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South Essex Opportunities

Please contact your adviser Sarah White or Aaron Wallis, or our team on 0800 707 6384 if you are not in education, employment or training and need support with referrals.

Sarah and Aaron's next Drop-In dates and details are listed below. No appointment needed, just drop-in to discuss options and provision in your local area.

Advice Store - The Basildon Centre, St Martins Square, SS14 1DL (Sarah)

  • Thursday 8 August 2024 (10am to 3pm)
  • Thursday 22 August 2024 - POST GCSE RESULTS DROP-IN (10am to 4pm)
  • Thursday 29 August 2024 - POST GCSE RESULTS DROP-IN (10am to 4pm)


Southernhay Youth Centre - 16-20 Southernhay, Basildon, SS14 1EL (Sarah)

  • Friday 2 August 2024 (10am to 3pm)
  • Friday 16 August 2014 (10am to 3pm)
  • Friday 23 August 2024 - POST GCSE RESULTS DROP-IN (10am to 4pm)
  • Tuesday 27 August 2024 - POST GCSE RESULTS DROP-IN (10am to 4pm)
  • Friday 30 August 2024 - POST GCSE RESULTS DROP-IN (10am to 4pm)


Yellow Door Youth Hub - Poplar Road, Canvey Island, SS8 7BN (Aaron)

  • Wednesday 28 August 2024 - POST GCSE RESULTS DROP-IN (10am to 4pm)
  • Wednesday 11 September 2024 - POST GCSE RESULTS DROP-IN (10am to 4pm)


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

New Opportunities


Debut Training Academy

TCHC Group
GAPS is a study programme that helps young people to take control of their future. It is ideal for those not in employment, education or training (NEET), as it offers the opportunity to improve and gain Maths and English qualifications and gives young people the chance to gain confidence, practical work skills and work experience. Based in Basildon they offer programmes in the following sectors:

  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Health & Social Care
  • Construction Multi-skills
  • Employability & Independent Living
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Nail and Beauty

Please see 2023 Prospectus for further details.
Contact: 01923 698452 or 

Clarion Futures - Basildon
Free CSCS construction training

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

Course Dates: TBC


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

Essex Music Service NEET Project - Basildon
Interested in Music? A 10-week programme working on a Bronze Arts Award qualification. Students will work with two musicians on an area of music that interests them. This could be music technology, music production, song writing or DJ skills. The course involves learning an art form, attending and reviewing a performance, researching a musician or artist that interest them and sharing their new skills with a friend or Tutor.

The Bronze Arts award is a recognised qualification witch nurtures young people's individual interests in arts and culture, building their confidence while equipping them with life skills for education and future employment.

If you have any questions, please do email or call Ollie Colquhoun on 07435662083.

This 10 week programme runs every Monday from 9am -12pm at Southernhay Youth Centre. 


Essex Youth Service Social Prescribers

Improving young people's health and wellbeing outcomes through youth work support and signposting based on the individual needs and priorities. Open to young people in Brentwood and Basildon aged 11 to 17 (see flyer for specific areas and criteria). 6 to 8 early intervention sessions offer support to engage with:

  • Positive activities
  • 1:1 work
  • Resilience building
  • Travel training
  • Working on coping strategies, and more!


Mind - Youthful Wellbeing Support (service for young adults aged 18-25)
Mind - Thurrock and Brentwood (Brentwood & Basildon)
Mind - South East and Central (Castle Point and Rochford)

NHS Talking Therapy
Vita Health Group deliver free talking therapies on behalf of the NHS in Basildon and Brentwood to people aged 16 years and over who can self-refer to the service. Read more and self-refer here or phone 01268 977171.

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. Please see links below to local colleges:


Apprenticeship Vacancies

Nursery Apprentice First Steps Day Nursery Basildon Level 3 £9,984.00 to £17,846.40 per annum Closing: 06 Aug 2024
Apprentice Enrolment Officer The Light Bulb Ltd Basildon Level 2 £12,480.00 per annum Closing: 31 Jul 2024
Business Administration Apprentice Epic Pipework Installation Co Ltd Basildon Level 3 £14,200.00 per annum Closing: 15 Aug 2024
Apprentice Machining Technician Horiba Mira Limited Basildon Level 3 £17,000.00 per annum Closing: 09 Aug 2024
Social Media Content Creator Apprenticeship Basildon Social Enterprise Wickford Level 3 TBC TBC
Business Administration Apprentice Envirosurv Ltd Wickford Level 3  £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 31 Jul 2024
Apprentice Early Years Educator Seymour House Ltd Wickford Level 3 £21,000.00 per annum Closing : 02 Aug 2024
Hairdressing Apprenticeship Secrets Wickford Level 2 £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 30 Aug 2024
Patient Liaison Apprentice Chapel Street Surgery Billericay Level 2 £8,236.80 per annum Closing: 31 Jul 2024
Hairdressing Apprenticeship at Retreat Longstomps Ltd Billericay Level 2 £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 30 Jun 2024
Nursery Practitioner Apprentice Carousel Day Nursery & Pre-school Ltd Billericay Level 2 £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 05 Aug 2024
Apprentice Business & Lettings Administrator Morgan Brookes Ltd Benfleet Level 3  £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 02 Sep 2024
Hairdressing Apprenticeship The Rooms Canvey Island Level 2 £9,984.00 per annum Closing: 31 Jul 2024
Dental Nurse Apprentice Toothcare Ltd Canvey Island Level 3 £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 11 Aug 2024
Dental Nurse Apprentice Sia Banstead Limited Stanford-Le-Hope Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 05 Aug 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 22/07/24. Next update due 01/08/24.