Online Directory of 16 to 18 provision on Merseyside

GMLPF has developed a live online directory of Apprenticeships and other training opportunities available for young people aged 16 to 18 in the Merseyside area.

Training options

Mapped Out Online has been designed to help young people explore the training options available to them when they leave school, or if they drop out of college. These include Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Study Programmes and NVQs, searchable by industry sector. The directory provides useful information such as the location of training providers and colleges who provide the courses, transport routes, and details of additional support available including financial support.

Tool for advisors

Mapped Out Online is a useful tool for individuals and organisations who advise and guide young people in their careers choices including schools, parents, careers advisors, youth centres and community organisations.

Researching options

James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF said

Mapped Out Online is one of the projects that GMLPF is investing in to help Merseyside’s young people start successful careers by developing their skills. Sometimes the first step in this important journey can be the most difficult – researching the options and just finding out exactly what courses and opportunities are out there. Mapped Out Online, which once launched will list courses from over 60 Merseyside training providers and colleges, will go some way to overcoming this first hurdle.”

Mapped Out Online directory is a web version of the printed fold-out poster of Apprenticeships provision which has been widely distributed across Merseyside for the last 3 years. GMLPF would like to thank Greater Merseyside Career Connect Partnership for their invaluable input during the consultation stages of Mapped Out Online.

Mapped Out Online is currently in test stages and will be formally launched in January. For further information please contact [email protected]

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]

Vocational route secures bright future for Abbie after troubled school days

A vocational training programme and a supportive learning provider have helped Abbie turn her life around after a difficult time at school.

Abbey was referred to Young Persons Opportunities Project (YPOP) in 2006 by her school, Gateacre Comprehensive, who have a long term partnership with the Speke-based training centre. Abbie was in year 10 but her attendance at school had become very poor due to a difficult family situation. She began to avoid school, losing most of her friends, and she ended up becoming very isolated.

Training and support

In close consultation with Abbie and her school, YPOP drew up a programme of training and support to help her develop skills and build her confidence. At first it was difficult for Abbie to get into a routine of attending YPOP training centre as she had spent so much time at home. Her motivation was low as she had missed so much school work and felt quite hopeless. But gradually, with the support of YPOP staff, she started to get her life back together, and achieved NVQs levels 1, 2 and 3 in Business Administration and Customer Service.


Abbie is now employed by YPOP as an administrator and NVQ Assessor. She is currently studying for the ATT accountancy qualifications, and aims to eventually go to university to become a fully qualified accountant.

It was not an easy journey for Abbie but she has applied herself with the support and encouragement of YPOP staff:

“My turning point was when I started to trust staff at YPOP who kept telling me I was intelligent and capable. I have achieved and succeeded beyond what I thought was possible,” she says.

Young Persons Opportunities Project has been delivering vocational courses to young people for over 22 years. They offer vocational courses and quality training and support to young people and aim to increase educational achievement and develop life skills and personal potential.

They currently offer a study programme for 16 to 19 year olds, which prepares students for employment, apprenticeships, further education and training. Some students will be entitled to a bursary and bus pass. They offer courses in the following areas:

  • Childcare: The Childcare Diploma for Children and Young Peoples Workforce is offered at Level 2 and 3
  • Construction: The construction related courses are accredited by EDI; this is for the Skills for Working Life in Brick & Joinery, and CAA (The Construction Award Alliance) for the higher level BCO course.
  • Horticulture: Students grow vegetables, plants, flowers, fruits and learn about the importance of composting.
  • National Maths, English and ITC Functional skills. This year they will also offer the IGCSE in Maths and English
  • Customer Service at NVQ Levels 1, 2 & 3.
  • ICT: Diploma in IT, and entry level ICT

YPOP are currently recruiting onto their training courses. For further information contact 0151 233 2078

Liverpool apprentices qualify as finalists in leading national hair competition

Two apprentices who are in training with GMLPF member tpm have qualified as  North West finalists in the L’Oreal Colour Trophy competition.  Molly O’Callaghan and Corry Davies are both employed by Hooka Salons in Liverpool, working alongside many successful stylists who also completed apprenticeships with tpm

The brief for the competition was to create a female look that demonstrated a wearable, commercial, fashion-led high street colour and finish. Molly and Corry were selected as two of five regional finalists for the L’Oreal Young Colourist Award. Their skills will be further tested next week at the regional finals in Manchester, followed by the Northern finals in June if they get through. Prizes for the winner include memberships of the Professional Colour Academy 2014/15; a comprehensive one year development programme working with leading UK colourists; and a mentoring programme

Outstanding apprentice employer

No less than 7 of Molly and Corry’s colleagues have also made the North West finals in various award categories. Hooka Salons is an outstanding example of an apprenticeship employer. They have worked with tpm for many years, providing opportunities for young people to develop award-standard skills which are recognised by national competitions like L’Oreal’s. Salon owner and style director, Dion Padden, who is also a tpm graduate, comments:

“We are so proud to be the only salon that achieved 100 %; all our entries reaching the finals of this leading competition! This is testimony to how dedicated both Hooka and tpm are to the training and development of the staff and apprentices”.


Hair and barbering manager at tpm, Lesley Lavin said, “Hooka have every reason to celebrate – they are an inspiration to their staff, including their apprentices. A long-standing client of tpm, it’s a real pleasure to work with an organisation that has skills development as a high priority. We’re not surprised at their success in the heats of the Colour Trophy; we wish them every success in the finals”.