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  

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

MPCT Boosts the Ranks

Two learners with MPCT have started dream Army careers.

The Motivational Preparation College for Training has been boosting the opportunities of young people through training and education for more than 15 years.

By helping potential recruits with fitness and other skills sought by The Army the college boosts the chances of applicants securing their dream job. That has now paid off for Bradley Evans and Nicole Moran.

Nicole’s new job is as a combat medic. She says: ‘MPCT have helped me with all aspects of passing selection for my job, they have supported me with my fitness, organisation skills and team work. I feel I would not have got my job without the help they gave and am very excited about my future.’

Bradley has taken up a role in the Royal Logistics Corps, he told us: ‘I can’t wait to start my training and MPCT Liverpool have helped me with my confidence, fitness but more importantly support with my application. I am so grateful to them.’

Since its formation in 1999, The Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT) have been dedicated to offering opportunities to young people through training and education. MPCT is made up of a number of training outlets across schools, colleges and sports facilities in England and Wales.

Daniel Trades off Uni for a Career With Jaguar Land Rover

Pursuing a Trade

Ex-Calderstones student Daniel Edgar is a qualified tool maker with Jaguar Landrover in Speke.  Having started as an advanced apprentice in 2011, he has always stayed in touch with the school since he left.

Even before finishing school, Daniel was certain that pursuing a trade was his preferred option.  Armed with A levels in PE, sociology and geography he applied for Apprenticeship with a handful of large local companies.  He soon landed a great job with Jaguar Landrover in Speke as an advanced apprentice.

Daniel, who is 23 and lives in Mossley Hill in South Liverpool, is straight to the point: ‘I would recommend an Apprenticeship to anybody.  Going to university was an option after my A Levels and most of my friends went to Leeds Uni.  But financially and career wise I certainly don’t feel as if I made a mistake by not joining them.  I’m much further ahead than I would have been even if I had gained a degree.’

Solid Start to Financial Security

Although Daniel admits he missed out on the fun his friends had at university he feels that his present situation more than compensates.  He adds: ‘I am only 23 and I will be buying a house this year; I have a well paid job and don’t worry about money for things like holidays or going out.’

Explaining his job Daniel says: ‘When I am on shift my job is concerned with keeping the production line running along with my colleagues.  There are dies and press mounds that make the car panels and I have to fix them if they get broken. There are a few dozen people in a role similar to me. Each year there are new apprentice recruits and we get to mentor them.  I enjoy that because I know they are making a great career choice.’

Great Rapport

Daniel’s former Head of Sixth Form at Calderstones, Paul Richards, adds: ‘It’s very encouraging for the teaching staff when we see past students embark on promising careers. Daniel had a great rapport with the teachers at school and through staying in touch he has been back to help other students who are making applications to become apprentices at either 16 or 18 years of age.’

During 2015 a number of Calderstones students pursued Apprenticeships in a range of careers.  However, not all schools are as welcoming as Calderstones to organisations wishing to promote Apprenticeships – the government claims this reflects a ‘snobbery’ towards the vocational route. The good news is that legislation is being introduced that outlines how schools will be bound to ensure that students are educated about Apprenticeships.

GMLPF is working with schools like Calderstones that want to raise awareness of Apprenticeships as a viable option for pupils after GCSEs or A-levels. During the first 12 months of his training Daniel was supported by North West Training Council.

Helping Merseyside’s young people prepare for apprenticeships

GMLPF are encouraging young people aged 16 to 18 whose aim is to get an apprenticeship to consider enrolling on a Key to Apprenticeship (K2A) programme. GMLPF’s Key To Apprenticeship training programme is a vocational course that helps young people develop the skills, qualifications and experience employers are looking for when interviewing for apprenticeship positions.

Skills employers look for

Many young people who want an apprenticeship don’t have the minimum skills and qualifications that employers look for when they recruit apprentices. They may need to boost their Maths or English skills, or develop confidence and presentation skills, or gain some meaningful work experience. Key To Apprenticeships give young people a chance to develop the qualities they need, qualities that will improve their CV, and help them succeed at interview.

Marketing campaign

GMLPF have launched a 3 month K2A marketing campaign targeting 16 to 18 year olds who are currently not in any form of training, education or employment. The campaign includes:
• Bus panel advertising
• Press advertising
• Facebook competition; twitter
• SMS campaign
• Website re-launch
• Print

The aim of Key to Apprenticeships is to help young people access full Apprenticeships, enter employment or continue in further education.

Visit Key To Apprenticeships or email [email protected]

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

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