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


GMLPF launch app for young people

GMLPF puts training on the map with Mapped Out, a new app to help fix ‘broken’ careers advice

GMLPF has launched a new mobile app to connect school leavers and other young people to learning opportunities across the Liverpool City Region.

Mapped Out is the first app of its kind in the UK and builds on the success of GMLPF’s original web version. Primarily a tool for young people and school leavers, the app is also an invaluable service for schools, parents, community organisations and careers advisors.

Free to download on a compatible mobile device, the app gives users the opportunity to search for different training options (apprenticeships, traineeships, study programmes, NVQs) or find training courses based on location or industry. It covers all training opportunities across Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton.

GMLPF’s app directory will enable youngsters to search for training in their local area across more than 30 industries, which include some of the region’s key growth sectors: engineering, creative & digital as well as life science & health.

The app was launched at an exclusive breakfast briefing at Liverpool’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, with speakers including chief executive of GMLPF James Glendenning; Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment & Skills and Apprentice Ambassador Stefan Price.

Broken careers advice

Councillor Nick Small endorsed the initiative and on the day spoke of the long standing issue of ‘broken’ careers advice for young people.

He says: “Pioneering developments such as this app are at the heart of ensuring the future of the next generation through quality skills provision. Whilst the Apprenticeships sector is undergoing significant change, Mapped Out ensures young people have the means to keep updated about local training opportunities.

“GMLPF is to be praised for raising their game to help young people just starting out in their careers.”

Big difference

Stefan Price, 16, from Bootle, is a digital media apprentice with Ph.Creative in Liverpool. In his role as an Apprenticeships Ambassador, he helped launch the app and spoke of his struggle to find an apprenticeship locally with no guidance from his school.

He says: “Leaving school is a very daunting time, especially for any 16 year olds who do not want to stay on for sixth form. The app makes it easier to get career information and find local skills providers by area, level of training and even includes hundreds of job types to choose from. This wasn’t around when I left school and it would have made a big difference.”
GMLPF Chief Executive James Glendenning, adds: “It is crucial for young people to know what career options are available and where. With Government rules stating that everybody has to be in training or education until they are 18, there is still a lot of confusion about whether they have to stay on at school – but they don’t.

“The app offers practical help and advice to young people taking that first step onto the career ladder outside the school gates.”

The Mapped Out app is now available to download for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store. The web version can be accessed via www.gmlpf.net/mappedout

Why Calderstones School scooped GMLPF sponsored careers award

Rich Tapestry of Life

Calderstones School is the only over-subscribed state funded comprehensive in Liverpool. Their annual intake is a staggering ten classes.

Two hundred and fifty five students in each year group ensure a rich tapestry of school culture.

No wonder that they are too busy to pay heed to Michael Wilshaw’s comments during 2015 that schools are ‘selfish’ in their careers advice. That does not mean, however that they aren’t contradicting that in every sense possible.

‘A La Carte’ Careers Advice

The school’s entry to The Educate Awards at the end of last year in a bid for The Career Inspiration Award, sponsored by GMLPF, was truly outstanding.

Having caught the judges’ eyes with their ‘A La Carte’ careers advice, they were worthy winners. We spoke to Deputy Head Sharon Ellis to find out more. She says:

‘Career advice is part of the curriculum here at Calderstones. From year 7 to 13 we put significant time and resources into inspiring our pupils understanding the full range of career pathways available.  It isn’t one size fits all here, so each pupil is given individual advice. Yes of course we have to manage expectations, say where somebody isn’t suited to A Levels; but there are always other options that will actually realise pupil potential much more effectively.’

World of Work Day

In their award entry, the Calderstones team demonstrated that all staff are expected to inspire pupils and to deliver sessions to engage the entire school community, including parents.

The initiatives by the school to achieve this are wide ranging. An attempt is made to funnel pupils based on ability, what they are interested in and where they are most likely to succeed.  This starts in the classroom, and extends throughout the school and onto the internet.

Every term, there is a careers assembly. Guest speakers have included representatives from many of the city’s training providers.

The highlight of the careers calendar is ‘World of Work Day’. Every two years the careers fair creates a buzz around school and attracts big employers such as leading law firm Hill Dickinson to engineering companies such as TTE.  Royal & Sun Alliance also support the school with mock interviews.

During the course of the year students went off campus to learn more about different industries and careers. Visits were hosted by Laing O’Rourke to see the new Alder Hey site and Bibby Offshore in Aberdeen.

As well as North West universities, students with extraordinary academic ability were able to visit both Oxbridge Universities. The school was also able to offer financial support so that students could attend Medlink conferences and residential courses at Cambridge University.

Practical Measures

Practical measures are taken including a careers advice wall; whilst access to the national Apprenticeship website is arranged for older pupils.

The initiatives listed above are just examples. Calderstones School has a full time careers mentor, Chris Murphy who helps to coordinate a comprehensive programme throughout the year.

Alongside careers advice students are encouraged to develop in other ways to get themselves ready for the world of work and enrich their experiences.

The National Citizenship Service has allowed students to develop their transferable skills and improve interview techniques, as well as build their CVs.

Pupils who need extra guidance have taken part in the New Horizon programme, helping year 10 and 11 students with employability skills.  Stress busting workshops, time management coaching and visits from past students all contribute to the menu of advice on offer.

For the last two years Calderstones School has ensured that on completion of their education all pupils have secured relevant education, employment and training opportunities. Considering the number of students at transition points at the end of each academic year this is a real achievement.

Leading to Amazing Careers

Calderstones’ most recent information on the destinations of their students makes interesting reading.

Sixth form students have gone on to degrees in law and criminology, biomedical science and chemical engineering. Other further education was pursued by 16 years olds in everything from games design to music and bricklaying to beauty.

Some students enrolled in the armed forces, including one Royal Marine. And during 2015 a good number of students went enrolled on Apprenticeships, starting careers in professions ranging from hairdressing to plumbing.

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers’ Federation (GMLPF) Chief Executive James Glendenning says: ‘Schools are responsible for offering careers advice to their pupils including viable career alternatives to staying on at school’.

‘The award put the spotlight on schools that are taking their responsibilities seriously. We sponsor this award to highlight good practice and provide inspiration to other schools.’ he said.


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]

Learning Plus Expo 2014

Schools Select Learning Plus Expo 2014

GMLPF is looking forward to meeting school heads, governers, teachers and other learning professionals at the Schools Select Learning Plus Expo on June 16th. As exhibitors at the event, we will be speaking to audiences about the support GMLPF and its members can offer schools in the area of raising awareness of Apprenticeships and other vocational options for pupils.

School support services

The support GMLPF offers schools is provided in conjunction with its members – over 60 providers of Apprenticeships and other work-based learning – and takes the form of attendance at careers evenings, pupil-friendly presentations, parent workshops, and provision of support materials such as lesson plans. GMLPF members have exceptional expertise and experience of training for specific industry sectors and are well positioned to inform pupils about using Apprenticeships and associated training programmes as routes into successful professional careers.

School curriculum

The Schools Select Learning Plus Expo 2014 takes place at the Cunard Building as part of Eduation Week at the International Festival for Business. The event is an opportunity for high quality providers to showcase their services to  an invited audience of teaching professionals. Via the exhibitors, the event presents a plethora of innovative ways to increase pupil achievement and attainment levels. The exhibition provides delegates with the opportunity to meet workshop providers in person and discuss the ways their services can benefit the school curriculum.

Find out more about becoming a GMLPF member

New careers resources help pupils plan for future job opportunities

Jobs for Tomorrow is a series of local resources including lesson plans, films, case studies and job profiles which will both inspire and enable people across the Liverpool City Region to better plan their career path and progression.

The work forms part of the Liverpool City Region’s and Government’s desire for more informed and empowered learner choices, supported by the most up-to-date labour market and careers information, but accessible for school children, undergraduates and jobseekers to see opportunities and pursue them.

Funded as part of the Liverpool City Region Deal with Government, the Employment and Skills Board commissioned Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership to produce the series of careers materials for our key economic growth sectors. This includes the Visitor Economy (tourism and leisure industries), Superport (maritime, logistics and distribution, airport), Low Carbon Sector and the Knowledge Economy which covers growth in advanced manufacturing, financial and professional services, life sciences and creative and digital sectors. (particularly incorporating science, technology, engineering or maths skills within the workforce) The resources are far ranging including information on work as an App Designer, Paralegal, Transport Planner and Biomedical Support Worker.

The materials are aimed to be used by year 7 pupils onwards and into adulthood and they should be useful to professionals working with young people and adults, including teachers and careers advisors.

Richard Else, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover and Chair of the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board said “This is just one of a range of initiatives we are introducing to help our young people and adults prepare for employment. Not only can our residents better plan their career path, but employers have played a key part in developing the materials to ensure potential employees are aware of the skills employers are looking for. Through the materials, we are supporting our residents to achieve their career aspirations.”

Jobs For Tomorrow careers resources