GMLPF Apprenticeship Reform Implementation Planning Group

BIS recently published the 11 standards developed by the 8 Phase 1 trailblazers, and the co-investment and payment rates for these standards. Despite a lack of fine detail, there is enough substance to warrant setting up GMLPF’s Apprenticeship Reform Implementation Planning Group. The Apprenticeship Reform Implementation Planning Group, will have a broad remit and in time, we envisage a number of sub groups developing. Activity and outcomes resulting from this group will be fed through to the Liverpool City Region Impact Assessment Group. The group will be principally consist of GMLPF members, providing them with a voice and a vehicle for contributing to shaping the local landscape post-reforms.

Learning Plus Expo 2014

Schools Select Learning Plus Expo 2014

GMLPF is looking forward to meeting school heads, governers, teachers and other learning professionals at the Schools Select Learning Plus Expo on June 16th. As exhibitors at the event, we will be speaking to audiences about the support GMLPF and its members can offer schools in the area of raising awareness of Apprenticeships and other vocational options for pupils.

School support services

The support GMLPF offers schools is provided in conjunction with its members – over 60 providers of Apprenticeships and other work-based learning – and takes the form of attendance at careers evenings, pupil-friendly presentations, parent workshops, and provision of support materials such as lesson plans. GMLPF members have exceptional expertise and experience of training for specific industry sectors and are well positioned to inform pupils about using Apprenticeships and associated training programmes as routes into successful professional careers.

School curriculum

The Schools Select Learning Plus Expo 2014 takes place at the Cunard Building as part of Eduation Week at the International Festival for Business. The event is an opportunity for high quality providers to showcase their services to  an invited audience of teaching professionals. Via the exhibitors, the event presents a plethora of innovative ways to increase pupil achievement and attainment levels. The exhibition provides delegates with the opportunity to meet workshop providers in person and discuss the ways their services can benefit the school curriculum.

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GMLPF-sponsored apprentices prepare for unique sailing trip

5 lucky apprentices are being sponsored by GMLPF to help sail a tall ship on a voyage from Whitehaven to Liverpool in June.

The week-long voyage on the Class A tall ship, Pelican of London, forms part of the ApprenticeShip Cup regatta, hosted and managed by Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST). The regatta involves several tall ships, and provides the opportunity to stretch and develop apprentices in a challenging but safe environment.


The apprentices sailing on the Pelican are Michael Gibbons (apprentice with Wirral Metropolitan College), Ellie Gardam and Lauren Monroe (apprentices with Lite Ltd), and Bradley Stead and Matt Watkinson (apprentices with Riverside College). At a briefing session last week, they were given the details of their exciting trip. They will be meeting in the early hours of June 21st at the Albert Dock, and taken by coach to the ship which is docked in Whitehaven, boarding about midday.


During the voyage, the apprentices will be trained in all aspects of running a ship, including steering, setting sails, keeping watch, navigating and climbing the rigging. The Pelican will sail from Whitehaven to Liverpool via Belfast with a possible circuit of the Isle of Man. During the journey, there is a good chance the apprentices will catch glimpses of marine wildlife such as dolphins and basking sharks.

Apprentices who complete the journey will achieve the internationally recognised RYA Competent Crew qualification. Additional awards and individual achievements will also be recognised at an Awards Dinner to be held after the apprentices return.

Personal growth

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF said

“The Apprentice Ship Cup is a unique chance for local apprentices to apply the skills they have been developing on their apprenticeship in a new and challenging environment – skills like team work, communication and leadership.

“GMLPF is proud to be supporting these five apprentices in this exciting venture. I have no doubt that the voyage will lead to significant personal growth, which will benefit both themselves as individuals, and their employers. We wish them every success and are confident they will all make the very most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”

Apprenticeships Awards finalist shortlist released

11 GMLPF members have employer or apprentice finalists on the shortlist for the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Apprenticeship Awards 2014 which was announced late yesterday.

Independent learning providers

Independent learning providers Asset Training, Mode Training, Riverside Learning and Education Centre, The Training Station, and tpm (Training Plus Merseyside) all have apprentice or employers that they support on the shortlist. A number of college GMLPF members also feature: City of Liverpool College, Knowsley College, Riverside College, Southport College, St Helens College and Wirral Metropolitan College.

Bringing local community together

GMLPF is one of the two main sponsors of the 2014 LCR Apprenticeships Awards which takes place on 20th June at Knowsley Hall. James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF highlights the importance of the event for the region:

“The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships Awards bring 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. I’m delighted to see that many of the employers and apprentices on this year’s shortlist are supported by GMLPF members.”

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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 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”.