ACL Careers Guide

Information Advice and Guidance advisors from the National Careers Service will be available in the majority of ACL Centres this year so that you can easily access their support. This is a FREE service. 

Download a copy of the NCS Career Guide here.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on future learning, training and work including progression from current studies and choosing the best courses to support your career plans. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisors. Visit or download this document for further information on this.

Learner Appointments

If you would like to access this service, and book a one to one appointment please call the appropriate centre number below. Leaflets and posters with local contact information are also available within centres. You can also use the National contact phone number to arrange an appointment in other areas on 0800 100 900.
Please note all appointments MUST be pre-booked.
Telephone Number
Days (may be subject to change so please call to make an appointment)
Cheryl Roberts
01206 712825
Thursday every week
Cheryl Roberts
01206 712825
Wednesday every week
Chris Napier
01206 814292
Friday every week
Nick Boulter
01923 698474
Please phone to arrange a day
01923 698474
01233 600600
Wednesday, every other week from the 27th September
01233 600600
Wednesday, every other week from the 4th October
01233 600600
Tuesday, every other week from 3rd October
01233 600600
Tuesday, every other week from the 10th October
01233 600600
Tuesday, every week from the 3rd October

Group Sessions
Your tutor may want to invite an advisor to one of your sessions to provide guidance on career options and progression related to their course.
For Clacton, Harwich, Colchester, Harlow and Chelmsford please use the contact details above to arrange a date.
For Brentwood, Maldon, Basildon, Rayleigh or Witham please contact Lauren Rayner on 07974 735379 or Lauren’s direct contact details are for ACL staff use only.
Please contact if you have any questions regarding the above.

Useful Career Websites

Use information on these websites to help you choose your career:

    • iCould is a careers website which uses LMI for All to provide context alongside careers videos
    • U-Explore provide careers guidance solutions for schools and colleges using LMI for All in Start
    • SACU is an online source of careers information for young people, parents, teachers and careers advisors
    • Essex Skills Board - download a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Getting a New Job in Essex.


Use the Careerometer below to find out more about pay rates in different jobs. As well as providing hourly, weekly and annual pay figures, for each occupation, Careerometer gives details of present numbers employed in the UK and projected future growth or reduction in numbers employed. It also provides prediction of replacement demand – an important measure showing how many new employees are likely to be needed based on those leaving an occupation or retiring. It provides examples of different industries where those in that occupation are likely to be employed as well as a brief description of the occupation itself.


Depending on the skills you need, it might be that you can learn these by yourself! Did you know that you can gain lots of knowledge for free? There are a number of websites which provide free courses which are often referred to as ‘Massive Online Open Courses’, or MOOCS. These MOOCS provide training on a range of subjects from computer coding, to finance and engineering.

Take a look at some of the following examples to find out more.

Open Learn
Open Learn aims to break the barriers of education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free! These are free online courses from the Open University:

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle maths, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more:

Futurelearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. They cover subjects such as business management, health and psychology, languages, law, computer science and more:

Google Digital Garage
You can kickstart your career in digital with an impressive certification from Google. Google’s free online courses will guide you through everything from search engines, to social media and beyond. A certification is a great way to make your CV shine. It shows you’ve got genuine digital skills, and that you are motivated to learn: two essential qualities in today’s business world:

Other ways to learn
Other ways to self-learn include visiting your local library. You can access books on all kinds of subjects as well as utilise free online courses with your library card. Essex libraries offer their own online learning courses which can be accessed here:

Another great way to learn is by accessing free videos on sites such as Available content is extremely diverse and covers virtually any topic you can think of.

Last modified: Thursday, 5 July 2018, 10:00 AM