An Essex Opportunity awaits

The Essex Opportunities Portal, delivered by Essex County Council, is your business’ one-stop shop for all things skills, training and development. From nearby courses to support with enhancing your workforce, this free online service offers everything you need to recruit local talent, develop your team and boost employee confidence.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Winter 2023

Essex Opportunities

Find out what’s available for free, including financial support to offer apprenticeships and free courses to boost your workforce’s maths skills.

Working families

Would you like to support local residents to re-enter the workplace? Perhaps one of your employees is lacking in confidence after taking a break. Or maybe you’d like to offer someone their first employment opportunity.

The Essex Opportunities Working Families Adviser is here to help!

Not only can they offer CV, application, and interview advice to those looking to enter or re-enter the workplace, but they can also match employers with those seeking a fresh opportunity.

In 2022, the Working Families Adviser helped over 90 residents to secure employment, access further or higher education, or volunteer in their community. Find out more about how the Adviser could help your business by:

  • Watching our latest video. Just visit and search for ‘A year of successes for the Working Families Adviser’
  • Emailing


Want to offer an apprenticeship but worried about the cost? Then why not try the Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service (EALTS)?

The EALTS matches larger businesses with smaller organisations. By donating up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy, larger businesses can enable SMEs to hire apprentices or offer an apprenticeship to their employees without incurring the full training costs. The EALTS will support both organisations along the way, with insightful advice on providing apprenticeships and practical guidance on transferring the levy.

You can find out more about recruiting apprentices and offering apprenticeships, by visiting the Essex Opportunities Apprenticeship Hub at The Apprenticeship Hub showcases useful resources, FAQs and practical guidance to support prospective apprentices and recruiters alike.


Essex Opportunities can help your employees to access free maths courses.

Whether numeracy is essential to their job, or you’d just like to boost skills and confidence, there are a range of free Multiply courses taking place across Essex. These bite-sized and flexible courses are available in a range of formats to suit all learners and cover a range of topics, including:

  • Helping people to manage their money
  • Enabling parents to help children with their schoolwork
  • Boosting confidence in using maths at work

Find local training providers and learn more about this government-funded maths programme by visiting the Multiply page on the Essex Opportunities Portal at

Showcase your vacancies

Whether you’re struggling to fill a position or want to promote a recruitment event, Essex Opportunities can help to showcase your organisation. With nearly 1,000 followers, the Essex Opportunities Facebook page is an invaluable resource for promoting your vacancies and events. If you’d like to be featured, simply email and ask to be connected to the Communications Team.


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