Founded in 1978 by Father Patrick Harnett, as part of the Catholic Youth Service, ATO aspired to afford guidance and support to young people living in south Liverpool.
Given the accomplishments of the progressive organisation, it was decided that a move to larger premises in the Mossley Hill area would be best to provide the range of courses offered.
ATO became a registered charity and within four years it relocated to its current site.
In the June of 2008 ATO proudly opened an on-site nursery called Little Explorers. The nursery aims to offer childcare facilities to students who wish to begin or return to their qualifications. It is of particular help in the development of parenting skills and ensures support and confidence building to those who return after having their baby.
It has also been found that the Little Explorers nursery benefits new non-apprenticeship students by instilling self-assurance in their new found abilities and helping those who seek extra support in their work ready skills.
In March 2010, ATO was awarded Matrix Standard for the Information, Advice and Guidance given to employers and learners. ATO has claimed Matrix Standard in each of the subsequent years.
An additional room was added to the nursery.
Additional premises were acquired so as to expand the nursery to accomodate for Breakfast, After-School, and Holiday Club.
Since 2007, we have encouraged our students to explore the opportunities and gains that Higher Education presents. In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, ATO has received the honour of being Aim Higher Vocational Champions.