Staff CPD Case Studies

We have worked with some amazing Apprentices over the years, some of whom have progressed elsewhere whilst others have continued their careers right here with us at ATL.


Maisie’s Story

“Before I started working at ATL, I felt lost. I was a 17 year old, who had just finished their schooling and didn’t know where to turn.”

After a few false starts, I was offered the position of Apprentice Admin Assistant at ATL. During her time in the MIS department, Maisie completed the Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship and started Level 3. Changing teams, she moved to support the Animal Care department with their administration duties and finished her Level 3 with the support of both the MIS and Animal Care teams.

“Working in a curriculum department allowed me to interact more with learners. I was the first person that visitors saw when they came into the department and, over time, learners saw me as more than an administrator but as part of the team that could listen and provide them with advice and guidance. This is what encouraged me to ask my manager about the steps I would need to take to become a tutor/assessor.”

Maisie soon completed a Level 3 Mentoring apprenticeship, including Level 3 Animal Care, Level 2 ICT and Level 1 Safeguarding and is now a full-time Animal Care Trainee Tutor/Assessor.

“My 4 year journey at ATL has been incredible and rewarding. I have received the best support from all my colleagues, helping me to achieve things I didn’t know were possible. I am now part of the most welcoming, driven team and look forward to coming into work every day to discover new challenges. I cannot thank everyone at ATL enough for everything they have done for me. They have turned a confused 17 year old girl into a confident 21 year old, who has finally found her feet in the wonderful world of education. I wouldn’t be who I am today without ATL.”



Ethan first joined ATL as a 19 year-old Apprentice in 2014, completing the L2 framework in Supporting Teaching & Learning. Following on from his role as a Learning Support Assistant, Ethan expressed a strong interest in teaching. In June 2015, he progressed to an IT User Apprenticeship to widen his skills and knowledge whilst also beginning the TAQA suite as an Apprentice Tutor.

After a short leave for travel, Ethan returned to ATL in early 2016 as an Advisor to Traineeship learners. Working with the Employment & Progression department, he was supported through another successful round of CPD, completing the CAVA and Learning & Development qualifications. He also completed the new provision of GCSE Maths in 2017 in order to ensure he had a full understanding of the learner experience, achieving a Grade A. Having gained classroom experience, Ethan was offered a full Tutor/Assessor role in March 2017, with a speciality in delivering Maths.

As well as continuing his formal TAQA suite CPD by completing the Level 4 Education & Training qualification in 2018, Ethan has also engaged with in-house workshop training and online courses at ATL. Having covered a range of topics including Equality & Diversity, Safeguarding Awareness, GDPR, Health & Safety Awareness and Gatsby Career Guidance training, Ethan trained as an invigilator and Emergency First Aider.

“When I started at ATL I felt I had no real direction. Family advised me to consider a career in the navy but that didn’t seem to be the right fit. The Job Centre suggested an employability course with a local training company and whilst I was there I plucked up the courage to ask about getting some work experience. I had no idea you could get an Apprenticeship as a learning support assistant and the experience was fantastic. It really built my confidence and my tutors and other staff at ATL encouraged and supported me when I said I’d like to try teaching. Its been a very busy few years, but I get to work with a brilliant team and pass on my knowledge to new groups of learners every year.”

Continuing to develop his teaching practice, skills and experience, Ethan is now completing the Level 5 qualification and progressing his teaching career with our parent company. Looking back over his time with us, Ethan said, “My managers and colleagues have turned a quiet young adult into a confident tutor over the last 8 years. I have achieved things that I never would have imagined in my career. My parents, friends and colleagues are proud of me and I owe that to the opportunities given to me here at ATL.”

We’re all proud of you too, Ethan!



Lydia also has a story to share:

“I started my journey with Achievement Training as an Apprentice with the Business Development team. I came to ATL to get some careers advice and the team offered me the chance to attend a trial day. I started my apprenticeship in June and spent the next year working to gain my Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship qualification.  I could never have succeeded in gaining a Distinction in my apprenticeship, without the support of my line manager and colleagues helping me to believe in my own abilities.”

Working alongside some amazing people at ATL has boosted my confidence even more and I really benefited from staying and gaining as much experience as I could after completing my Apprenticeship. My three years with ATL gave me a great foundation to build upon for my future and I cannot thank the amazing team enough for the start they have given me. I am now moving on to a new challenge and cannot wait to see what the future has in store.