LCR Skills Show bridges gap between school pupils and apprenticeship providers

Apprenticeship providers in the region, including 26 GMLPF members, are calling the Liverpool City Region Skills Show an unequivocal success, not least for the access it gave them to thousands of school pupils.

Priceless opportunity

Although things are improving significantly, providers do still find it difficult to reach school pupils to provide information about the apprenticeships and traineeships they offer. Many school pupils still report a lack of understanding about non-academic options available to them either after GCSEs or after A-levels. For this reason, the LCR Skills Show was a priceless opportunity for many GMLPF providers – it gave them the chance to speak directly to thousands of school pupils and other individuals to inform them about apprenticeships and other training courses available.

High calibre enquiries

One of GMLPF’s newer members, FLT Training Ltd were delighted with the amount of interest they received at their stand. Terry Wilson, director said:

“We offer apprenticeships in fork lift truck so we set up a simulator at the Skills Show to give individuals a sense of what driving a fork lift truck is like. The sheer volume of enquiries we received on the day was staggering – we literally had queues at one stage.

“The event gave us lots of exposure with our target market, and many of the individuals who expressed an interest in our apprenticeships were very high calibre. We’re now in the process of matching individuals who enquired at the Skills Show against our current apprenticeship vacancies with employers in the region. All in all a very successful event which we were very pleased to attend.”

CEO of Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF), Ian Lomas echoed the views of FLT Training:

“Our members who exhibited at the Skills Show have reported great feedback. Not only did it give them a platform to publicise their programmes, but it provided the opportunity to network with other providers and obtain an insight into the latest developments in the careers sector.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to the Apprenticeships Hub team for such a well-planned event which clearly has had a significant positive impact in the region. GMLPF and its members have their fingers crossed for another Skills Show next year.”

Over 4,000 young people, teachers, parents and residents attended the Liverpool City Region Skills Show last week, and over 100 organisations exhibited. Visitors were able to get involved in a whole range of interactive activities to help them decide what jobs and careers they may want to pursue in the future.


The Skills Show was organised by Prospects Events on behalf of The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub as part of The Employees Support in Skills Project supported by the European Social Fund/Education and Skills Funding Agency.

FLT Training Ltd provides certified forklift training and warehousing training from our fully equipped centres in Liverpool and Birmingham as well as working with partners across the UK. They help individuals gain qualifications and support both Levy and non-Levy paying employers deliver successful Apprenticeships programmes. For further information about FLT Training please contact National Business Development Director, Terry Wilson on 07483 002 538.