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

apprenticeships presentation

GMLPF sets up school support strategy group

GMLPF is setting up a schools support strategy group to formulate the best way of supporting schools who now have a statutory duty to provide their pupils with independent careers advice.

GMLPF members have been invited to join the group which will which consider the range of support services GMLPF and its members can offer. Examples of services available to schools include: industry talks, CV writing, careers evenings, taster sessions, mock interviews, Apprenticeships presentations, Apprenticeships Q&A sessions, parent workshops, and talks by ex-apprentices. In addition, many members are in a position to support schools in the development of alternative curriculum programmes.

Supporting schools is a priority for GMLPF. We have recently put significant resource into developing communications with schools and this is already generating a keen interest in the services we can offer in conjunction with our members. Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • Sponsorship of Educate Awards 2013 and 2014
  • Educate magazine
  • Good to Go magazine
  • Schools Expo 2014
  • Development of Mapped Out online

For further information on the Schools Strategy Support Group please contact pavlina@gmlpf.net

For further information on free support services for schools available from GMLPF and its members, please email schoolsupport@gmlpf.net

 

GMLPF members invited to join Apprenticeships Week 2014 bus tour

The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships Bus will be touring key locations across Liverpool City Region during National Apprenticeships Week (3rd to 7th March 2014). Young people, their parents, schools and employers are being invited to visit the bus to find out more about Apprenticeships.

GMLPF members invited to join tour

Local Apprenticeships providers who wish to get involved with the tour are invited to email Tammy Hunter at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council who is coordinating the tour. This is an opportunity for GMLPF members to get on board and promote their Apprenticeships programmes directly to young people. If you do get involved, don’t forget to take pictures and share on Facebook & twitter using the #NAW14 hashtag.

Dates for the tour are as follows:

Monday 3rd March 2014: 9am to 12pm – Kirkby Town Centre, ouside Post Office

Monday 3rd March 2014: 1pm to 4pm – Huyton Town Centre, outside Knowsley Works Centre

Tuesday 4th March 2014: 10am to 4pm – Outside The Strand, Bootle, facing McDonalds

Wednesday 5th March 2014: 10am to 4pm – Williamson Square, Liverpool City Centre

Thursday 6th March 2014: 1pm to 4pm – The Viking Centre, 109 Thorsway, Wirral CH42 1NW

Friday 7th March 2014: 9.30am to 4pm – Church Square, St Helens