Welcome to the Essex Rural Skills Project

Funded by the European Social Fund and The Big Lottery Fund

With five different courses for you to try out!


Essex Rural Skills Project  (ERSP) is a project governed by the RCCE with partner organisations to deliver rural, employability and life skills courses for the whole community, funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.  The project offers a flexible rolling programme to encourage participants to learn new skills.  Taking place at Wormingford (near Colchester) and Stow Maries Aerodrome (near South Woodham Ferrers), these courses will cover a wide range of rural and craft skills.

Transport to both locations is offered as required, but may be dependent on your location - please contact us directly for further information or to discuss your options.  This programme is specifically for people aged 45 plus who are not currently working - whether you are claiming benefits or not.    



Environment and Conservation Skills

Participants will be able to customise their learning by specialising in one of three key areas - Habitats, Land management and Man-made structures in the environment. This course runs at Stow Maries on Tuesdays, 10am - 4pm.

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Woodland/Land Management

An outdoor experience in local woodlands, learning woodland management and conservation. This course runs at Wormingford on Thursdays 10am - 4pm.

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Carpentry & Mixed Trades Construction

Learning basic carpentry skills and joints, and the best use of woods and tools in carpentry, and basic contruction techniques including bricklaying, carpentry, plastering and tiling in construction. You can choose both or just one of these courses. Carpentry runs at Wormingford on Thursdays and Construction on Fridays both 10am - 4pm.

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Learning basic horticulture skills including propagation, preparing land, plant maintenance, controlling weeds, and food production. This course runs at Wormingford on Fridays 10am - 4pm.

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How can it benefit you?

This programme will give you the opportunity to try out new activities and crafts in a relaxed and friendly environment

Meet new people, have the chance to discover hidden talents, improve your health and build your confidence with great support on hand to help you.


  • Wormingford Community Education Centre, the old St Andrews Primary School, Church Road, Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6 3AZ

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