Wondering which course to do next? Looking to move into employment? Considering your future learning and career options?

ACL is working in partnership with the National Careers Service (NCS) to support access to personalised skills and careers information that helps individuals to make effective choices about their future pathways.  This service is free and friendly, tailoring impartial information, skills and careers advice to meet individual needs.
For more information about the NCS visit    www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or download this document.    

To make an appointment with an advisor contact them using the following details:  

 For Colchester, Clacton, Colchester, Witham and Braintree call 01206 814292 or 07932579483 or email cheryl.roberts@colchester.ac.uk

 For all other areas in Essex call 0800 917 94 19 or email NationalCareersServiceNCC@futuresforyou.com

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
    • BBC Careers is a website full of information about different jobs and applying for them



Use the link to Careerometer  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.

Last modified: Thursday, 7 December 2023, 4:19 PM