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 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

"The 1st June was the day I had a tour of the Albert Dock.   I've walked around the area for years but that tour opened my eyes to lots of opportunities in that area. 

Mattel Play stood out the most for me, everyone there was so polite specially the manager. Since that day I have had the urge to work at the docks and have since landed myself a job within the Albert Dock. 

Every place we went on the tour was something new for me as I’ve only visited a handful of shops there but I now know I can be happy knowing that I am working full time thanks to the tour. Thank You"  

Evaluation from Jayne Goddard (Coach Cornwall MYA)

Talent Match Cornwall travelled up to Liverpool to learn more about Talent Match Liverpool and Liverpool as a city. We took part in a tour of Albert Dock. We visited a variety of different shops, residencies and restaurants, some of which were family run businesses, to learn about how they work and the history of each place we visited.

This was a unique and beneficial experience for the Talent Match Cornwall group. In Cornwall, we do have a lot of family run businesses and independent shops, but these do not always prove to be a success in Cornwall and it’s something we should have more of. To learn about other types of these businesses and the history of them was interesting to us all, and for them to share their journeys with us shows pride in what they do.

We also learnt about opportunities that these places had to offer and how each speaker progressed to where they are now. The members found this useful as they learnt ways to progress in a variety of different career paths, this gave them a sense of motivation and they felt inspired after the tour. Also, general information about the city was very interesting. Most of the Cornwall group had never been to Liverpool before, some hadn’t really come too far out of Cornwall before. To learn about the city that we were currently in allowed us to make the most of our trip.