GMLPF CEO Stan Pochron announces retirement

Dear colleagues, partners and friends of GMLPF,

As some of you might have heard, I shall be retiring from GMLPF at the end of July.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed and worked to consolidate GMLPF into a positive force for change, development and communication across Merseyside and the region.  It is a bittersweet time. I shall be sorry to leave this beloved post and the many friends and partners who have made my working a day a delight and a challenge for improving the future of learning.

Over the past 8 years,  I have been privileged to work on your behalf to strengthen GMLPF, collate your respective concerns and represent your interests and constructive thoughts to develop Apprenticeships, learning and respect for vocational learning.

Recent acknowledgements by the Government and local agencies, now recognise that the future of our country and region, lies in the hands of dedicated and skilled professionals, such as the members of GMLPF. I am happy to confirm our collective intention to continue to help drive our economy forward and more importantly, to continue supporting the up-skilling and qualification of our region’s young people into a talented and dynamic workforce. The recent 1st Annual Apprenticeship Awards ceremony was a real delight to sponsor – an opportunity to  celebrate  the thousands of successful,  hard working Merseyside Apprentices and their providers.

I am happy to leave GMLPF in good and capable hands,  with an experienced Board of Directors and committed staff. They were recognised as being well above  average  by the recent Ofsted Report,  confirming  GMLPF as “Very Good” and going on to being outstanding!  I will have many pleasant memories to take away with me, of activities, events, occasions and indeed meetings…that have helped  shape our unique,  positive  working relationships on Merseyside.  Long may it continue and prosper!

Thank you all … and I wish you the very best in your future endeavours



Ex apprentice Daniel, now manager

Apprenticeship leads to management success

Daniel Callister is clear proof that an apprenticeship is an ideal foundation for a very successful career.

Daniel completed an intermediate and then an advanced apprenticeship in childcare with Liverpool learning provider, tpm in 2007. As a 17-year old apprentice, he was employed by Upton Day Nursery. Now age 27, he has just been promoted to manager of their new centre in Widnes and is very proud of the bright, spacious and well-equipped nursery he is charge of.


Daniel has dyslexia and technology has played an important part in overcoming this barrier to learning. Demonstrating an award-winning application ‘2 build a profile’ on his iPad, Dan explains:

“Technology has enabled me to access learning and helped my progression from apprenticeship to higher level qualifications. It’s vital to work responsibly with technology, particularly in a child-centred industry industry but equally important to acknowledge the useful learning, management and administration systems it provides for the modern children’s nursery”.

The app Dan uses is typical of assistive technologies that both make apprenticeships and higher learning accessible to people with dyslexia and reduce their administrative burdens. tpm help their learners identify how to make the most of these technologies to achieve success and realise their potential.

Foundation degree and professional status

Daniel recently completed his first year exams on the ‘FdA Early Years Practice’ programme at Liverpool John Moore’s University. This is a level 5 qualification is endorsed by the Children’s Workforce Development Council – CWDC. Daniel will continue to attend university 2 nights per week for another year.

Now a regular member of tpm’s childcare employer focus group, Daniel contributes to their curriculum development and quality improvements. tpm director, Brian Quinn commends Daniel’s committment:

“Dan is a beacon to all young people aspiring to professional status. He has broken traditional female stereotypes in the childcare sector, and defeated barriers to learning with dignity. We’re immensely proud of his achievements!’

Learning support

Daniel values the support he received from tpm highly:

“The encouragement and dyslexia-learning-support I received were critically important and provided me with long-term strategies for learning. These have given me the confidence to continue studying further to achieve my career aspirations.”

If you would like to know more about apprenticeship opportunities, dyslexia or learning support at tpm, contact one of their specialists on 0151 709 6000.

GMLPF sponsor Career Aspiration Award

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation has recently signed up as sponsor of an exciting new award to be presented at the 2013 Educate Awards to be held in December.

The Career Aspiration Award will recognise the school that has done the most to help its pupils and their parents understand the different career pathways open to school leavers. The judges of this award will be looking for innovative and creative approaches to providing pupils with advice and guidance on the full spectrum of opportunities including both academic routes and vocational options such as Apprenticeships.

Apprentices help create prototype wheelchair for young sportspeople

An exciting new project which enables young wheelchair users in the North West to participate in sport is being launched by North West Training Council (NWTC)  and The Greenbank Project.

The project will see the manufacture of new prototype power-hockey wheelchairs for use by young sports people with disabilities. The wheelchair was jointly designed in 2011 by Sefton-based North West Training Council (NWTC), a specialist provider of engineering and construction apprenticeships, and The Greenbank Project.

NWTC apprentices employed at Jaguar Land Rover were involved in creating the prototype wheelchair which includes firing mechanisms, a variable speed control and unique flexible “V” at the front of the chair that allows players to dribble the hockey ball or football. A specialist compressed air mechanism shoots or passes the ball. The chairs are also designed to enable players to bump into each other to allow for safe tackling.

Paul Musa, Chief Executive of North West Training Council said

“We are delighted to be working with The Greenbank Project who provide invaluable support and opportunities to disabled people in Liverpool, and to help enhance lives for disabled young people in the North West.”

Greenbank first developed a specialist power-hockey chair in 2000 to enable children with muscular dystrophy & cerebral palsy to play hockey.

It has been a dream of Gerry Kinsella, chief executive of The Greenbank Project to have power-hockey recognised as a sport in its own right and to one day feature in the Paralympic Games.

With The Greenbank Project, NWTC aims to set up a social enterprise to manufacture low cost power chairs to make the sport accessible to as many young people with disabilities as possible.

The Greenbank team will develop the sport through an outreach programme in schools and community clubs. The project will also work to oversee the future of the sport and campaign for its national recognition.

Sowing the seeds of success

Two young men from Netherley are the latest success stories from the Young Persons Opportunities Project (YPOP) and its Key to Apprenticeships programme in Horticulture.

17-year-olds Adam and Connor found out about Key to Apprenticeships through YPOP’s outreach work in the local community and youth clubs. They had not been in education or employment since leaving school over a year ago.

The 10-week Key to Apprenticeships programme in Horticulture at YPOP combines practical horticulture skills with boosting competencies in maths, English and personal development. It gives young people qualities that employers look for in new recruits.

During their practical sessions, Adam and Connor worked outside on a variety of land spaces, using different tools and techniques. Specialist horticulture tutors gave them professional guidance in key areas such as building, planting planters for the local village, and growing vegetables for pensioners.

Having completed the course, Adam and Connor have achieved Level 1 qualifications in horticulture and personal development, additional qualifications in maths and English, and certificates in manual handling.

The future’s now bright for the green-fingered duo – they hope to progress onto full Apprenticeships in horticulture. They are also setting up their own business together – a gardening service for local pensioners.

Connor, said:

“YPOP’s Key to Apprenticeships programme gave Adam and I a real taste of what a career in horticulture has to offer. We’re both proud of our achievements and are looking forward to starting our careers in this industry. YPOP has really supported us, helping us to achieve job skills and qualifications, and encouraging us the whole way”.

YPOP project manager, Ann Johnson, said:

“We’ve been delivering vocational programmes to young people since 2000. Schools we work with include Parklands High School, St Hilda’s College, St Julies High School, SFX College, Calderstones School, Belvedere Academy, Gateacre School, Palmerston Special School, Palmerston Special School, Halewood Academy, ESLA and Archbishop Blanch School, providing vocational training to their pupils aged14 and over. Many of these pupils come onto courses with us when they leave school, gaining further qualifications to enhance their careers prospects. YPOP has already offered over 60 Key to Apprenticeships places to local young people finishing school this summer. We look forward to many more successes like those of Adam and Connor.”

For more information call Young Persons Opportunities Project 0151 233 2078