POST LOCKDOWN NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2021

 

Although Lockdown prevented many plans the foundation had for 2020 the momentum has now returned with many creative, innovative ideas which have been driven mainly by need.  

What’s been happening?

 Virtual support for Schools 

Young people not being able to take up work experience placements proved to be very frustrating for them during such a crucial time in their education journey whilst trying to make decisions on future career choices. In order to address this, the Foundation has been working with Growth Platform on a career support offer to schools through social media platforms.

 3 Filming sessions were coordinated with RADCF creating its first online video for schools to be used across social media platforms including ‘YouTube’ offering virtual career information/ support to young people. 

 Harry, Student from Sandfield Park School supported by his Mentor Steve have been working with the Foundation on creating clips for the video which will be used to share with young people in schools, highlighting the broad range of career pathways on offer at the Royal Albert Dock. 

The first session involved 14 recording stops/locations within the Albert Dock narrated by Charley Martin, Liver Tours Guide.  The following 2 sessions covered the recording of various tenants/businesses from a variety of sectors including: Retail/Hospitality/Office Tenant/Visitor Attraction/Tourism with each representative from these areas speaking for 2/3 minutes about the range of career pathways within their sector.                                                                                                                     

   There will be work designed in the form of worksheets/quizzes creating added value for the students.  Students will also be invited to contact the Foundation if they wish to further their knowledge from any of the Albert Dock Tenants when a one-to-one zoom will be offered and if doable a work placement opportunity will be made available for any keen student.

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  New Family Adventure Trail

There are now 1000 hard copies of the new re-drafted Family Adventure Trail ready which can be picked up by families from various locations around the Dock including, Beatles Story Shop, Magical Mystery Tour office, The NEST, Art and Crafts Shop, TATE Liverpool, Maritime Museum & Holiday Inn Express.

 

Families are also able to access an electronic version of the Adventure Trail from The Foundation Website.  albertdockcharity.org.uk

 Beatles Story Shop and Magical Mystery Tour office are holding the stamp for Children’s University Passports and Badges/Stickers for those families completing the Trail.   Both have posted details on their social media platforms encouraging families to engage too.

Cyber Escape Experience for Schools

The CGI Cyber Escape Experience was developed by CGI to train, educate and engage to help people understand cyber security risks and has been tailored to appeal to and address the specific risks faced by young people online.

The 40ft shipping container was crane lifted near to the M&S Arena where it was then ready for schools to participate in trying to crack the codes which would then ultimately give them the escape route out.

  RADCF worked together with Growth Platform to offer this unique learning experience to PRU and SEND schools (in small bubbles) during 13th & 14th July.  Holiday Inn Express and Estates Management Team were also given the opportunity for 5 members of staff to take part as a team building exercise too.

Feedback from Holiday Inn Express

“The team had an amazing time – they have all come back really positive about the experience and have got some amazing feedback. Thank you so much for giving the team the opportunity to test Cyber Escape.” 

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                                                                                    Sandfield Park after cracking the codes to escape

  Young people were offered a Tour of the Albert Dock whilst waiting for their turn in the Cyber Escape Container.  This group from Meadowpark were asking questions keeping Charley, Tour Guide, Liver Tours on her toes.

Feedback from Schools

“The young people really enjoyed the experience, fun packed and really interesting.  They loved doing something different with their day”.

“This is great, had fun being trapped in the container, thanks for the experience”. 

Feedback from Rachel Owen (CGI) re: Foundation Involvement

“The foundation has been a great help and support as always.   I can’t thank the team enough, that even during this very difficult time we have managed to pull this off in the city and had such great feedback from the schools”.

Recruitment Event

First ever Albert Dock Recruitment Event held on Tuesday 6th July was shared on social media with the support of THINK Publicity and Rotunda promoting through their contacts at DWP and wider.  

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Jamie Sheils sharing information about RedApple Education

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Someone interested in working at Peaberry Coffee House

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 Holiday Inn Express Team speaking about their many         Katy & Abbie ready to welcome people to the Revolution table.

 recruitment opportunities                                              

82 people seeking employment attended and were given the opportunity to speak with:  RedApple Education: Costa Coffee: Holiday Inn Express: Peaberry Coffee Shop: Energy Bank Systems: Rotunda and RADCF.  RADCF have kept on file contact details of everyone attending on the day together with details of interests/training needs with a view to ensuring they are considered for any future opportunities.

  Following the Event 19 interviews were offered, 6 x one to ones and 5 jobs secured.  

RADCF will be exploring the possibility of regular Recruitment Events depending on need within Dock Tenants.

Jobs Board & Talent Pool

Further work is on-going to support a Dock ‘Talent Pool’ & Tenants ‘Jobs Board’ which will identify the number of job vacancies at the Dock which will then flag up the need for future        Recruitment Events.

Kickstart Opportunities 

  RADCF are working closely with Rotunda Ltd our Gateway for the Governments Kickstart Funding where 15 places have been allocated to Royal Albert Dock providing opportunities for businesses to access the funding for job opportunities, they may have for young people between the age 16-24.  Many people in this age group were given further information during the Recruitment Event.  Meanwhile businesses at the Dock have taken up this offer and are proceeding with the offer for various roles available. 

If you are a Tenant/Business at Royal Albert Dock and are interested in finding out more then please contact betty.boner@albertdock.com