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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 5th October

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 FS 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

Clacton programme (Centre based at Green Lodge Youth Centre)

Chelmsford programme (Centre based at Chelmer gate Youth Centre)

Harlow programme (Centre based at the Xperience Centre)

There will also be an exclusively online/virtual programme delivered. Please contact James Bonvini for further information.

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