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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
- Gusto Restaurant
- Adventure Dock
- Lunyalita
- Royal Albert Dock Ltd - Events team
- De la Salle Academy
- Calderstones School
- Hillside High school
- Notre Dame Catholic College

The Winter term not only welcomes the frosty weather and the Christmas cheer but a whole host of opportunities for young people within our Mersey region. As well as welcoming into the new year brand new plans and ideas for the Foundation.  

What’s been happening?

October Event – Breakfast Information Session

 The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation sent out an invitation inviting all the businesses around the Albert Dock to learn about what they do and how others can get involved with the Foundation. Listening to success stories from local business around Albert Dock, it allowed others to see how they could engage with the Foundation and what they could offer to support local young people. The event was supported by Clockwise; offering an amazing free venue space, and Gusto providing a complimentary breakfast to all those who came. The event was a great success and saw 42 people attend from various businesses around The Royal Albert Dock.

Jamie Griffin, Managing Director of Joint Rail Projects said: “I thought the event at Clockwise was very well organised, the hospitality was excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening and learning from the various speakers within the Charity. Great morning all round.” 

A presentation was delivered showcasing some areas of work and to encourage new tenants to get involved within the Foundation.  A pledges sheet was given out asking how each business would like to get involved. The event sparked so much interest from new businesses wanting to take part; either engaging with educational/careers tours, student work placements or showing an interest in the ‘Intern to Work’ programme. Many new pledges were received including Maray, Rosa’s Thai and Smaller Earth.


Lauren and Roisin from the Smaller Earth team said: “The presentation outlining the work they have done so far blew us away, and we couldn't wait to get involved. We felt the passion and enthusiasm from everyone involved in the charitable foundation and we at Smaller Earth are now excited to be part of the story. To say that the breakfast morning sparked an incredible partnership is an understatement.”

Who are Smaller Earth?

 Smaller Earth are an organisation that send thousands of young people on work and travel programmes each year. Having 15 offices all around the world, Smaller Earth believe that by inspiring people to go further, they can change the world one person at a time, by providing programs that provide meaningful cultural experiences for young people. 

After the October event at Clockwise it was no surprise that Smaller Earth were so excited to get involved when they heard about the Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation. Follow up meetings were arranged, and ideas were shared about how Smaller Earth could get involved. The ‘Go Further, Give Back’ day was a perfect opportunity for young people from the intern to work programme to get involved. Each year Smaller Earth have a ‘Give Back Day’ in support of their ‘Go Further’ project working with charities from across the globe. On November 19th six interns from the ‘Intern to Work ‘programme had the opportunity to spend the day working with the UK Smaller Earth team situated on the Royal Albert Dock. 

The day consisted of three workshops to help develop a range of employability skills within the interns. By the end of the day they had produced a flyer which will promote the ‘Intern to Work’ programme at the Liverpool City Council event on 28th January next year.  

 Lauren, Marketing Coordinator at Smaller Earth said: “We are so glad that Smaller Earth had the opportunity to get involved in such an incredible initiative. We’re so glad we got the chance to positively impact them whilst helping to develop the ‘interns to work’ brand.”


The branding workshop allowed the interns to learn about the creative process of building a brand, looking at the importance of layouts and colours. They used these skills to build their own, which was then integrated into a leaflet that they made themselves. 

In the photography session they investigated the importance of photography and how a good photograph can speak a thousand words. Working with resident photographers from Smaller Earth, the interns looked at various photography styles learning new terms and doing a variety of real-life, professional scenarios, including headshots and presenting.  

In the last session, the team who regularly carry out interviews were able to share best communication practices with the interns. Communication is not only vital for every work environment; it is essential to our everyday lives. For most people job interviews can be a daunting experience, their something we may fear or perhaps never feel quite ready for, especially if you are young and have educational needs. It was a great session for the interns to get involved with, practising doing mock styles interviews with each other which not only allowed them to practise answering questions, but also think about what types of questions would be asked. The session was incredibly beneficial for the interns covering all the vital skills needed in a professional environment. 

“I learnt the most from doing the mock interviews. It’s given me more confidence and made me feel more prepared for when I’ll have to do interviews in the future.”

The entire day was extremely successful. Not only did the interns get to take some merchandise from the day, but fun memories and skills that will help them in their future professional roles. To say thank you, the interns surprised the team at Smaller Earth the following day by bringing a card, sweets and chocolate to show their appreciation to the staff involved.