in matching young people with employers that want to recruit young people locally. If it feels like you don’t know where to start or have applied for Apprenticeships in the past but think you need help with your CV or preparing for an interview our Advisers can help.

Contact: 0333 032 2591 or email

North-East Essex Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Health and Social Care employment opportunities for 16-30 year olds - Information Flyer

  • 350 careers - not just doctors & nurses
  • Ongoing learning support
  • Good future prospects
  • Taster days available

Please contact Sandra James -


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.

Early Years Apprenticeship Busy Bees Day Nurseries Colchester Level 3 £11,830 per annum Closing: 31 Dec 2023
Apprentice Quantity Surveyor Training and Apprenticeships in Construction Ltd Colchester Level 4 £13,520 per annum Closing: 30 Nov 2023
Apprentice Virtual PA MyRuby Colchester Level 2 £10.982.40 per annum Closing: 31 Dec 2023
Apprentice Early Years Educator Seymour House Ltd Colchester Level 3 £20,000 per annum Closing: 30 Nov 2023
Dental Nurse Apprentice The Smile Clinic Ltd Colchester Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 29 Nov 2023
Hairdressing Apprenticeship Fatal Attraction Colchester Level 2 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 31 Jan 2024
Hairdressing Apprenticeship Faces Colchester Level 2 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 31 Jan 2024
Accountancy Apprenticeship P J T Frost Colchester Level 2 £10,080 per annum Closing: 24 Nov 2023
Accountancy Apprenticeship P J T Frost Colchester  Level 3 £13,650 per annum Closing: 24 Nov 2023
Receptionist / Administration Apprentice Abbey Fielld Medical Centre Colchester Level 2 £12.870 per annum Closing: 24 Nov 2023
Business Administrator Apprentice Next Chapter Colchester Level 3 £10,269 per annum Closing: 24 Nov 2023
Learning Support Assistant Apprentice St Benedicts College Colchester Level 3 £10,035 per annum Closing: 27 Nov 2023
Dental Nurse Apprentices Thomas & Joseph Limited Colchester Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 28 Nov 2023
Hairdressing Apprenticeship Legends Hair Colchester Level 2 £10,982.40 to £21,673.60 per annum Closing: 08 Jan 2024
Pharmacy Assistant Apprenticeship G M Graham Pharmacies Ltd Colchester Level 2 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 06 Dec 2023
Chef Apprenticeship Toby Carvery Clacton Level 2 £11,684 per annum Closing: 29 Nov 2023
Apprentice Bus and Coach Technician Hedingham & District Omnibuses Ltd Clacton Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 21 Feb 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 23/11/23. Next update due 04/12/23.