David Cowell MBE joins ALP Schools as Managing Director

The new Managing Director of ALP Schools, Leicester has been awarded an MBE in the new years honours list. News of the MBE comes on the same day that David Cowell officially changes his role from Managing Director of Melton Learning Hub and joins ALP Schools.

David has enjoyed 10 years managing the Melton Learning Hub from a project idea into a leading facility for alternative learning. From 1st January David will move to ALP Schools where he will manage the delivery of vocational education to young people with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other complex needs while remaining in a strategic role with the Hub.

He said, “I look forward to a new challenge of working with young people with more challenging special educational needs for whom delivering vocational qualifications will be equally as rewarding”.

David Cowell was appointed a Member of the British Empire for his services to vocational education after a decade of providing support and qualifications to hard to reach young people who struggle within mainstream education. David will be invited to an investiture in the first half of 2016 where he will officially receive his award from a member of the royal family.

David, 33, was responsible for setting up the Melton Learning Hub site back in 2005 which has proved a huge success in providing vocational qualifications for disengaged youngsters including those excluded from mainstream schooling in Melton Mowbray and the surrounding areas.

David said “I am very honored to receive this award. I have dedicated a lot of time over the last ten years to young people and am one of the lucky people that enjoys every minute of a very rewarding job”

After completing a Masters degree in Applied Criminology from the University of Leicester and then joining Leicestershire Constabulary as a Community Initiatives Co-coordinator with Melton Police, David was responsible for sourcing funding for a project to reduce anti-social behavior, relieve truancy and increase attainment levels in Melton Mowbray.

David was successful in 2004 in securing funding of £218,000 from the Leicestershire Economic Business Partnership and ensured the Melton Learning Hub open as a faculty of King Edward VII School on 23rd June 2005.

There have been many developments over the past ten years, most notably when the Learning Hub became a social enterprise with charitable status in October 2010.

The Hub acquired Melton Country Park Café in 2011 with the young people of the Learning Hub being taught catering, customer service and business skills in running the Café. Two further sites, The Bungalow in Birstall and The Barkstone Vocational Centre have followed with the latest addition being The Venue in Melton Mowbray, a centre providing evening time learning and helping further prevent anti-social behavior in the town centre, which opened in July.

In nearly ten years the Hub enabled many young people to achieve and 1782 qualifications have been awarded. Figures from the Melton Learning Hub 2014/15 AGM show the orgainisation has delivered 252 qualifications during the past academic year with 99% moving into employment, further education or training. Five of the 23 staff employed by the Hub are former students.