Local providers


Please note all providers are continuing with plans for you to learn safely following government advice and guidelines on social distancing. You will use a blended model of remote learning via digital technology and classroom-based delivery, where appropriate. Some courses will be delivered fully online so people can work them around their other commitments.


ACL Essex

ACL Essex’s purpose is to ‘Improve lives through learning’.  ACL Essex is not just about second chances; it’s about third, fourth, fifth and sixth chances.  In fact, it is about helping you to achieve the learning goals you have set your sights on, throughout your life.  But it is much more than skills and qualifications –as crucial as they are. It is also about making sure that you flourish.  This means developing your health and wellbeing, your sense of community belonging, and your confidence and belief in yourself. 

ACL has nine main centres and additional outreach centres across Essex. Their main centres are located in Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Harlow, Maldon, Rayleigh, and Witham.

They provide online and distance learning. The majority of online courses use video conferencing software to replicate the classroom environment, facilitating an interactive and collaborative environment for people to connect and learn with one another.

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Basildon Advice Store

Funded by Basildon Council, the Advice Store is a collection of providers offering careers advice and guidance, access to training courses and job opportunities. There is also training and meeting space available at low cost.

Based in Basildon town centre you can find a range of services available in this one stop shop including National Careers Service, Papworth Trust, Signpost, Realise Futures, South Essex College, ACL, SECTA, The Lightbulb, Shaw Trust, Basildon JCP, Clarion Housing, Peabody, Central Training Group, Provide- Essex Lifestyles, Essex County Council, Community Rainbows, Parents 4 Parents and WEA.

Southend Adult Community College

Southend Adult Community College (SACC) is Southend Borough Council’s provider of adult education and provides education and training to more than 2,000 learners a year. Established in 1993, they deliver accredited and non-accredited education courses at their three centres based in Southend-on-Sea and produce dynamic and bold participatory projects, programmes and initiatives for the benefit of the communities they serve across the borough and South East Essex. They have three sites in Southchurch, Westcliff and Leigh (situated at Belfairs High School). They offer short courses at a wide variety of schools and community venues in the borough.

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Southend Council SBWA

The Economic Growth Department at Southend–on-Sea Borough Council works with Southend Job Centre Plus and the Southend Adult Community College, to train people to move into employment in the care sector in Southend. Together they run a SBWA (Sector Based Work Academy) in care.

The ageing population means that the care sector is a key growth sector in Southend and there is a consistent demand for staff from both care homes and domiciliary care agencies.

The SBWA covers the Southend area and is primarily for those who are unemployed, however any candidates (working or not) can be accepted onto the course. If you are over 18 you are eligible to join the SBWA. Past experience in the care industry is not essential. The companies they work with are looking for candidates to start work as soon as possible. They run FREE training courses for anyone wishing to work in this area.


South Essex Construction Training Academy (SECTA) trains and supports people who wish to gain employment in the construction industry.  Over 1000 people have already registered for help from SECTA. SECTA covers the whole of South Essex, including Southend, Rochford, Castle Point, Basildon, Thurrock and Brentwood. Training is free and includes health and safety, CSCS cards, basic trade courses and specialist courses.  Support includes CVs, job searching and interview skills workshops, 1:1 mentoring, opportunities to meet employers and access to their jobs Facebook group where new construction related jobs are added daily.

If you are over 18 years old and not currently working in construction you are eligible to join SECTA.  Past experience in construction is not essential.

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South Essex College

South Essex College is a vibrant and thriving community facility delivering a range of study programmes to over 11,000 students each year throughout Essex and beyond. They offer a wide range of courses for adults from work based skills for the unemployed and those on low incomes, apprenticeships, online courses and access to degree and degree courses.

The college believes that everyone should have the opportunity, through first-class education and training, to build the skills and confidence to meet their full potential and find a career in which they can thrive whatever their age. The college has campuses in Southend, Thurrock and Basildon with state of the art facilities that are easily accessible by public transport.

Courses for adults include work based skills in construction, hair and beauty, professional skills such as accounting, teacher training, catering, care, health and many others.  

Thurrock Adult Community College

Based in Grays, Thurrock Adult Community College is the adult learning provider for Thurrock Council, offering training and adult education opportunities to help local people improve their career prospects, get into work or get more out of their family lives and social relationships. Your learning journey can start or begin again at any stage of life and they offer a wide range of flexible courses designed to get you back on track, including an adult study programme giving you access to personal development, careers planning and academic or pastoral support from a personal tutor. Qualification/skills courses, up to Level 2, may be free for unemployed learners and reduced fees may be available for those on a low income. You may also be able to apply for help with other training related costs such as travel and childcare as you learn, grow and shape your future.

The college also works collaboratively with community groups, employers and agencies in Thurrock to inspire, support and empower people to achieve. Community Led Local Development employability and wellbeing training and mentoring projects are currently available in Tilbury with Thurrock Council also providing a Careers service for adults.

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