Metro Mayor and Sefton Council leader with GMLPF Board

Skills providers are key drivers of economic success in Liverpool City Region says Metro Mayor and Council Leader

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Cllr Ian Maher Leader of Sefton Council and LCR Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills both highlighted how the combined authority and regional skills providers can work together to tackle skills gaps in the city region, at an event last week.

The Metro Mayor and the Sefton Council Leader specifically recognised and gave due credence to the critical role of skills providers in the future prosperity of Liverpool City Region. They were both speaking at a special briefing event organised by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) for its members last week.

Andy Fawcett, executive director of Greater Manchester Provider Network was also a key speaker at the event at the Royal Liver Building held to focus attention on the role of the skills provider in delivering devolution.

Committed to working with skills providers

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Ensuring that our residents have the right skills to prosper in the 21st century economy is a key priority for the Combined Authority, and we are committed to working closely with skills providers to ensure that happens.”

Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Devolution has given us greater powers around skills, not least through responsibility for the Adult Education Budget.  Whilst we are working within a local, regional and national market, it is really important that we have a strong and vibrant local provider base that is meeting local needs.”

Important step

Almost 100 skills provider representatives attended the event on Friday. The session was welcomed by all as an important step to ensuring employers and learners are supported in ways that help the local economy flourish.

GMLPF is a membership organization representing over 70 Apprenticeship and skills providers in Liverpool city region. Their mission is to drive the prosperity of Liverpool City Region by building a foundation of skills for economic success. They do this by supporting the evolution of education and skills providers to meet local and national priorities, for the benefit of individuals, communities and businesses in the region.

Partnership approach

Ian Lomas, chief executive of GMLPF said

“Friday’s event has further strengthened dialogue between decision makers within Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and skills providers, enabling a partnership approach to mapping priorities and opportunities for the delivery of skills following devolution.

“We are very grateful to the Metro Mayor and Cllr Maher for sharing their vision and committing to ongoing dialogue with our members, who are at the coal face of skills delivery in Liverpool City Region. We are also grateful to Andy Fawcett who shared the experience and perspective of providers in the Greater Manchester area.” 

Sysco announce Apprenticeship Award winners

GMLPF member, Sysco, recently announced their Apprentice and Employer of the Year awards. Apprentice of the Year is Kaitlyn Brown, a customer service apprentice with Kindfulness Coffee Club in Bootle, whilst Sysco Apprentice Employer of the Year is Adactus Housing Group.

Kindfulness Coffee Club are a small business based in Bootle who offer support to local individuals who are dealing with bereavement, mental health issues or struggling to make ends meet. They run a wide range of groups and services, such as Mindfulness and Walk and Talk, used by all ages that benefit emotional and social wellbeing. The café is quickly becoming a community hub and provides people with a hot drink and a friendly ear for their troubles.

Exceptional

Kaitlyn, pictured above with customers, has had an exceptional impact during the time she has been with the club. Due to her role being so specialist, her training was extended to include Safeguarding and Suicide prevention so that she can provide the right support to individuals who require it. Kaitlyn feels that her Apprenticeship “turned out to be so much more than a Customer Service certificate”.

Career progression

Employer of the Year, Adactus Housing Group, has recently merged with New Charter Housing Group to form a new organisation called Jigsaw. Several of their apprentices nominated them for the way they recognise and meet the needs of their apprentices, and for the career progression support they offer.

Hundreds of pupils get Apprenticeship savvy at What Career Live

GMLPF supported by staff from Mode Training, Sysco, JM Education and Training and Wirral Met College attended the What Career Live event held at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 23rd March offering advice and support to students across Years 10 to 13 about Apprenticeships. This was supported through the ASK (Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge) programme.

We provided a keynote talk on Apprenticeships to debunk some of the myths, and spoke to 30 schools and over 200 students on the day. 95 students to register on Find An Apprenticeship on our stand. Encouragingly, there was lots of interest on Apprenticeships from Years 12 and 13 students.

Through the event we also raised £39 for Sport Relief. A big thanks to GMLPF members who released staff to help us on the day

Want to know more about post-school options? Essential event for 15-19 year olds opening soon!

If you are confused about post-school options, don’t miss What Career Live? and What University Live? at the Exhibition Centre on 23 & 24 March.

This event is the ideal place to:

  • Compare universities and apprenticeships side-by-side
  • Get one-to-one advice from careers experts
  • Be inspired at careers presentations and workshops

Features include a Cyber Security ChallengeCreative HubCV ClinicMock Assessment Centre and a STEM Challenge to help inspire you with career choices and prepare you for the application process.

If you want to know more about Apprenticeships, pop along to the ASK Stand (F70) where you can get more information and talk to somebody about Apprenticeships and registering on the Find An Apprenticeship Service

Free entry for students, parents and careers advisors.

Book your free tickets here

 

Apprenticeships in the spotlight as solution to UK LGV driver shortage

TRS Training are marking Apprenticeships Week 2018 with the launch of an awareness raising campaign in association with the Road Haulage Association (RHA), aiming to help logistics and distribution companies address the UK LGV driver shortage.

Over the next few weeks, TRS Training will be delivering a series of presentations to members of the RHA, explaining to numerous employers in the industry how Apprenticeships are the ideal long term solution to tackling the driver shortage crisis.

Industry crisis

There is currently a shortage of approximately 60,000 large good vehicle drivers in the UK, with potential for this to rise to 150,000. The crisis is worsening due to an aging workforce – the average age of drivers is 53, and 13% are over 60. In addition, many foreign drivers who worked in the UK have returned home fuelled by Brexit fears. Another contributing factor is the lack of promotion of the sector to school leavers and other young people as a career option.

Apprenticeships solution

TRS are proposing the Apprenticeship model as a method for addressing this shortfall in driver numbers. Apprenticeships are genuine jobs with an accompanying structured skills programme that equips staff with the skills, knowledge and behaviour required for specific job roles. Employers report many benefits from employing apprentices including increase in productivity, staff loyalty and satisfaction levels.

The LGV Apprenticeship is a 12 month programme that includes LGV theory, driving practice, licence acquisition training, maths and English, and professional skills, knowledge and behaviour.   

Pioneering

The Apprenticeship awareness raising campaign follows the launch of a pioneering programme developed by RHA, Close Brothers Asset Finance and TRS Training Ltd. The partnership sees Close Brothers funding a proportion of wages for 20 apprentices under the age of 24, with TRS Training developing their skills to industry standards. The trainee drivers will complete an LGV Apprenticeship and their final assessment will be undertaken by the RHA.

Time to take action

Director of TRS Training, Kevin Birch, explains the key role Apprenticeships have to play:

“The lack of drivers is having a significant negative impact on the UK road haulage sector and it’s time to take action. But there is no quick fix – this is an issue that requires a strategy and investment if we are to start reversing trends. The Apprenticeship model provides the ideal long term solution because it fosters staff loyalty and commitment as well as providing the necessary skills the industry needs. Employers favour Apprenticeships because training schedules are flexible to meet shift patterns, and drivers are developed in line with organisational culture and practices.”

Investment for future success

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the RHA, underlines the importance of raising awareness of Apprenticeships in the road haulage sector:

“Many of our members are still not fully aware of the benefits of Apprenticeships can offer. Recent government reforms have developed the programme to be more in line with employer needs and with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the time is right for employers in the industry to start considering Apprenticeships as investment for future success. This is why we have chosen to launch this information campaign and put the spotlight on Apprenticeships as a fundamental feature on the road to productivity and growth in the UK’s road haulage sector.”

The TRS Training/RHA Apprenticeships Awareness Campaign launches during Apprenticeship Week and runs until May 1st.

TRS Training

TRS Training, is a Liverpool City Region training provider delivering Apprenticeship services to logistics and manufacturing businesses across the country. Ian Lomas of the Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF), of which TRS is a member, highlights how much of an asset the training organisation is to the region:

“TRS Training are a shining example of niche Apprenticeship provision in Liverpool City Region. Their partnership with the RHA and their national client base points to their professionalism and the quality of their services. An inspirational role model for Apprenticeships best practice, TRS are an invaluable ambassador for Liverpool City Region. We’re extremely proud of the part they’re playing in tackling the UK’s LGV driver shortage through Apprenticeships.”

Schools: Register now for free live apprentice broadcasts in Apprenticeship Week

As a partner in the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge (ASK) for schools project, GMLPF is encouraging schools in Liverpool City Region to register for a series of FREE live broadcasts about Apprenticeships. 

Apprentices speaking about their careers

There is an exciting programme of live broadcasts online during Apprenticeship Week (5th to 9th March) – your students can tune in to hear what current apprentices have to say about their jobs and training and how Apprenticeships are helping them build a career. There are broadcasts from apprentices employed by IBM, the BBC, Balfour Beatty, Aviva, the NHS and many more.

Educating pupils about Apprenticeships

The broadcasts are a simple and ideal way for schools to educate their pupils about Apprenticeships. And it couldn’t be easier to register – simply visit www.amazingapprenticeships.com/live-broadcasts  

Several schools have already registered and their students will be logging on to hear apprentices speak about their experiences.

View full programme of apprentice broadcasts during Apprenticeship Week 5 – 9th March 2018

Guidance release on Apprenticeship funds transfer

The Government have released guidance on the transfer of Apprenticeship funds.

From April 2018 employers who pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer apprenticeship funds to other organisations.

Employers who want to transfer funds can find employers who want to receive a transfer in a number of ways, for example:

  • work with an employer in your supply chain
  • get in touch with employers in your industry
  • get in touch with an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA)
  • work with regional partners

Employers can transfer a maximum of 10% of annual funds. This is worked out from the total amount of levy declared, with the English % applied, plus the 10% government top-up payment.

These funds will be used to pay for the training and assessment cost of the apprenticeships agreed with the receiving employer and will be paid monthly for the duration of the apprenticeship.

Only levy-paying employers can make a transfer. Any employer can receive and use transferred funds, but they have to be registered on the apprenticeship service. A transfer can only be used to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards.

Full guidance for transfer of Apprenticeship funds

National Apprenticeships Week 2018 #NAW2018

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2018) runs from 5th to 9th March. The focus this year is on how Apprenticeships Work for individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy. Themes include #WorksForMe – an opportunity for individuals, businesses, organisations and communities to share their own story about how Apprenticeships have worked for them. Another is #10kTalks – aiming to speak to 10,000 people during the week about the benefits of Apprenticeships. GMLPF is contributing to and supporting these themes, and highlighting what activities our members have planned

GMLPF activities include:

Employer presentations

GMLPF CEO Ian Lomas has been asked to speak to employers in Knowsley on 7th March, in conjunction with LCR Apprenticeship Hub, about the benefits of Apprenticeships and the additional benefits that relationships with Apprenticeships providers bring to your business. #10kTalks

The Big Assembly

GMLPF will be supporting the #BigAssembly, the UK’s biggest Careers & Apprenticeships online presentation. We’ll be encouraging involvement from Liverpool City Region schools who have participated in our ASK (Apprenticeships Support & Knowledge in schools) programme to date. We’ll be targeting them through e-bulletins, social media activity and blogs #10kTalks #Big Assembly 

ASK Project

GMLPF and partners are working with St Julie’s, St Francis of Assisi, Fazakerly and Litherland schools during Apprenticeship Week to deliver ASK activities; careers events, assemblies and FAA registrations as part of NAW2018. #10kTalks 

Become an Apprenticeship Champion

GMLPF is working with BL Training to deliver the ASK project. One of our objectives is to develop a network of Apprentice Champions.We’re inviting members to register  as an Apprentice Champion. It is free and all Apprentice Champions can access an array of valuable information on Apprenticeships. GMLPF is hoping Liverpool City Region will have the biggest local network of champions in the country so please take a few minutes out to register.

Apprenticeship Workshops for Members

In response to feedback from members that mental health is both a real issue for learners, and a training and development need for training organisations, GMLPF is establishing a member working group to ascertain the nature and scale of the issue, what needs members have and how GMLPF might take forward development activity on behalf of members. #10kTalks

On Thursday, GMLPF is holding an English and maths exchange workshop facilitated by the ETF to explore relevant issues, share good practice and establish what development needs members have.

GMLPF Member Activities

We are keen to promote activities planned by members as part of a wider calendar of activities. We already know of a number of planned events including:

  • TRS Training Ltd in partnership with The Road Haulage Association are speaking to employers across the country about using Apprenticeships as a vehicle for addressing the UK shortage in LGV Drivers #10kTalks
  • Mode Training launching Made@Mode initiative detailing businesses and students who have achieved success through Apprenticeships at Mode #WorksForMe

Please let pavlina@gmlpf.net know of any planned activities that we can promote via our own website and the LCR Apprenticeship Hub website.

The LCR Apprenticeship Hub has a number of activities planned for NAW 2018. These include employer  Apprenticeship briefings:

Monday 5th March 09:30 – 11:00 Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce      
Please email to book events@sthelenschamber.com

Tuesday 6th March 07.30 – 09.30 Halton Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Inn Runcorn 
Please email to book   apprenticeshiphub@halton.gov.uk

Tuesday 6th March 09:30 – 11:00 St Helens Chamber of Commerce       
Please email to book events@sthelenschamber.com                   

Wednesday 7th March 07.45 – 09:30 Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Suites Hotel, Knowsley 
Please email to book apprenticeshiphub@halton.gov.uk

Thursday 8th March 08.00 – 09.30 Wirral Chamber, Wirral
Book here

 

Time To Talk Day 2018

Following on from discussions with members who attended our recent forum, we want to underline GMLPF’s commitment to collaborating with providers to address the growing issue of mental health and its impact on employment and skills in Liverpool City Region. As a start, we will be sharing what we feel are useful resources for members to consider using in the support of learners, staff and wider communities.

Tomorrow is Time To Talk Day 2018, established by Time To Change, the growing social movement changing how we all think and act about mental health. The Time To Change website provides a portfolio of downloadable resources and tips designed to end mental health discrimination.

We welcome any examples of mental health resources you use to support students or staff that could be shared with other GMLPF members. Please forward them to pavlina@gmlpf.net

In the near future, we plan to set up a working group focussing on the impact of mental health in the sector and develop an action plan. Any members interested in joining this group, please email ian@gmlpf.net