Below are some of those who have found success and accomplishment through the services and courses Alt Valley provide
Business Start-up Support Case Study
Simon came to Alt Valley for advice with his business idea for a cafe back in 2015. With help from our business advisors under the Enterprise Hub project, Simon was able to put together a business plan and eventually opened his successful 'Yummy Cafe' for the homeless and socially disadvantaged people of Merseyside.
Arts & Crafts Case Study
Our Arts and Crafts group came together at Dovecot MAC for a 10 week Adult Education course. Everyone was different abilities – some could knit or sew, some wanted to make cards, and some had no experience at all.
While there is structure to the lessons, our learners are free to explore different elements in more depth. Some of our learners knitted hats and breast squares for the neo-natal unit in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and others made Easter bonnets for the children’s parade in Dovecot MAC.
Although not included in the scheme of work, the group expressed an interest in pottery. A potter came to talk to them in the final week, and the learners made their own plaques out of dry clay. Although the class is now finished, they still meet every week in Dovecot MAC, and put their skills to use in raising money for Alder Hey – here they are holding their finished plaques!
Jonathan joined Alt Valley when he was just 15, and achieved a Level 2 Diploma in Plastering in just one year.
When it was time to leave school at the end of year 11, he opted to stay with us to progress onto additional qualifications in Construction and enrolled onto the General Level 2 Construction programme. Alongside industry focused training, he has developed his English, Maths, and IT skills.
Jonathan applied himself fully to his studies, and after a lot of hard work and effort, he is now a fully qualified construction worker. He will soon be taking his CSCS Health & Safety test, which will allow him to work on construction sites.
Construction (Education) Case Study
Emma began her journey at Alt Valley when she was only 14 years old. During her first two years, she gained qualifications in NVQ Level 1 Hairdressing and NVQ Level 1 Beauty Therapy.
When Emma left school at 16, she decided to stay at Alt Valley to continue studying hairdressing. She enrolled onto our NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing apprenticeship programme, where she attended college one day a week and spent four days gaining hands-on experience in a salon. After completing her NVQ Level 2 qualification, she then progressed onto the NVQ Level 3 course and became a fully qualified hairdresser in October 2015.
After consistent hard work, Emma established her own salon, ‘Blush’, together with her sister in February 2018. Their business continues to thrive.
Hairdressing (Education) Case Study
Supporting Teaching & Learning in School (STLS)
Julie had taken time out of employment to raise her daughter, but wanted to return to work once she started school. Julie recognised that her previous job would not allow her to spend quality time with her daughter, so began to volunteer in a primary school rather than return to full time employment.
She enjoyed the role so much, and had such positive feedback from teaching staff, that she decided to train as a Learning Support Assistant. She enrolled on our Level 3 Diploma for Specialist Support in Schools and continued working as a volunteer to improve her practice.
Julie recently completed her diploma, and is now employed in the very school she was volunteering in.