Author Archives: Betty Boner

The Intern to work programme has been such a great success so far with young people getting work placements and learning vital skills they need in a professional environment. Placements have led to employment for some students and others take away the confidence of employment for the future. The programme focuses on young people aged 16-24 who may find it difficult in finding work. The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation supports the ‘Intern to Work’ programme and helps find placements for young people around the Royal Albert Dock.

An event was held at Anfield Stadium in order to raise awareness for the ‘Intern to Work’ programme and encouraged more businesses to get involved. More than 400 people attended the supported Interns event on the 28th of January including potential interns and their parents, education providers and potential employers. It was an inspiring and emotional day hearing from past interns and how much their placement has benefited them, as well as see them go on to get employment. Stalls were set up from various employers so students and parents could ask questions and find out more about the ‘Intern to Work’ programme.

The event was a great success and hopes to bring a lot more employers onboard the programme that can give young people placement opportunities and give them the confidence they need in finding work.

 

As Visitor Economy week 2020 quickly approaches. The Albert Dock Charitable Foundation has organised four days of educational tours for young students. Running between the 3rd till the 6th February; a whole host of tenants around the Royal Albert Dock will be opening their doors and showing their spaces to young people from four different schools around Merseyside. It will be the highest number of educational/career tours the foundation has ever done for VE Week. The aim of the tours is to encourage and inform the students on a whole range of different career options looking at how businesses run and explaining certain job roles to encourage future job aspirations among the students. Maray is one of the restaurants taking part in the educational tours in which they will be sharing inspiring and positive stories from their staff members. Others taking part include Rosa’s Thai; explaining how their restaurant works in sustainability and their connection to local people in Thailand. All the tenants involved are offering a range of different expertise and different insights into careers which will be a great opportunity for young people to learn about the process of looking for work placements and job opportunities.
The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation would like to thank all the following tenants for getting involved:
- TATE Liverpool
- Rosa’s Thai Café
- Liver Tours
- Smaller Earth
- The Holiday Inn Express
- Merseyside Maritime Museum
- Maray
- CBRE
- Gusto Restaurant
- Adventure Dock
- Lunyalita
- Royal Albert Dock Ltd - Events team
- De la Salle Academy
- Calderstones School
- Hillside High school
- Notre Dame Catholic College

 4 Students from De La Salle, 4 Students from Mexico and 3 members of staff experienced an afternoon Education/Career  session recently  with John Hughes at the Tate Liverpool, they then moved onto a tall Ship where they were welcomed by Jim Graves. Merseyside Adventure Sailing.

This is what Sheelagh Trotter, Community Engagement Manager had to say about the experience ...

'The staff and students at The De La Salle Academy, are so grateful to the Albert Dock Charitable Foundation for their recent support. The academy were delighted to host a two week exchange visit for five students from a De La Salle school in Mexico. 

Our grateful thanks to Betty Boner who kindly facilitated a visit for the Mexican students and our own students which involved an interesting introduction to The Tate Gallery. In addition, all of the students, the teacher and the Principal from Mexico were enthralled by the opportunity to find out about the rich history of Liverpool as a working port, in particular, centred around the tall ships.
As a teacher in Liverpool, I was delighted that Betty was able to arrange this opportunity for us. Also, our guides John, Jim and Ben were so knowledgeable and entertaining, that the students felt that they had received an amazing and unforgettable experience of Arts & Culture in Liverpool based around the Albert Dock.
We are so fortunate to have the Albert Dock Charitable Foundation to turn to, so that the visitor economy engages with the best of what Liverpool has to offer in such a succinct, engaging and well-organised manner. Thank You. 

Sheelagh Trotter

Our involvement with the Albert Dock Foundation Trust has been so positive - this experience has been down to the excellent partnership with Betty and her liaison with the organisations, who we are now we are working with; namely Zac and the team from Mattel, Helen and her team from the Holiday Inn and Jacqueline from the Colonnades - everyone we have been involved with has ensured that everything has is so well organised for when the young people have arrived - the planning has been exemplary and this has ensured that the experience have been the best for the young people.

The young people look forward to their time in the different organisastions every week - one of the young people was really nervous and was not quite sure if she wanted to do something a bit different, but now she looks forward to going every week, her confidence is really increased and has had a positive impact on her well being.

The Albert Dock Foundation is doing some really brilliant work to support young people and it makes such a difference and has such a positive impact. We have really appreciated the commitment made to supporting our pupils and would like to thank Betty and the Foundation very much for the support. We are looking forward to continuing the partnership and supporting more young people with more opportunities along with the development of Supported Internships to make a real change to employment opportunities for disabled young people. 

Sarah Spoor