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Employment support and training

There are many organisations in Essex that offer help and support to find work, build confidence and improve skills.

Specific support is available for:

People with a disability or health condition

Essex Supported Employment Services (Realise Futures) helps people with disabilities to learn new skills and get a job. You will need to have a referral from Essex County Council Adult Social Care to access this service.

Connecting Choices supports unemployed people in Essex who struggle to access work, including people with health conditions, disabilities and ex-offenders.

Heads Up helps people in Essex with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, to return to work.

Futures In Mind provides training and job skills to adults recovering from mental health issues and alcohol abuse.

ECL offers work based training in Essex to people with learning disabilities.

HoursWorth is a supported employment scheme run by Frontline. It helps people with learning disabilities and high support needs to access paid work.

Mencap offers employment support for people with a learning disability.

GOV.UK has guidance on looking for work if you're disabled

Carers

Do you look after someone - unpaid - with a disability or health condition?

Essex Carers: The Way to Work Project helps unemployed and unpaid carers get back into work.

Also see our information on carer's rights in the workplace.

Young people

Essex County Council's Employability and Skills Team supports unemployed people aged 16 to 18.

Apprenticeships enable people aged 16 or over to combine work with study. For more information see:

The Prince's Trust supports young people aged 11 to 30 with employment, education and training.

Older people

Essex Rural Skills Project delivers rural, employability and life skills courses to unemployed people in Essex over 45.

Age UK offers information and advice on work and learning.

Related content

Carer's rights in the workplace

Rights at work (Citizens Advice)

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