LCR Apprenticeship Graduation 2019 Announced

3 Steps GMLPF members should now take

The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Graduation 2019 will be taking place on 7 March 2019 during National Apprenticeship Week. Organised by The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub, the event will take place at St George’s Hall in Liverpool.

This is a wonderful opportunity for apprentices to celebrate their achievements and have them marked in much the same way that university graduates do.

To ensure their apprenticeship completers are given the opportunity to participate in this celebration event, GMLPF members should follow these 3 steps:


Step 1: Identify which of your apprentices completed their programme during 2017/8

 This means apprentices resident in Liverpool City Region who completed their programme between 1st September 2017 and 31st July 2018.

Step 2: Contact these apprentices to inform them of the graduation event, and to encourage them to register quickly to avoid disappointment

 Apprentices must register by booking tickets through Eventbrite. The tickets are free. They may choose from two time slots on the day: 11.30 and 14.30. In addition, they can book tickets for up to 2 guests.

Tickets are free of charge and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There are 150 tickets for each time slot. Apprentices must register themselves and their guests via Eventbrite by Friday 22 February 2019.

Step 3: Ask the apprentice to let you know if they have secured a place at the graduation

Knowing how many of your apprentices are participating in the graduation ceremony is useful for your own information including for PR purposes. Apprentices are allowed to bring up to 2 guests – this can include a representative from their learning provider if they wish. Please advise them that they need to book tickets for their guests when they are booking their own ticket.

Additional information:

  • Each ceremony lasts for approximately two and a half hours, including registration, refreshments and graduation
  • Dress code is smart
  • For any further queries, contact [email protected]


Daniel Trades off Uni for a Career With Jaguar Land Rover

Pursuing a Trade

Ex-Calderstones student Daniel Edgar is a qualified tool maker with Jaguar Landrover in Speke.  Having started as an advanced apprentice in 2011, he has always stayed in touch with the school since he left.

Even before finishing school, Daniel was certain that pursuing a trade was his preferred option.  Armed with A levels in PE, sociology and geography he applied for Apprenticeship with a handful of large local companies.  He soon landed a great job with Jaguar Landrover in Speke as an advanced apprentice.

Daniel, who is 23 and lives in Mossley Hill in South Liverpool, is straight to the point: ‘I would recommend an Apprenticeship to anybody.  Going to university was an option after my A Levels and most of my friends went to Leeds Uni.  But financially and career wise I certainly don’t feel as if I made a mistake by not joining them.  I’m much further ahead than I would have been even if I had gained a degree.’

Solid Start to Financial Security

Although Daniel admits he missed out on the fun his friends had at university he feels that his present situation more than compensates.  He adds: ‘I am only 23 and I will be buying a house this year; I have a well paid job and don’t worry about money for things like holidays or going out.’

Explaining his job Daniel says: ‘When I am on shift my job is concerned with keeping the production line running along with my colleagues.  There are dies and press mounds that make the car panels and I have to fix them if they get broken. There are a few dozen people in a role similar to me. Each year there are new apprentice recruits and we get to mentor them.  I enjoy that because I know they are making a great career choice.’

Great Rapport

Daniel’s former Head of Sixth Form at Calderstones, Paul Richards, adds: ‘It’s very encouraging for the teaching staff when we see past students embark on promising careers. Daniel had a great rapport with the teachers at school and through staying in touch he has been back to help other students who are making applications to become apprentices at either 16 or 18 years of age.’

During 2015 a number of Calderstones students pursued Apprenticeships in a range of careers.  However, not all schools are as welcoming as Calderstones to organisations wishing to promote Apprenticeships – the government claims this reflects a ‘snobbery’ towards the vocational route. The good news is that legislation is being introduced that outlines how schools will be bound to ensure that students are educated about Apprenticeships.

GMLPF is working with schools like Calderstones that want to raise awareness of Apprenticeships as a viable option for pupils after GCSEs or A-levels. During the first 12 months of his training Daniel was supported by North West Training Council.

From volunteer to star learner

THE road to achieving a major accolade as a young learner began for 19-year-old Shannon Sample with her work as a volunteer with disabled young people.

Outstanding learner

Her passion and commitment to her role led to an apprenticeship and then the honour earlier this year of being named Outstanding Learner of the Year at the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards 2015.

Massive difference

As a classroom assistant for the Wirral-based charity Stick ‘n’ Step, Shannon is now helping to make a massive difference to the lives of children with cerebral palsy, working for an organisation that runs free conductive education sessions to stretch their abilities and help them to lead independent lives.

Like many teenagers preparing to leave school, Shannon had no fixed ideas about what she wanted to do.

She said: “I was choosing between childcare and hairdressing but decided to go down the health and social care route. When I was given the chance to volunteer at Stick ‘n’ Step, I hadn’t even thought about working with disabled children and had no idea what cerebral palsy was.

“But in my year of volunteering, I learned so much and really loved the work I was doing so, when I was asked if I wanted to become an apprentice, I was so pleased.”

Shannon, a learner with GMLPF member, Progress to Excellence, has just completed her Children and Young People’s Workforce NVQ Level 2.

A career supporting young people with disabilities

She continued: “By volunteering at the centre, the charity saw I had the potential to make a career out of caring for young people with disabilities. Stick ‘n’ Step and my assessor, Clare Wharton, were so supportive of me both as a person and as a learner.

“The work is amazing, helping during sessions with various activities and exercises for young people aged from a few months to 18.

“It’s the best job ever, working with these children and knowing I can make a big difference to their lives.”

Apprenticeship in sports opens the door to university and long term career

A sports apprenticeship with Progress Sports enabled a young man to progress onto university and secure long term employment.

Danny came to Progress Sports after leaving school. He was unsure of what career he wanted but knew he enjoyed taking part in sport. He enrolled on Progress Sports’ pre-apprenticeship programme and then went onto to complete a full sports apprenticeship with them. Whilst doing his apprenticeship, he would also coach other young people on Progress Sports training programmes, developing his skills as a coach and a tutor.

After gaining his apprenticeship, Danny was employed continuously by Progress Sports for several years. But he was keen to develop himself even further, so he decided to go to university. He knew that many universities now accept an apprenticeship as an alternative to A-levels, and successfully enrolled on a degree in sports development at Edge Hill University.

Since finishing his degree Danny has returned to work for Progress Sports as Apprenticeship Development Officer.

New Football Studies programme

In addition to their sports apprenticeships, Progress Sports have launched an exciting new course in Football Studies which is currently attracting much interest. The Level 3 BTEC course is designed for 16 to 19 year olds who want to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the sports industry, but with a specific focus on football. It combines academic sporting qualifications with practical skills development, coaching and competitive fixtures.

The course incorporates a mix of pratical work, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises. It provides the learner with real life work experience coaching at soccer school academies, holiday camps, after school clubs, community events and Saturday soccer schools.

Students will also undergo trials for selection to play for Progress Sports in the 11 a-side English Colleges Football Association League (ECFA).
For further information, please call 0151 298 9139 and ask about the new Football Studies course or email [email protected]