AEL Awards & Recognitions



Best Community Engagement Award 2012

Larne Business Awards
Community Leader
David Hunter Award 2013

NI Business in the Community
NI Regional Winner Award 2013

Santander Social Entrepreneur
Highly Commended Award 2014

Social Enterprise NI
Best Community Engagement Award 2014

Larne Business Awards
Social Enterprise of the Year 2015

FINALIST SENI - Enterprise NI Awards 2015
Northern Ireland Social Enterprise of The Year 2015

Best Community Engagement Award 2016

Larne Business Awards
Local Supplier of the Year Award 2016

Social Enterprise of the Year Award 2018
Leader of the Year 2018 (David Hunter)


Henderson’s Food Service Awards
Best Employer 2018

Larne Business Awards
Best Business Start-up Award 2018

USEL Championing Ability Awards 2018

Best Community Engagement Award 2018

Our Internal Processes have been further strengthened by the introduction of ISO 9001 across all areas of the business
ISO 9001 Certified

Our Internal Processes have been further strengthened by the introduction of ISO 9001 across all areas of the business including the water bottling plant. Workflow process mapping provides a written statement detailing the correct procedure to follow in each area.

Whilst the primary objective of this work is to produce a standardised working practice, which in turn improves efficiencies and quality. Additional benefits include having a clearly defined task completion process for our trainees and the management of any risk, where key personnel may leave the Company.

Achievements & Recognition

AEL's Hands on Training Programme (HOT), was designed and developed in 2015. It was part funded by ESF, NHSCT & DfC. In it's first 3 years of operation it has produced significant results for our Trainees.

Progression outcomes for trainees who completed the programme during Oct 2015 & Mar 2018 show:

  • 36% went into paid employment.
  • 21% went into long term volunteering.
  • 7% went into further education.
  • 29% went into other DEL programmes.
  • 7% went into other support programmes.

Other outcomes achieved include:

  • 70 Level 1 OCN qualifications achieved.
  • 42 external work placements provided by 23 local employers
  • 36 external work tours have been provided.

Our ETI Inspection noted; (Education Training Inspectorate)

  • Outcomes for Participants – GOOD
  • Provision for Learning and Development – GOOD
  • Leadership and Management – GOOD

AEL's Transitions Programme now engages with children and young people aged 16-25 years old. We have extended our geographical reach taking school leavers from:

  • Roddensvale in Larne
  • Rosstulla in Newtownabbey
  • Castle Tower in Ballymena
  • Hill Croft in Newtownabbey.

    with a total of 40 pupils having taken part in this programme in its first year