Mercian Multi Academy Trust                                                  —Aldridge Academy                     —Shire Oak Academy                   —Queen Mary’s Grammar             —Queen Mary’s High                    —Walsall Studio School                —Ladder AP School
Apprenticeship Agency             - Project 390                                                                          Vines Restaurants                                                                 Vine Support Services
  The Goldmine Centre                                                             Social Enterprise Zone -Walsall
Ladder Apprenticeship Campaigns                             —Black Country                           —Staffordshire                         —Shropshire                             —Birmingham

Case Studies


Matt’s Story

Apprenticeship in IKEA

The name 'Project 390' was chosen as IKEA use the term '390' to identify designated stock which is damaged but potentially able to be recovered back to the market place. In the same way, our young people have experienced difficulties and situations which may have left them unemployable , but our ethos is to recover these lives and equip them to enter the market place, in and beyond IKEA stores.

Kerri’s Story 

 Restaurant Apprentice
Vines is a Social Enterprise business and operates from a new stylish and contemporary restaurant offering a daily breakfast and lunch service. It also provides contracted food services to local businesses and day nurseries.

Since its inception in 1989, The Vine Trust has operated as a Social Enterprise through its restaurant at our site in Lower Hall Lane. Income generated from this business has helped to provide training and support services to local young people throughout the years. After undergoing a major refurbishment in 2010 through funding received from Advantage West Midlands and Walsall Partnership the restaurant and facilities at Vines have been transformed to offer customers a relaxing and contemporary dining venue.

Ladder Apprenticeship Stories

Rebekah’s Story

Walsall Studio School graduate

A Level results 2017 - Walsall Studio School

CEO’s Question Time ‘09 appearance

Kevin Davis’ telling Mr Dimbleby about the Vine’s vision. 

Kevin’s Story

CEO Kevin Davis speaks about his experience of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small business programme