The Essex County Council Employability and Skills team offers a range of services to support employers with:

  • recruitment
  • employee learning and development
  • offering apprenticeships (including funding)
  • promoting and filling vacancies

Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service (EALTS)

EALTS helps SMEs to fund apprenticeship training through levy transfers.

Find out how your business can benefit

The service matches small businesses with larger organisations that are registered with EALTS. Larger companies who have unused levy can transfer a proportion of this to help SMEs cover apprenticeship training costs.

EALTS is managed by an expert and impartial team. They offer free support and guidance on levy transfers and will help Essex SMEs every step of the way.

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Essex Apprenticeship Hub

Essex County Council offer a free recruitment service to businesses looking to recruit an Apprentice. Our services are set out below or you can click here to hear from one of the team

Our offer to businesses

The Apprenticeship Hub can:

  • promote your  vacancies
  • connect you to schools where young people are seeking apprenticeships
  • connect you to local training providers
  • provide free and impartial advice on apprenticeships
  • organise workplace visits for prospective applicants and their parents/carers
  • showcase your business on the Essex Opportunities Portal website and Facebook page


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Essex Green Skills Pledge

A net-zero Essex needs residents with green skills. That’s why we’ve launched the Essex Green Skills Pledge.

Employers, schools and training providers are invited to pledge to up to eight actions. As a thank you, you will receive a resource pack to support your pledge. We will also send you marketing collateral to promote your involvement.

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Essex Opportunities Portal

The Essex Opportunities Portal is a virtual one-stop shop for employability and skills opportunities in Essex.

Residents completed over 52,000 searches for jobs, apprenticeships and training between April 2022 and April 2023. We also actively promote vacancies on our Facebook page and through our Apprenticeship Bulletins. These bulletins are hosted online and send to schools, delivery partners and job seekers.

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What’s Next?

Our Apprenticeship Hub team host recruitment events across the county. ‘What’s Next?’ events aim to match young apprenticeship seekers with businesses and training providers.

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  • Email us if you’d like to showcase your opportunities at a ‘What’s Next?’ event: [email protected]


Apprenticeships for Essex schools

Learn2Advance is a new apprenticeship and skills initiative for staff at Essex schools. This gives the workforce access to Essex County Council’s unused apprenticeship levy.

Schools can use the levy to cover apprenticeship training costs for their staff. There is a wide range of apprenticeships on offer, including:

  • teaching assistance
  • site maintenance
  • business support
  • catering

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