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Plan B

Are you aged between 16 and 24 and not in college, work or training? If so, we can help you gain the skills you need for an apprenticeship or a job.

What is Plan B?

Plan B is a 10-week programme that maximises your potential and prepares you for the future. It runs three days a week and can be done at centres across Essex. During the programme you will get:

  • a work experience placement related to your preferred career
  • the opportunity to learn valuable work skills
  • a chance to refresh your English and maths
  • sessions that will help improve your self-esteem, motivation and the confidence to make decisions.

Gain qualifications

You will also be able to gain qualifications in:

  • City & Guilds Level 1 Unit 403 Employability Skills – which includes CV writing, job hunting and interview techniques
  • Maths and English
  • Level 1 Health and Safety In The Workplace
  • Level 2 Customer Services Award

Why you should do it

  • It's three days a week for just 10 weeks
  • You can do it at youth centres across Essex
  • 8 out of 10 people who do it go on to get a job or college place
  • We can also help with transport costs if needed

“Plan B helped me get back on track from not knowing what I wanted to do and made me realise I have people who can support me even after the course had finished.” Charlotte, Chelmsford Plan B

New Plan B course starting week commencing in February 2021

3 days per week for 10 weeks, Now taking referrals


Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have completed statutory education (off school roll last Friday in June)
  • 16 – 24 years old
  • Not already have a L3 qualification
  • Ideally not have a L2 (Grade C or 4 in new grading structure) or above in Maths and English (YP can be offered a place but would not need to attend functional skills days and we would not be funded for this element of the programme)
  • Not currently enrolled on any other training programme
  • Not completed a traineeship before
  • Not have a job over 16 hrs a week & not earning more than £320 a month (may need to provide payslips to evidence this)
  • Be able to commit to the 10 week programme
  • Be capable of completing a work placement for minimum of 3 days a week for 4 weeks
  • Be eligible to work in the UK/eligible for public funds (stamped in passport if asylum seeker)
  • Have a National Insurance number

If you are interested in joining or referring a young person to this course please contact the following individuals for more information in your local area:

  • Colchester programme (Townhouse, Colchester) please contact: Charly Muir
  • Braintree programme (Carousel Youth Centre, Braintree) please contact: Kirby Cassidy
  • Harlow programme (Xperience Centre, Harlow) please contact: James Bonvini
  • Basildon programme (Southernhay Youth Centre, Basildon) please contact: Jenny Galliano

How to apply

To make a referral, get general support or queries, please contact Bojan Stankovic


“The difference it has made is now I am in College and employed because of Plan B and they also gave me more confidence in myself.” Yasmine, Chelmsford Plan B