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West Essex Opportunities

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

Aaron's next Drop-In TBC, 10am to 2pm at Hare Street Youth Centre, Harberts Road, Harlow, CM19 4AY. No appointment needed, just drop-in to discuss options and provision in your local area. 



Hare Street Youth Centre - Harberts Road, Harlow, CM19 4AY, 10am to 4pm

  • Tuesday 27 August 2024
  • Monday 9 September 2024


Loughton Youth Centre - 106 Boarders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SB, 10am to 4pm

  • Thursday 29 August 2024
  • Tuesday 10 September 2024


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

New Opportunities


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.

Next course start date: TBC

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

WS Training
New supported learning centre opening in Haverhill.

  • Learn 3 days a week
  • Develop life skills
  • enhance your employability
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Develop your Maths and English

Essex Music Service NEET Project - Harlow
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.

Colas are currently looking for Highways Operatives to join their operational team in safely delivering civil engineering and Highways Projects to predetermined plans, specifications, timescales and budget. For information about Colas and the Harlow project can be found on their Padlet.

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:

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.


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 

Hairdressing Apprenticeship Stuart James Hair Harlow Level 2  £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 31 Jul 2024
Business Admin (Student Support) Apprentice Harlow College Harlow Level 3 £19,978.00 per annum Closing:  26 Jul 2024
Optical Assistant Apprenticeship Specsavers Harlow Level 3  £13,312.00 to £23,795.20 per annum Closing: 29 Jul 2024
Human Resources Assistant Apprentice SES Group Limited Harlow Level 3 £13,312.00 per annum Closing: 11 Aug 2024
Kitchen Team Leader Apprenticeship Willow Harlow Level 3 £18,720.00 per annum Closing: 06 Aug 2024
Personal Trainer Apprenticeship Nuffield Loughton Level 3 £18,735.00 per annum Closing: 02 Aug 2024
Apprentice Accounts Management Position Essex Climate Services Loughton Level 2 £18,000.00 per annum Closing: 31 Jul 2024
Hairdressing  HOB Salons Epping Level 2 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 30 Aug 2024
Business Administrator Apprentice Eco Greenenergy Ltd Epping Level 3 £17,680.00 per annum Closing: 28 Jul 2024
Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Dentex Clinical Limited Saffron Walden Level 3 £10,982.40 per annum Closing: 10 Aug 2024
Apprentice Wealth Management Administrator Walden Capital Limited Saffron Walden Level 3 £18,000.00 per annum Closing: 01 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.