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West Essex Opportunities

Please contact your adviser Peter O'Loughlin or our team on 0800 707 6384 if you are not in education, employment or training and need support with referrals.

New Opportunities

Learning Curve 
Hairdressing and Barbering L2 Study Programme - Loughton.

This is a part-time course that will be taught one day a week in the academy, and one day a week at home. It will include practical hairdressing units, as well as employability skills. There are no minimum grades or previous experience required. Immediate start!

Bright Futures
Step into Work: Care Industry - Tuesday 25th April 2023 - East Walk Centre, Harlow, CM20 1JH.

This is a Sector Based Work Academy for people considering working in the Care Industry. This course is being run in partnership with Princess Alexandra Hospital. Generally this provision is for 19+, but please call our team direct to discuss this opportunity further 0800 707 6384.

Shaw Trust
Care and Construction Academies
Through the Academies learners can receive careers planning and guidance support, Health and Social Care or Construction specific training, opportunities to gain work experience, on the job training and wellbeing support to help learners overcome any barriers that prevent them from training and/or gaining employment.

Contact: Care Academy / Construction Academy:

Apprenticeship Hub (Essex County Council)
This is a new service which is available to 16-25 year olds living in Harlow (but currently not elsewhere in West 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

Free Career mentoring for Harlow residents 18+.

Users can find mentors to support them with CV writing, interview preparation, sector insights and settling into a new role. The platform will provide guidance and templates for engaging with one of their 100+ mentors, meaning no experience is necessary.



Bright Futures
CV Workshop Thursday 30th March 2023 - East Walk Centre, Harlow, CM20 1JH.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits available. 
Attendees must bring a basic draft of a CV with dates of employment and education prepared already. 

Contact: 01279 868173 or

College Applications

If you are thinking about further education or an apprenticeship, then I recommend that you attend some of the upcoming open events and apply now to avoid disappointment with late applications. Please see links below to local colleges:

Apprenticeships of the Week

Optical Assistant Apprenticeship Specsavers Harlow Level 3  £10,004.80 per annum
Finance Apprentice New Era Fuels Ltd Harlow Level 2 £16,640 per annum
Community Sports Coaching Apprenticeship Changing Lives Community Services Harlow Level 2 £8,237 per annum
Trainee Youth Support Worker Apprentice Essex County Council Harlow Level 3 £19,631 per annum
Business Administration Apprenticeship Ready Care Services Limited Harlow Level 3 £10,582 per annum
Hairdressing Apprenticeship HOB Salon Ltd Epping Level 2 £10,004.80 per annum
Optical Assistant Apprenticeship Specsavers Epping Level 3 £14,560 per annum
Hair Professional Apprentice Hair 207 Limited Chigwell Level 2  £9,152 per annum
Beauty Apprenticeship The Retreat Beauty & Holistic Therapy Ltd Waltham Cross Level 2 £7,503.60 per annum
Apprentice Wealth Management Administrator Walden Capital Limited Saffron Walden Level 3 £18,000 per annum
Optical Assistant Apprenticeship Specsavers Saffron Walden Level 3 £12,480 per annum
Apprentice Parts Advisor Steven Eagell Toyota Bishop Stortford Level 2 £10,982.40 per annum
Carpentry Apprenticeship P.G.M. Carpentry Contractors Ltd Great Dunmow Level 2 £11,440 per annum

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 27/03/23. Next update due 11/04/23.