Ex-apprentice, James Glendenning has recently been appointed the new chief executive of Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF).

Apprenticeship success story

James exemplifies apprenticeships success: an ex-apprentice taking the helm at an organisation which champions apprenticeships and represents over 60 apprenticeships providers. 34-year-old James started his professional career as a 16 year old apprentice employed by Merseyside Training and Enterprise Council. After completing his apprenticeship in business administration, he climbed the ladder in the Learning and Skills Council, developing specialist knowledge in vocational training management.

Engaging young people

Before joining GMLPF, James worked for Liverpool City Council on the 16 to 19 Commissioning Team. There he acquired an invaluable understanding of the issues surrounding the engagement of the region’s young people, as well as in-depth experience of commissioning public funding and contract management at a senior level.

James is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of his new post:

“The role GMLPF plays in the region’s learning and skills landscape has grown to significant proportions. I’m really looking forward to continuing the organisation’s sterling work, whilst identifying new ways to support our members and partners to provide high quality learning and skills training for the people and businesses of Liverpool City Region.”


One of the first tasks James is undertaking is a comprehensive consultation with its members and partners, inviting them to help shape GMLPF’s key strategic priorities for the short and long term.

“I’m very excited about our forthcoming consultation which promises to identify some very exciting opportunities. New Government policies and a challenging economy promise to keep the sector on its toes. The team at GMLPF is keen to consult with its members and partners to identify the most appropriate ways of working together to meet learning and skills needs in the region.”