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

New Schools Statutory Guidance on Careers Advice Spells Out Access for Providers

Following the publication of the Government’s Careers Strategy in December 2017, the DfE have this month issued revised statutory guidance for schools regarding their duties relating to independent careers guidance. Of particular relevance to GMLPF members is the new legal duty for schools to provide access to providers of technical education and Apprenticeships.

Key points from the Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance (Careers Guidance And Access for Education and Training Providers) of relevance to GMLPF members are as follows:

  • Gatsby Benchmarks
    The Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance recommends that secondary schools and academies should adopt the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop/improve careers provision.
  • Benchmark 7
    States that by age 16 “every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities…… including Apprenticeship providers.”
  • Apprenticeships
    The Statutory Guidance states that “every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or Apprenticeships.”
  • Policy Statement
    Every school MUST publish a “policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed”. Schools must publish this on their website. The Guidance provides an example of a policy statement on provider access and this features a named contact that providers should contact to request access to pupils.
  • No exceptions
    Schools MUST make provider visits available to ALL pupils, and “should not do anything which might limit the ability of pupils to attend”. Examples of unacceptable behaviours are given as “restricting invitations to selected groups of pupils”.
  • ASK programme
    It is suggested that schools make use of locally available support, such as the ASK programme, which GMLPF is contracted to deliver to schools with the support of members.
  • Labour Market Information
    It is advised that schools should ensure that all pupils have made use of information about career paths and labour market information to inform their decisions. Here, it is obvious that information and data about Liverpool City Region Growth Sectors and associated opportunities will be particularly useful for local schools.
  • Addressing individual pupil needs
    In relation to careers advice, schools are advised to ensure that “young people from all backgrounds, gender and diversity groups, including those with special education needs and disabilities consider the widest possible range of careers.” They should also take particular care to identify those pupils who are at risk of non-participation post 16 and draw support to ensure transition into further education or training. Here, GMLPF members who have historical success in supporting these sectors of the community have a strong offer to make to schools.

Building on our experience of delivering Apprenticeships information sessions in schools as part of the ASK programme, GMLPF will be considering the scope of contributing to a coordinated support service for schools to help them deliver duties relating to provision of information about Apprenticeships and other vocational options.  

In the meantime, we strongly recommend that GMLPF members hoping to build relations with schools:

  • Familiarise themselves thoroughly with the Careers Strategy, Statutory Guidance and Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Familiarise themselves with LCR Growth Sector information and opportunities
  • From now on, review policy statements on schools’ websites to identify named contacts to arrange visits to increase likelihood of “speaking to the right person”
  • Consider tailoring approach to schools based on their duties as outlined in the revised statutory guidance, showing how as an Apprenticeship/vocational training provider you can help them meet their obligations

We would be interested to know your views on the revised guidance, especially suggestions for a coordinated approach for supporting schools. Please email pavlina@gmlpf.net

DfE Statutory Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers Jan 2018 

 

GMLPF member is first provider to complete EPA for Housing Apprenticeships Standards

GMLPF member Sysco, has become the first training provider in the country to complete the End-Point Assessment (EPA) for the new Housing Apprenticeship Standards with learner Hannah Chambers, 24.

Distinction

Hannah, (pictured left with Jackie Grannell, Sysco Training Advisor), has been working for Stockport Homes Group (SHG) for the last 16 months after being recruited by Sysco as part of the SHG Apprenticeship Scheme and was signed up to Sysco’s Housing / Property Management Assistant Trailblazer Housing Standard in August 2016. As the first End-Point Assessment to take place in England, the process has been a learning experience for both Sysco and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) who acted as both the awarding body and Independent Assessment Organisation. Hannah performed exceptionally well, supported by Sysco’s trainers, earning the highest grading available, distinction.

What employers are looking for

“Sysco worked with us on a pilot basis, helping us to overcome the challenge of setting up processes and procedures that not only reflect the standards but also the roles of employers and training providers in supporting apprentices,” said Dr Veronica Coatham of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

“Sysco are the first training provider to submit an apprentice through the gateway for assessment with CIH and we are grateful to Sysco and Stockport Homes for working with us on setting up the first professional conversation – Sysco’s managers have been very helpful in supporting us and prepared the apprentice very well. It is good to see that the new apprenticeships are delivering what employers and the sector are looking for.”

Recent reform

In Britain there are over 5 million homes owned by housing associations and local councils. Affordable housing needs people to manage the services customers need so the Government has recently reformed Housing Apprenticeships to enable housing professionals to provide these services. Issues such as the rise in homelessness and repossessions, Universal Credit, Government reductions in rent and housing shortages are having significant effects on the role of the Housing professional.

As a result, new housing qualifications have been developed to address the need for housing professionals to work with other public services to regenerate the communities in which people live. The new Housing Standards include qualifications and learnt skills, knowledge and experience that focus on these new challenges.

The completion of the first End-Point Assessment and the achievement of the first Housing Apprenticeship Standard marks the point where these new qualifications are being achieved by housing professionals and Housing Associations, addressing the new challenges originally identified by the trailblazer consultations.

What Every School Pupil Should Know About Apprenticeships

Here’s a good resource and starting point for pupils exploring their options or careers teachers talking to students about careers choices at 16:  Five things every school pupil should know about Apprenticeships:

1. There are loads of opportunities! – More and more prestigious employers now employ apprentices straight from school

There are many Apprenticeship opportunities available whenever you choose to leave school – after your GCSEs or after your A-levels. This is because more and more employers realise that Apprenticeships are a great way for them to recruit new young talent. And so they create more vacancies for school leavers who are looking for Apprenticeships. The Apprenticeships vacancies they offer are paid positions with a structured programme of training. They’re a fantastic way to start a career in your chosen industry. In Liverpool City Region, there are many prestigious and well-established employers who recruit school leavers through Apprenticeships, for example Jaguar Land Rover, the NHS, Liverpool University, National Grid, Barbara Daley, the Crown Prosecution Service, Liverpool City Council, Dixons and many more.

2. Equal footing! – Apprenticeships are no longer the poor relation of A-levels or university

Once upon a time Apprenticeships were seen as the choice for pupils who weren’t cut out for an academic route. Schools tended to push their less able students towards this option. However, things have changed! Now, as Apprenticeships offer such a promising long term career, and great earning potential with some of the country’s best companies, more and more able students are choosing Apprenticeships over A-levels, and traditional university courses. What some people don’t realise is that Apprenticeships offer very good progression opportunities. Pupils who leave school after GCSEs can start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship, and then progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. If they want to continue, they can progress onto a Higher Apprenticeship which is equal to university level qualifications.

3. Earn and Learn! Apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds

Apprenticeships mean you can keep on learning after school but you’ll be earning a wage too! You’ll receive the minimum apprentice wage for your age but many employers pay much more. You’ll receive holiday pay too. It’s the best of both worlds. The qualifications you achieve are official and specific to the industry you have chosen to build a career in. Training is a mix of on-the-job skills practice and classroom learning. You’ll be supported by a training organisation throughout your programme of training, as well as your employer.

4. It’s not a walk in the park! – Apprenticeships aren’t necessarily the easy option

Some people wrongly think that Apprenticeships are an easy option. Not true! To achieve an Apprenticeship takes hard work. Not only that, because you are employed by a company, you are expected to turn up to work and training sessions on time, behave responsibly, and demonstrate that you are committed to achieving your qualifications. In return, you’ll be benefitting in many ways – earning a wage, getting qualified, picking up the skills required for work, and building your career.

5. Unbelievable choice! You can do an Apprenticeship in almost every industry

There are a wide range of Apprenticeships available, in pretty much every sector of employment. Here are some examples of Apprenticeships available in different industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Care: Equine; Forestry; Veterinary Nursing; and many more

Arts, Media, Publishing: Creative & Digital Media; Live Events & Promotion; Music Business; and many more

Business, Administration & Law: Accounting, Banking, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales; and many more

Construction: Electro-technical; Plumbing & Heating; Surveying; and many more

Engineering & Manufacturing: Engineering Construction; Domestic Heating; Driving Goods Vehicles; Gas Industry; Glass Industry; Marine Industry; Rail Industry; and many more

Health, Public Services & Care: Children & Young People’s Workforce; Emergency Fire Service Operations; Health & Social Care; Housing; Security Services; and many more

Information & Communication Technology; IT Application Specialist; IT, Software, Telecoms Specialists; and more

Leisure, Travel & Tourism: Instructing Exercise & Fitness; Leisure Operations; Playwork; Travel Services; and many more

Retail & Commercial Enterprise: Barbering; Beauty Therapy; Fashion & Textiles; Hairdressing; Property Services; Warehousing; and many more

 

We can come and do free presentations and workshops about Apprenticeships in your school. Careers teachers or pupils can find out more by emailing pavlina@gmlpf.net or calling the Schools Support Team on 0151 707 8775.

5 Reasons to Book an Apprenticeships Information Session for your School

Reason 1: Schools have a statutory obligation to advise pupils on Apprenticeships

As stated in the DfE’s statutory guidance for schools (January 2018), “schools must secure independent guidance that includes information on the full range of education and training options, including apprenticeships and vocational pathways.”

To fulfil this, schools must keep informed about the features, benefits, availability and processes for enrolling on Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships. This ensures that the advice they give pupils is correct, relevant and up-to-date – information can change regularly, particularly in relation to which Apprenticeships are available.

Through the government’s Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) programme, GMLPF offers information sessions to Liverpool City Region schools, helping them meet statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to Apprenticeships and Traineeships. These sessions are tailored for years 10 and 11.

GMLPF’s Apprenticeship experts will come to your school to deliver your choice from our portfolio of school support services. Pick from group assemblies; practical hands-on sessions to help pupils sign up to the national Find An Apprenticeship service; providing information at schools careers events; parent information sessions; Apprenticeship Champion training for careers advisers and teachers.

Reason 2: High quality advice to help pupils make informed career choices

Because it’s a Government programme, the information provided through GMLPF’s ASK sessions is always correct and up-to-date. The individuals who deliver the sessions in schools are fully trained Apprenticeships experts who attend regular updates to keep up with changing information. They are subject to external quality inspections, ensuring top quality advice is provided to pupils, parents and teachers.

The ASK team also have in-depth knowledge of the local Apprenticeships landscape – what the growth industries are in Liverpool City Region, and which sectors are likely to see an increase in availability of Apprenticeships and long term careers for school leavers. They are also able to advise on Higher Apprenticeships for university level study, how Apprenticeships are funded, and any impact signing up to an Apprenticeship can have on family benefits.

Reason 3: It’s free!

Yes, the service is absolutely free to Liverpool City Region schools. We’ll come along and speak to pupils, show them how to search for and get notified of Apprenticeships vacancies in their industries of interest. We’ll speak to parents, train Apprenticeship Champions, set up shop at careers evenings, and dispense official information booklets and leaflets – all free of charge.

Reason 4: Feedback from schools shows they find the sessions invaluable

GMLPF has already delivered its ASK services to many schools across Liverpool City Region. Feedback from schools has been extremely positive. It shows they have found the information sessions and our other Apprenticeships support services an ideal way to provide pupils with the latest information about Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Schools have also told us that booking an ASK sessions is a good way of demonstrating to Ofsted inspectors that they are properly addressing their statutory obligations, accessing good quality Apprenticeships information, advice and guidance for their pupils, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.

Reason 5: Easy to book

Booking one of our ASK services couldn’t be easier – just email pavlina@gmlpf.net or call 0151 707 8775 and ask for the Schools Support Team.