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Training and Apprenticeships

Independent living requires access to employment and training as well as secure housing. That’s why we’ve invested in bringing two great initiatives to the area, which will together provide an impressive range of opportunities:

Kick Start

This is a ‘one stop shop’ based in Colchester town centre. Training is delivered  by our partners, Qube Learning, who also work to find local employers to provide traineeship and paid apprenticeship openings. What’s on offer will change in response to local business need, but will include:

  • Functional Skills (basic maths and english)
  • Short ‘work ready’ courses for various industries
  • Traineeships
  • Paid apprenticeships
  • Careers advice

Whatever your age, background and skills level there’ll be something to suit if you’re currently unemployed and in receipt of benefits. 

The rsnge will  expand as we continue to build relationships with ambitious local businesses looking to recruit.

Don’t worry if your CV lacks a bit of sparkle and your academic achievements aren’t what you’d like them to be, if you’re determined to work than we want to help you realise your ambition.

Kick Start is available to everyone, so do feel free to tell your friends and family too.

You can find out more by calling Heidi at Qube on 07393 460618 or emailing her at heidi.duhig@qube-learning.co.uk. Just let her know that you’re a Colne resident and the Qube team will go the extra mile to support you. 

Swarm Apprenticeships

If you’re familiar with how apprenticeships work, you’ll find Swarm’s version is just a little different!

Enterprise apprenticeships match ambitious recruits with employers looking for new talent to grow their business. It’s not just about learning the skills to do a job, but being given the opportunity to make a measurable impact to justify being taken on once you’ve completed your qualification.

These are paid positions with real prospects to build a career. Recruitment is primarily based on attitude and potential rather than academic results.

Find the latest courses and vacancies here, with details of how to contact colleagues at Qube and Swarm who will be happy to discuss your options.