The CEO and Chair of GMLPF met with the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and Cllr Ian Maher, Combined Authority lead for Employment and Skills on 11 May.
At the meeting we discussed the Metro Mayor and Combined Authority’s vision for the Liverpool City Region and the role education and training has to play in that.
GMLPF raised a number of issues and concerns relevant to our members including:
- The importance of having a strong, vibrant and local learning infrastructure with a range of providers from the FE, Independent and 3rd Sectors
- The lack of a coherent schools engagement plan in the city region to ensure that all schools and pupils are able to access information on opportunities such as Apprenticeships and other post 16 and post 18 options
- The continued downturn in the number of Apprenticeship starts locally coupled with the relatively high number of Apprenticeship vacancies that remain unfilled
- Plans for AEB and the devolution of this funding line to the Combined Authority. We stressed the prevailing uncertainty and instability in the marketplace and argued that, whilst devolution of this funding was welcomed, care and attention needed to be paid to having fit for purpose and transparent procurement and management arrangements so as to avoid additional and unnecessary complexity