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West Essex Opportunities

Please contact your adviser 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 - West Essex.

New Opportunities

PathwayZ - Employability Programme
Are you 16-18 Years old and not in education, employment or training?
The Youth Service have an 8 Week Employability Programme, supporting young people to remove barriers to securing education, employment or training.

The aim of the programme is for young people to have access to :

  • Careers Information, Advice and Guidance from qualified advisers
  • CV building workshops
  • Employability skills support
  • Interview preparation
  • Information on apprenticeships and jobs
  • Information on education and training opportunities

Qualifications gained whilst on programme are:

  • City & Guilds Level 1 Introductory Award in Employability Skills
  • Emergency First Aid in the Workplace
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene

Where: Xperience Centre Youth Centre, Broadley Road, Sumners, Harlow, CM19 5RD
Starts: Monday 2 October 2023 - Mondays & Tuesdays for 8 weeks, 9:30am-3pm for 8 weeks.

For further information or to sign up please contact: Jo Cuming on 07881310807 or

Stansted Airport Academy
Exploring the Aviation Industry Course
You may wish to boost the chances of employment at Stansted Airport by attending their 10 day NCFE Level 1 in Exploring the Aviation Industry course. This pre-employment programme provides an insight into the aviation industry and aims to develop your knowledge of airline operations and aviation operations on the ground.  The course will be delivered by virtual Classroom and face to face at the Academy.

Course start dates:
Monday 2 October 2023 (inductions 26 or 28 September)
Monday 13 November 2023 (inductions 7 or 9 October)
Monday 4 December 2023 (inductions 28 or 30 November)

Learning Curve 
Hairdressing and Barbering NVQ Level 2 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!

Hairdressing and Beauty NVQ Level 1 Study Programme - Loughton

  • 1 Year course
  • 1 day per week hairdressing - 1 day per week beauty - 1 day per week functional skills
  • Enrolment all year round
  • Enrolment sessions every Monday and Friday at 10am for anyone interested to come in for a chat and look around

Contact our team for a referral: 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.



London Stansted Airport Jobs Fair
Tuesday 10 October 2023 - 10am to 2pm - Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted Airport
Do you want to land a career at London Stansted Airport? Learn more about the enormous range of rewarding opportunities at all levels. Engage directly with employers and find out what they are looking for from applicants to boost your chances of securing employment at the airport. 


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 

Equine Groom Apprentice Diamond Dressage Sawbridgeworth Level 2 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 10 Oct 2023
Estimating and Sales Business Apprentice MDA Contracts Ltd Woodside Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 01 Oct 2023
Electrical/Mechanical Fitter Engineer Apprentice Powerserve UK Limited Harlow Level 3 £9,646 per annum Closing: 08 Oct 2023
Early Years Apprenticeship  Busy Bees  Harlow Level 3 £11,830 per annum Closing: 30 Nov 2023
Dental Nurse Apprentice Hawthorn Dental Practice Ltd Epping Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 29 Sep 2023
Early Years Practitioner Apprentice Beechoak Farm Montessori Pre School Ltd Epping Level 2 £13,561.60 per annum Closing: 25 Sep 2023
Business Administration Apprentice Protech Site Services Ltd Waltham Abbey Level 3 £9,609.60 per annum Closing: 29 Sep 2023
Vehicle Accident Repair Technician Apprenticeship ABL 1 Touch Waltham Cross Level 3 £16,640 per annum Closing; 15 Oct 2023
Proposals Engineer Business Administrator Apprentice Aerzen Machines Ltd Loughton Level 3 £11,076 per annum Closing: 30 Sep 2023
Leisure Team Member Apprenticeship 1Life - Lord Butler Fitness and Leisure Saffron Walden Level 2 £13,304 per annum Closing: 1 Oct 2023
Sports Coach Apprentice Owen Paynter Saffron Walden Level 3 £8,237 per annum Closing: 28 Sep 2023

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 27/09/23. Next update due 09/10/23.