Thinking of an apprenticeship?

A recent study conducted by the Social Mobility Commission found that an academic qualification (such as a typical University degree) isn’t the most important factor when it comes to your earning potential.

Choosing a vocational or academic course that is closely related to your current or future field is the best way to ensure higher earnings across the course of your career, says the study. For men in particular, vocational studies such as apprenticeships often reap greater benefits than academic, theory-based courses as they enter the higher levels of the workforce. This was especially important in careers such as construction and manufacturing.

To look for an apprenticeship that could suit you, have a look at – they have information on a range of apprenticeships and how they can be accessed.

Alt Valley Voice Edition 6: July/August 2018

Our newest edition of Alt Valley Voice is now available! Thanks to everyone who contributed, please send any submissions to

Click the link below to access:

AVV_JULY-AUGUST_2018 email

Introduction to Make Up Course

Introduction to Make Up starting 12th April

Looking to start career in beauty, or just like experimenting with eyeshadow? Join our FREE 6 week Make Up course at Ellergreen Community Centre!

Message us on Facebook or call 0151 546 5514 for details

International Women’s Day Mindfulness Event

Alt Valley Community Trust hosted a wonderful event on Friday 9th March, in honour of both International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.

Despite it being a full house, it was a lovely intimate event; the ladies helped themselves to tea, cake, and sandwiches, and chatted away while everyone arrived and made themselves at home!

We were treated to a truly inspiring talk from Life and Mindfulness coach Sue Fitzgerald, who helped us take a closer look at ourselves and show us how strong women can be; as a result of this event, Sue has kindly offered to help some local ladies on their journey of personal growth and success, and help them believe in their own potential.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Josephine Whittaker stood up to give the story of how she turned her life around – a brilliant and inspirational woman, who is bringing a book out about her journey soon.

This was an event about women empowering women, sharing the things that get us down, and building each other up. We have received some fantastic feedback from the ladies that attended, and hopefully we will be able to do more events like this in the future.

Learner Voice Celebration Event, 28/02/2018

Our Learner Celebration event on 28th February was a chance for students to demonstrate the skills they had gained while on Adult Education courses. Students from the Healthy Cooking course whipped up some vegetable soup and scones for everyone to try, the Creative Writing students showcased the stories and poems they have written, and the Face-painting and Holistic Therapies classes put on demonstrations, as well as there being opportunity to enrol in classes we put on. Whether it be dabbling in make-up, taking the first step towards a qualification in Support Teaching & Learning in Schools, or learning English as a second language, there is something available to enrich the lives of everyone.

We believe that adult education is not only a way to make a difference to people’s lives, but to contribute towards the creation of sustainable communities and neighbourhood transformation. All courses have the potential to progress to a formal qualification, are 100% free, and open to anyone aged 19 and over! For more information, visit the Education and Training section of our website, or call us on 0151 546 5514.

Learner Voice Celebration

On Wednesday 28th February, Alt Valley Communiversity will be hosting an event to illustrate the wide variety of Adult Education courses that are put on across Alt Valley Community Trust, and celebrate the work of those who have completed programmes.
Students from the Healthy Cooking course will be whipping up some soup for everyone to try, the Creative Writing students will be showcasing examples of their writing, and the Face-painting and Holistic Therapies classes with be putting on demonstrations, as well as much more. Whether it be dabbling in make-up or embarking upon a journey into the world of music, taking the first step towards a qualification in Support Teaching & Learning in Schools (STLS), or learning English as a second language (ESOL), the evening will show that there is something available to enrich the lives of everyone.
Come down to the Communiversity at 3:30pm on 28th February to see for yourself what an Adult Education course can offer you, and for the opportunity to enrol on new courses, such as Introduction to Make Up, Introduction to STLS, Nail Technician Courses and more. All courses have the potential to progress to a formal qualification, are 100% free, and open to anyone aged 19 and over!

Erasmus+ Project; Education for Equity – Update

We are in the process of finalising this collaborative Erasmus + project with our partners in Sweden and Germany. The three years have simply ‘flown by’ and we are really pleased with the final outcomes.

At first progress was slow as we found that we were focusing too much on each country’s cultural differences and got involved in too much detail relating to statistics and national legislation.

In time though we worked together to research the causes of early school leaving and student disaffection. Visits to one another’s schools and training organisations led to the sharing of good practice and this was then cascaded to a wide range of Educational Professionals. Seminars, workshops, study visits and conferences were organised and the EfE website was created to capture our findings and encourage new educational approaches to increase student motivation.

We also produced a short film and published a book which summarises our findings.

Meeting partners face to face gave invaluable time to reflect upon our practice and benefit from the cross fertilisation of ideas.

The three main strands of our work were connected to;

  • How to increase learner motivation by using innovative classroom strategies
  • How to ensure that the needs of every individual learner can be met
  • How to make use of effective partnerships beyond school to secure positive outcomes for young people.

At the final conference held in Uppsala University, Sweden in May 2017;  AVCT were represented by 12 delegates and their feedback demonstrated that the experience was valuable and that the project has been an important source of generating new knowledge.

We encourage you to view the short film on the website or contact Kayleigh Clarke if you would like a copy of the book which provides an overview of all our work and key findings.