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For Residents

We’re compiling a list of partners that offer help, support and advice to residents, entrepreneurs, businesses, charities and our educators. You can find information about their offer and links to find out more. And we’ve also worked with Southend-on-Sea Council to create a leaflet designed to offer support and guidance to furloughed workers and those made redundant during the COVID-19 pandemic – take a look below.

Support for Individuals: The Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) programme

The Become a Lecturer website contains information, videos and vacancy links about becoming a lecturer, tutor or assessor – essentially a teacher in Further Education. If you have experience in industry and are thinking about a change of career, why not consider working as a teacher in a post-16 Further Education college or with an independent training provider (ITP) in Essex, East Sussex and Kent. The Become a Lecturer campaign is part of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) funded Teaching for Growth project. This has included bursaries to help pay for teacher training qualifications for new lecturers entering further education (FE) from industry, and marketing activities to promote access to teaching careers with colleges and independent training providers.

The East Sussex Careers Hub’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work. The Hub brings together 40 secondary schools, colleges and special schools, 24 primary schools, alongside employers and other partners. East Sussex Careers Hub is one of 40 across the country and is co-funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company and East Sussex County Council. Careers Hubs are key to the Government’s aims to improve careers education. Please visit our website for information and resources aimed at supporting schools, colleges and employers in developing high quality careers provision.

Class of 2020 is a FREE e-learning community platform connecting students, graduates, school leavers and businesses through industry-approved learning programs. The aim is to boost confidence, teach new skills and improve employability. First initiated as an open education initiative by Dr Norbert Morawetz at Henley Business School, Classof2020  has quickly grown into a national campaign bringing together companies and students. For more information, take a look here.

The Good Things Foundation are a social change charity, helping people to improve their lives through digital. We tackle the most pressing social issues of our time, working with partners in thousands of communities across the UK and further afield. We bring together thousands of community partners to make up the Online Centres Network, reaching deep into communities to help people gain the support and skills they need to change their lives and overcome social challenges. The Learn My Way online learning platform used in our centres and beyond, has given thousands of people every year a clear path to gain the digital skills they need.

Working with leading healthcare providers around the Southend area, we provide fully-funded training to those looking for an exciting and fulfilling career. From working with those who have learning disabilities and providing essential mental health support, through to supported community living opportunities – who knows where a career in healthcare will take you? Find out more here.

Working with employers from across the county, we’ve created a dedicated training programme to help those over 25 get back into employment. If you’re from Southend and are looking to learn new skills, explore a new industry and dive headfirst into training, this could be for you. Find out more here.

Here at the South East Construction Training Academy we work with people of all ages, levels and backgrounds looking for Office-based, Trade or Graduate roles in construction. We start with a one-to-one conversation to establish exactly what it is they want to get from construction, then we devise a plan to help make it happen. For more information about how we can help those looking for information about construction careers, take a look here.

At Successful Mums, we help Mums return to work, change career or start a business to suit their work-life balance. Successful Mums has welcomed more than 3,800 women through its doors, helping them build new careers and thriving businesses. Our fun, challenging and thought-provoking courses get fantastic results and we’re passionate about helping mums from all walks of life achieve personal success, regardless of experience or how long they’ve been away from the workplace. To see how we can help you, take a look here.

Find out about career opportunities in Thurrock, including Apprenticeships, Traineeships and support for Young People from the Prince’s Trust. You’ll also find help and support if you’ve been made redundant and information about key local industry sectors, and employers can also get in touch to offer opportunities for local residents. All this, and more, can be found here.

Find out more about how you can get started on your journey back into education here, including funding and support, and where and what you can study in South Essex, with You Train You Gain.

Information for Furloughed Workers and residents made redundant

The South East LEP’s Skills team has worked with Southend on Sea Council to create a leaflet designed to offer support and guidance to furloughed workers and those made redundant during the COVID-19 pandemic.​

It contains information on financial support, how to find new work and opportunities for volunteering, as well as support for mental health and wellbeing.

There is also information on where to learn new skills, including the Government’s Skills Toolkit and links to the South East LEP’s Digital Skills Partnership, which is compiling information from its partner network on digital skills training.

View the full leaflet to find out more