Nurture and Grow

The Programme

One Ark’s ‘Nurture and Grow’ project helps to tackle worklessness within Liverpool – whilst also supporting the growth of small start-up businesses. The scheme delivered in partnership with Fusion 21 offers 10 unemployed residents the chance to secure a six-month paid placement with a business based in the Liverpool City region and offers mentoring support to the successful candidate to help enhance and learn new skills. To date, 9 residents have accessed opportunities, with 6 going on to secure permanent work at the end of funding support.

Alexandra's Story

Having been taught how to sew since the age of 19, Alexandra had been working part time trying to run her own dress-making business from home. However, with little business skills she needed an opportunity to develop and utilize her skills so when she found out about Nurture and Grow, she jumped at the chance to apply for the dress maker and tailor position with a new start up business, called Revolver Retail. Alexandra spent 6 months on this placement which saw her take on responsibilities including: alterations and an in-store tailoring service, helping out on the shop floor, interacting with customers, and attending meetings. Alexandra said “In addition to gaining experience in a retail environment, I’ve learnt about how to grow and develop a business – including how to merchandise and market a brand. This opportunity has made a massive difference to my confidence – being offered a permanent job here after finishing my placement has been a dream come true.” The experience has been made even sweeter for Alexandra, as in addition to being a full time employee of Revolver Retail, she also now rents a space within the store and has the clothing she makes on sale. Alexandra added: “It’s fantastic to see people buying my clothes – and I’m also able to use the space to make my own clothes on my day off. I’m so lucky to have this opportunity and I feel like my career is really taking off – I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

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Our Impact


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