Apprentices on tall ship return successfully after sail

GMLPF sponsored apprentices successfully complete tall ship sail

Five apprentices sailed into the Albert Dock last Friday after being sponsored by GMLPF to participate in a week-long sail from Whitehaven to Liverpool on a tall ship. The apprentices were in good spirits, looking tanned and windswept after several days at sea. All seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

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

Apprentices

The apprentices who successfully completed on the Pelican were 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).

Training

During the voyage, the apprentices were trained in all aspects of running a ship, including steering, setting sails, keeping watch, navigating and climbing the rigging. The Pelican sailed from Whitehaven to Liverpool via Belfast with a circuit of the Isle of Man.

The apprentices will receive the internationally recognised RYA Competent Crew qualification and other recognition for their participation.

Personal growth

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF said

“The Apprentice Ship Cup was 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 have supported these five apprentices in this exciting venture. I have no doubt that completing the voyage will lead to significant personal growth, which will benefit both themselves as individuals, and their employers. I’d like to congratulate them all for their commitment and achievement.”

NWPN update June 2014

REGULAR UPDATE FROM PAUL HOLME, CHAIR OF NORTH WEST PROVIDERS NETWORK

 

Apologies for not producing my monthly update for a few months but all of our attention has been focused on responding to the apprenticeship funding consultation. I want to start with this very issue – looking at where we are now and our next steps.

Apprenticeships Reform

In terms of our response to the funding consultation we did a superb job in encouraging over 450 employers across the North West to respond. This also helped inform a NWPN Provider response to the consultation which stressed that this  response was a summary of what NW employers are saying. The key message is that the majority of employers won’t employ apprenticeships in the future if the changes go ahead and the vast majority want apprenticeship funding to continue to go through employers if that is what the employer wants. Very powerful messages and an excellent response- well done to all involved. Each of our sub regions are now talking to ‘influencers’ eg Chambers, MPs, LEPs to ensure that they understand the proposals and the negative impact that they will have on apprenticeships if implemented

It is important to remember though that the consultation was only about the routing of apprenticeship funding and implementation on other aspects have continued through trailblazers and at the time of writing ministers are about to publish the rates for trailblazers, the level of employer contribution and the additional payments for 16-18 year olds, small employers (defined as under 50 employees) and achievement. It is important that we all read and understand .

LEPs

Turning now to other matters. LEPs have now produced their latest plans for the 2014-20 European programmes but it is likely to be the turn of the year before they go out to tender . Over the next 6 months it is important to keep in touch to understand what is likely to be tendered for and what bidding/delivery partnerships need to put in place, remembering that the procurement area for most contracts will be LEP boundaries . The tenders will either come from SFA, DWP, Big Lottery or direct contracting from the LEP itself . Don’t forget that there are still significant resources available in the current programme with many of you holding contracts or being sub contractors.

LEPs will also receive confirmation in July of what support they will receive from government for their local growth plans (contained within their Strategic Economic Plans). These are really important both in terms of budgets that LEPs will receive (including FE capital) but also signalling what further  powers and authority government intends to give to LEPs. At this stage I think that City Regions will be in the strongest position

Paul Holme

Chair NWPN

Dylan Jones winner of Sefton Apprentice of the Year

High proportion of LCR Apprenticeship Award winners supported by independent providers

Many of the winning apprentices and employers in this year’s Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards received support from GMLPF’s independent, smaller training provider members.

The prestigious awards, which were held on 20th June at Lord Derby’s Estate in Knowsley, recognised and celebrated the achievements of Liverpool City Region’s most accomplished apprentices and committed employers. These included winners supported by the following GMLPF independent smaller learning provider members:

  • Dylan Jones (pictured above with Emma Sinnett from award sponsor, Mode Training) won the title of Sefton Apprentice of the Year 2014, trained and supported by Asset Training
  • Jess Lowry won the title of Liverpool Apprentice of the Year 2014, trained and supported by Mode Training
  • Melissa Murphy won the title of Knowsley Apprentice of the Year 2014, trained and supported by The Training Station
  • Bethany West won The Peter McEvoy Award for Overcoming Adversity, trained and supported by Riverside Learning and Education Centre
  • Sarah Noonan Hairdressing won the New Employer of the Year Award, with training and support provided by Mode Training

Also worthy of mention are GMLPF member, tpm, who had 2 out of 3 finalists in the SME Apprentice of the Year category and a finalist for The Peter McEvoy Award. Other GMLPF members with finalists included Michael John Academy and North West Training Council

Training provider role

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF, highlights how the achievements of the winning apprentices and employers are outstanding in their own right but also a reflection of the standard of training and support provided by the region’s highly effective and proficient training providers and colleges.

“Sometimes the role that training providers play in the Apprenticeships jigsaw is overlooked. These organisations provide the professional training to the high industry standards required by the Apprenticeship programme, tailoring their services to meet the individual needs of apprentices, and also to fit in with employers’ varied and diverse operating environments.

Unswerving dedication

“Providing this level of intensive support is challenging at the best of times, operating within an arena where policy change and funding upheaval are constant factors. It’s particularly hard for the smaller, independent training provider which is why I’m delighted that so many of them have winners in this year’s Awards, reflecting these organisations’ unswerving dedication to facilitating successful futures for our region’s young people.

“The Government’s proposed Apprenticeships Reforms spell even more challenges ahead but I have no doubt that these training providers will continue to deliver the highest quality Apprenticeships training and support for apprentices and employers in our region.”

apprenticeships presentation

GMLPF sets up school support strategy group

GMLPF is setting up a schools support strategy group to formulate the best way of supporting schools who now have a statutory duty to provide their pupils with independent careers advice.

GMLPF members have been invited to join the group which will which consider the range of support services GMLPF and its members can offer. Examples of services available to schools include: industry talks, CV writing, careers evenings, taster sessions, mock interviews, Apprenticeships presentations, Apprenticeships Q&A sessions, parent workshops, and talks by ex-apprentices. In addition, many members are in a position to support schools in the development of alternative curriculum programmes.

Supporting schools is a priority for GMLPF. We have recently put significant resource into developing communications with schools and this is already generating a keen interest in the services we can offer in conjunction with our members. Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • Sponsorship of Educate Awards 2013 and 2014
  • Educate magazine
  • Good to Go magazine
  • Schools Expo 2014
  • Development of Mapped Out online

For further information on the Schools Strategy Support Group please contact pavlina@gmlpf.net

For further information on free support services for schools available from GMLPF and its members, please email schoolsupport@gmlpf.net

 

Mapped Out Online

GMLPF is currently developing an online version of the printed version of Mapped Out which is used extensively across the region. Mapped Out Online will be situated on the GMLPF website.

Mapped Out Online is being developed to provide a user-friendly search function for the public, careers advisors and schools careers teachers to identify available local provision for 16 to 18 year olds, including Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Study Programmes.

Key tool

As well as listing provision across Liverpool City Region, the online system will provide individual provider information including location, facilities and support offered. It is hoped that the system will become a key tool for helping inform young people, parents and advisors about options at 16. A comprehensive awareness raising campaign is planned once the system has been developed.

Member training

Work on Mapped Out Online has already commenced. We envisage that by late August/early September the system will be developed to the point that we can invite GMLPF members to upload their provision and information onto the system. We will be running short training sessions to help members undertake this.

GMLPF would like to thank Connexions for their input into the project so far. We will be continuing to consult with them to ensure that as far as possible the system supports advisors who are explaining options to young people.

If you require any further details, please contact Pavlina on 07779 102 139 or pavlina@gmlpf.net

Reforms Lobbying

Since the close of the Apprenticeships Funding Reform Technical Consultation, GMLPF has met with six local MPs to highlight our concerns about the negative impact of the reforms on apprentice employers, school leavers, learners with disabilities, and apprenticeship providers.

Luciana Berger, Labour and Co-operative MP for Wavertree Liverpool, who we met with last week, has already raised our concerns in parliament. This week we are meeting with Ester McVey, Conservative MP for Wirral West and Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock to discuss the implications of the reforms.

GMLPF also sits on the Impact Assessment Group, set up by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson and chaired by Nick Small, to understand the impact of the reforms across Liverpool City Region, a group which also includes GMLPF member, tpm. We are also hoping to meet with leader of Knowsley Local Authority, Councillor Ron Rounds in the near future.

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.

Briefing

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.

Training

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.”

Full shortlist