Lite Ltd apprentice wins national veterinary nursing award

Tina Wright from Warbeck House Veterinary Centre in Liverpool was voted the Petplan Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2014 at a glittering awards ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall. The event brought together vets, nurses and practice managers for the 15th annual awards know affectionately as “The Veterinary Oscars”.

Highest achievement

The Petplan awards recognise outstanding members of the veterinary profession from across the UK and represent the highest achievement within the industry. This year saw 12,000 clients and members of the profession nominate deserving vets, nurses, practices, practice managers and support staff and an independent judging panel had the difficult task of choosing two finalists and a winner for each category.

Tina, who studied for her Veterinary Nursing Diploma with GMLPF member, Lite Ltd in St Helens, set up an ear care club at her practice for patients suffering from recurrent ear problems. She also runs popular puppy socialisation classes and tutors other student nurses.


Practice owner of Warbeck House, Bryan McVey said:

“This is such a massive achievement for both Tina and Warbeck House Veterinary Centre. We were so proud that Tina was picked in the final three but to actually win is fantastic.”

Specialist training

Lite Ltd St Helens and Lite (Stockport) Ltd deliver specialist training for the Animal Care industry including a range of Apprenticeships and

North West regional employer consultation

The Government’s consultation period for the Technical Consultation on their proposed Apprenticeships Funding Reform ended on 1st May. GMLPF, along with everyone else involved with the Apprenticeships programme, is keenly awaiting the findings of the consultation.

GMLPF, working with North West Providers Network, coordinated a campaign to inform employers in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside how they would be directly affected by the proposed changes, and encouraging them to respond to the consultation. Thanks to the campaign facilitated through the region’s training providers, including GMLPF members:

  • 456 North West employers responded to the consultation (174 from Merseyside)
  • 85% of respondents said proposed changes would reduce number of apprentices they recruit
  • 81.5% said proposed changes were not an improvement on existing arrangements


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GMLPF members generating strong employer response to Apprenticeships Reform

As the closing date for the Government’s consultation on Apprenticeship Reform approaches (1st May), many GMLPF members have been actively encouraging their apprentice employers to respond, and reports show this is having a positive impact.

High employer response levels for Merseyside

GMLPF have been supporting North West Providers Network’s (NWPN) drive to get as many employers to complete the consultation. We have been running local briefing sessions for members and providing them with phone support and online resources. Reports show that so far GMLPF members have generated consultation responses from 132 Merseyside employers, with more coming through all the time. This makes up over 46% of the total number of employer responses generated by the 5 North West sub-regions.


James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF has been working closely with the GMLPF Board and NWPN representatives to ensure responding to the Apprenticeships Reform consultation remains a high priority:

“This is possibly the most critical factor affecting Apprenticeships in recent years, with far-reaching implications. These reforms will adversely affect employer take up of apprenticeships and therefore greatly reduce opportunities for school leavers and other young people. Not only that: independent learning providers, whose main business is the delivery of apprenticeships, will be directly under threat if these reforms go ahead. GMLPF is doing what it can to support its members with this issue – it’s a priority for us.

“I’m really pleased to see that GMLPF members have encouraged so many responses from Merseyside employers. And I’m sure many more will come through before the deadline.

Still time to respond

“I urge any members who have not yet spoken to their employers to do so right away – there’s still time before the deadline. Please refer to our website or call us if you need any assistance.”

Step by step guide on getting employers to respond to the consultation

Traineeships case studies wanted

A national PR campaign promoting traineeships to employers and young people is currently underway to

• build the credibility of traineeships at a national and regional level

• outline the business benefits of traineeships and how they help ensure employers have access to capable employees in the future

• stress the corporate social responsibility benefits of traineeships and how the programme aligns with the national drive to reduce youth unemployment

The 2 employer messages being used are:

‘Unlock the great potential of young people with traineeships’

‘Traineeships are a stepping-stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy’

The campaign is using all media channels, reaching regional, national, further education, human resource, trade, regional and social media, including Google Search, Facebook ads and the Twitter profile @TraineeshipsGov.

Case studies

Case studies are an integral element of the campaign, so any members who have success stories should contact [email protected] as they may be suitable for use in media opportunities and also for possible ministerial visits.


Entrepreneurial students at Mode bring iconic female DJ to Liverpool

Mode music technology students Vinny Speare, Levy Hinds and Kieran Clarke have used their entrepreneurial skills to bring iconic female DJ Juicy M to Liverpool. The event has been organised in conjunction with club promoter Mick Ellis and will take place at Aura on Friday 2nd May to a capacity crowd.

Juicy M has become an internet phenomenon with in excess of 4 million people watching her Juicy M 4 decks clip on you tube. Since 2006 she has performed in more than 200 venues in more than 50 countries all over the world and has been described by DJ Storm as one of the most successful female DJs in the world.

Mode Music students: finger on pulse of current music scene

This is not the first time the students who are studying music technology at Mode have organised successful events in the city. They were the brains behind the Hypnosis under 18 events which packed both O2 academy and The Elevator during 2013.

DJ Les Calvert music technology tutor at Mode said

“The students from Mode Music are set to follow in the footsteps of many successful club promoters from Liverpool. They have their finger on the pulse with the current music of today knowing their audience. It’s refreshing to see something different happening in our city organised by young people who are passionate about music and not just into it for the money.”

Not only will Vinny, Levy and Kieran be promoting the event, they have also given the opportunity to fellow music technology students to perform a set at the event. Francis Mulrooney, Billy McGlashan, Glynn Williams and Duane Makin will all be DJing at the event.

Music industry qualifications

Vinny, Levy and Kieran gained their skills on Mode’s Key to Apprenticeships course in music production Students on this programme build real experience working in the music industry in order to achieve level 1 and 2 certificates in music technology, as well as supplementary qualifications in Maths,English and preparing for employment. The course is ideal for those who wish to start a career in music production. Students who complete the course can progress into freelance careers or onto full Apprenticeship programmes.

For more information on the music technology courses available at Mode contact their recruitment team a call on 0151 709 4640.

Liverpool apprentices qualify as finalists in leading national hair competition

Two apprentices who are in training with GMLPF member tpm have qualified as  North West finalists in the L’Oreal Colour Trophy competition.  Molly O’Callaghan and Corry Davies are both employed by Hooka Salons in Liverpool, working alongside many successful stylists who also completed apprenticeships with tpm

The brief for the competition was to create a female look that demonstrated a wearable, commercial, fashion-led high street colour and finish. Molly and Corry were selected as two of five regional finalists for the L’Oreal Young Colourist Award. Their skills will be further tested next week at the regional finals in Manchester, followed by the Northern finals in June if they get through. Prizes for the winner include memberships of the Professional Colour Academy 2014/15; a comprehensive one year development programme working with leading UK colourists; and a mentoring programme

Outstanding apprentice employer

No less than 7 of Molly and Corry’s colleagues have also made the North West finals in various award categories. Hooka Salons is an outstanding example of an apprenticeship employer. They have worked with tpm for many years, providing opportunities for young people to develop award-standard skills which are recognised by national competitions like L’Oreal’s. Salon owner and style director, Dion Padden, who is also a tpm graduate, comments:

“We are so proud to be the only salon that achieved 100 %; all our entries reaching the finals of this leading competition! This is testimony to how dedicated both Hooka and tpm are to the training and development of the staff and apprentices”.


Hair and barbering manager at tpm, Lesley Lavin said, “Hooka have every reason to celebrate – they are an inspiration to their staff, including their apprentices. A long-standing client of tpm, it’s a real pleasure to work with an organisation that has skills development as a high priority. We’re not surprised at their success in the heats of the Colour Trophy; we wish them every success in the finals”.

GMLPF welcomes six new members

This month, GMLPF welcomes 6 new members:


GMLPF encourages membership applications from organisations involved in the delivery of apprenticeships, traineeships and other learning programmes. Benefits of membership include access to peer forums, inclusion in coordinated responses to relevant Government consultations, participation in joint marketing campaigns, links to schools and discounted training. For further information on becoming a GMLPF member contact [email protected]






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GMLPF response to Apprenticeships Funding consultation

The Government’s Apprenticeships Funding Reform Technical Consultation was released last month. The consultation sets out a core model for handing over purchasing power to employers implemented either through PAYE or an Apprenticeship Credit. The provider payment model which constituted one of the 3 original options in earlier stages of the consultation has been dropped.

GMLPF are very concerned that the Government have chosen to drop the provider payment model when evidence from previous stages of the consultation shows that smaller businesses support this model.

GMLPF believe the Government’s current proposals:

  • Create significant barriers for small and medium sized businesses’ involvement with Apprenticeships. A direct funding model favours large employers who can afford to take on the administrative burden and accountability which is associated with delivering Apprenticeships that is currently shouldered by learning providers
  • Threaten the entry of 16 and 17 year olds to the job market

Reintroduce provider payment model

GMLPF support the re-introduction of the provider payment model into the consultation

Over the coming weeks we will be supporting our members by:

  • Working with the North West Provider Network (NWPN) to develop a common framework for a coordinated response to the consultation
  • Helping our members share the key implications of the consultations with their employers and collate their responses.

The way forward

We have held a series of briefings for our members outlining the key issues raised by the Government’s consultation and the potential impact on them and their employers. We have stressed to our members, the importance of encouraging their employers to respond to the consultation. We have also developed a page of resources on our website to enable members to keep their employers informed about the consultation and help them respond to the consultation.

Funding reform resources for GMLPF members

GMLPF returns as sponsor of region’s Apprenticeships Awards

The achievements of apprentices from across Greater Merseyside will be celebrated this summer at Liverpool City Region’s 2nd Annual Apprenticeships Awards. GMLPF returns as the main sponsor of the event, representing its many members who deliver high quality Apprenticeships across the region.

Hosted this year by Knowsley Borough Council, the 20 June ceremony is already shaping up to be bigger than last year, with more than 650 people expected to attend the event in an exquisite marquee on Lord Derby’s Estate.

Award categories are similar to last year – with an award for the Apprentice of the Year (aged 16 to 24) in each of the sub-regions: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, and a single regional Apprentice of the Year award for apprentices aged 25 or over.

New award category

This year also sees the introduction of a new award: the Peter McEvoy Award.This category is for 16 to 24 year olds who have overcome adversity to start their Apprenticeship and make significant progress. The young person should have recently completed their Apprenticeship, or be due to complete in 2014.

This award has been introduced in memory of Peter McEvoy, chair of Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) between 2006 and 2013. It marks Peter’s unparalleled dedication to supporting the young people of Merseyside, and in particular his resounding commitment to helping them overcome personal difficulties to achieve success.

Employer awards

For employers, there are awards for SME, large and macro Apprentice Employers of the Year, and for the first time, an award for the New Employer of the Year. This recognises employers who have recently started employing apprentices and are already seeing the benefits. Employers applying in this category should have recruited their first apprentice no earlier than 2013.

Outstanding apprenticeships provision

James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF (pictured above, left), says: “It is a very important event for our region. It brings the local community together to celebrate the talent and achievements of our hardworking local apprentices and the commitment shown by their employers.

“It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding resource of apprenticeships training provision we have available in the region, delivered by  independent learning providers and colleges who work closely with employers to meet their needs as well as the needs of the apprentices.”

Liverpool based facilities management company and social enterprise Vivark is also sponsoring the 2014 awards.

Tony Cahill, (pictured above, right) executive director of business and service development at Vivark, says: “Vivark is proud to sponsor this year’s Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards because we firmly believe apprentices are a real asset to any business.

“Apprentices add value to communities by giving young people, who may not otherwise have had the opportunity, a route to start work. By creating these opportunities for young people, we can help boost their aspirations and give them the confidence to strive forward with their career.”

GMLPF urges its members to encourage their apprentices and employers to apply for an award before the closing date of 2nd May 2014.

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New careers resources help pupils plan for future job opportunities

Jobs for Tomorrow is a series of local resources including lesson plans, films, case studies and job profiles which will both inspire and enable people across the Liverpool City Region to better plan their career path and progression.

The work forms part of the Liverpool City Region’s and Government’s desire for more informed and empowered learner choices, supported by the most up-to-date labour market and careers information, but accessible for school children, undergraduates and jobseekers to see opportunities and pursue them.

Funded as part of the Liverpool City Region Deal with Government, the Employment and Skills Board commissioned Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership to produce the series of careers materials for our key economic growth sectors. This includes the Visitor Economy (tourism and leisure industries), Superport (maritime, logistics and distribution, airport), Low Carbon Sector and the Knowledge Economy which covers growth in advanced manufacturing, financial and professional services, life sciences and creative and digital sectors. (particularly incorporating science, technology, engineering or maths skills within the workforce) The resources are far ranging including information on work as an App Designer, Paralegal, Transport Planner and Biomedical Support Worker.

The materials are aimed to be used by year 7 pupils onwards and into adulthood and they should be useful to professionals working with young people and adults, including teachers and careers advisors.

Richard Else, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover and Chair of the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board said “This is just one of a range of initiatives we are introducing to help our young people and adults prepare for employment. Not only can our residents better plan their career path, but employers have played a key part in developing the materials to ensure potential employees are aware of the skills employers are looking for. Through the materials, we are supporting our residents to achieve their career aspirations.”

Jobs For Tomorrow careers resources