Adult education provider Innovative Alliance’s (IA) Elisabeth Backstrom has excelled in the past six months after initially joining the organisation via the Torus Foundation’s Access to Work Programme as an Administrator. Fast-forward six short months and not only has Elisabeth’s confidence soared but her hard work and commitment to her role has resulted in her being offered a full-time position as an Enrolment Officer.  

Elisabeth, who completed a degree in Manchester, was a Swimming Teacher before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. After the pandemic left her unemployed, she decided to move back to Liverpool in search for employment opportunities.  

During her job search, Elisabeth came across an Administrator role advertised through the Access to Work Programme on the Liverpool in Work website. The Torus Foundation delivers the ILM Access to Work Programme, creating practical employment opportunities for young people aged between 16 – 24 to help them gain practical work experience. The programme offers a six-month work placement across several sectors and pays a training allowance. Vacancies in the programme are open to those who are not in employment, education, or training and living in the Liverpool City Region.

After some research, Elisabeth realised she was eligible to apply for the role, she was then contacted by The Torus Foundation who supported her in her next steps. In October 2020, Elisabeth began working as an Administrator for IA, supporting the MIS team. After flourishing in this role, she quickly also began supporting the business development team, before moving over to work in this team full-time.

Elisabeth, who has previous knowledge of the Adult Education and Training Sector, quickly became established in her role and was encouraged by colleagues to contribute her opinions and ideas to the wider team. After demonstrating her hard work, passion, and determination, Elisabeth’s efforts were noticed by senior team members who were impressed by her work ethic.

Before her six-month placement was finished, Elisabeth was offered a full-time position with IA as an Enrolment Officer. Elisabeth’s main responsibility in her new role will be to coordinate enrolment for learners onto IA’s upcoming courses. Through her previous experience, Elisabeth will be able to support individuals with disabilities and learning difficulties to understand the support available to them through IA. 

When asked why she loves working for Innovative Alliance, Elisabeth said;

‘’This job has become so much more than I ever expected, everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. As soon as I joined the business, my skills were not ignored and I was encouraged to give my opinion, assist other departments, and develop new skills in the education sector.’’

She continued;

‘’Despite originally only being here on a placement, I was made to feel like an official member of the team, which only boosted my confidence and helped me develop more.’’

Ian Green, Managing Director of Innovative Alliance said;

“Over the last several months, Elisabeth has become an invaluable member of the team, supporting colleagues across operations and business development. Her contribution to the business has been wonderful and I can’t wait to see what she achieves in her new role in the coming months.’’

Looking to the future, Elisabeth hopes to continue supporting IA in helping individuals who are unemployed or on a reduced wage to gain new skills and qualifications with the aim of securing employment or further training at the end of the course. For someone like Elisabeth, the sky is the limit!