More People Mapping Out Careers with GMLPF

GMLPF’s online training directory Mapped Out, designed to help teenagers find out what training opportunities are available to them when leaving school, has notched up over 4000 searches over the past 3 months.

Visits to the GMLPF site are reaching 5000 per month with a third of them landing directly on the Mapped Out search page for information on the training options available to them . Membership Development Manager Joanne Rymer explains:

‘In recent months we’ve seen thousands of people visit us at www.gmlpf.net/mappedout for the first time.  The resource is the only one of its kind in the UK that brings together training opportunities for the region across different sectors and levels of qualification.  It’s a particularly useful tool for providers to engage with the difficult to reach audience of 16 to 18 year olds.’

On the portal teenagers can search for training ranging from Study Programmes to Higher Apprenticeships.

Visitors to the site choose which area of Merseyside they want search results for and can even drill down into the type of job they would like to do. Results are shown on a map alongside handy information such as which bus routes reach provider training centres.  Teenagers can submit an email enquiry via Mapped Out or use the provider contact details to telephone.

Dental nurse qualifications, hairdressing and sports-related training are among the most popular career opportunities that young people want more information on.

Any training organisations wishing to become a GMLPF member and list their courses on Mapped Out can email joanne@gmlpf.net for more details.

GMLPF launch region’s first provider Sports Forum

GMLPF launch region’s first sports provider forum in response to calls for a coordinated approach to training in the sports sector

Developing a Blueprint

The inaugural GMLPF Sports Forum meeting took place last month at Tranmere Rovers’ newly refurbished grounds.

Membership Development Manager at GMLPF, Jo Rymer said:

“The GMLPF Sports Forum has been established to share best practice and to give a collective voice to members regarding the future of training for the fitness and leisure industry in the region.”

Representatives from various training organisations including football academies gathered to begin developing a blueprint for how the forum can operate.

Trailblazers

There are several types of end user that the providers want to create a dialogue with. They include potential professional sports people, young people in the NEET group, and anybody who wants to access post-16 education in the sports and leisure industry.

The forming of the group is not just good news for the industry but also anybody looking to take a related qualification, as well as employers wishing to recruit young people in the industry.  Hot topics that came up included how courses could be accredited with UCAS points and the Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme. The member organisations of the Sports Forum also expect that they will be able to refer applicants to each other as appropriate.

Watch This Space

One of the things that the sports providers are particularly passionate about is the wider impact they may be able to have on issues such as obesity and mental health amongst young people  So watch this space for further discussion around these topics.

Further meetings will take place on a quarterly basis.  Progress Sports, Tranmere Rovers academy, Fit UK, JM Education, TVC Wirral & Liverpool, SALT/LFC Academy and the Jamie Carragher Academy all attended the first meeting.

Updates and news on social media will carry the hashtag #GMLPFsports

For further information please contact joanne@gmlpf.net

 

Alder Hey trainees

GMLPF funds pioneering project to help younger people work in the NHS

Merseyside teenagers will be the first to obtain a new certificate in healthcare, qualifying them to work in a paediatric setting

Pioneering course set to attract young people into nursing, helping balance the ageing workforce of the NHS

A dozen unemployed young people have completed a four week work placement at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool as part of a longer training Key to Apprenticeships programme funded by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF). When they graduate, the teenagers, all aged 16-18, will be the very first in the UK to hold a new qualification for providing health care support to children. There has been an unprecedented demand for future places on the course from young people, many of whom are recent school leavers.

Easing burden

The initiative was the brainchild of Gill Mason, principal of GMLPF member, Alt Valley Community Trust, which runs a ‘Communiversity’ in the Croxteth area of Liverpool. It was conceived as a way to encourage young people to work in the NHS. Almost a third of workers in the NHS are aged 50 plus and the average age of an NHS health worker is set to rise to 47 by 2031. The crisis is spurred on by the pressure of the working environment forcing many into early retirement. Getting younger people into careers in the NHS has been identified as a way to ease the burden.

Three times as many young people applied for the course than the number of places available. The successful applicants have been training for six months in total, including the work placement at Alder Hey. Successful completion means the teenagers will be the first in the UK to be awarded a certificate in Health Care Support in the Paediatric Setting from CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).

Targeting unemployed young people

The funding to complete the training was targeted to those in the NEET category (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Elliot Quine (pictured), from Croxteth, was the youngest person on the course at just 16 years of age; he was joined by other teenagers from across Merseyside.

When the teenagers graduate it is expected that they will go on to either full Apprenticeships at the hospital, further training such as nursing or another job within the NHS. Their progress will be monitored to assess the longer term impact and to inform plans to roll out an expansion across the UK.

Alt Valley Community Trust has joined forces with Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool to deliver the practical elements of the course; whilst in the classroom recruits have been skilled up in everything from English and Maths to personal confidence.

Unlocking potential

Gill Mason says: “We are using vocational education and training to unlock potential and give young people a valuable role in society. There are more than 300,000 support staff in the UK, assisting doctors, nurses and other health professionals in caring for the sick and injured. Until now there has been no specific training for those doing such a job with children”.

Unique standards

There are 24 children’s hospitals across the UK that could benefit directly from the qualification. Paula Davies, Learning and Professional Development Manager at Alder Hey says: ‘Alder Hey prides itself in the delivery of learning initiatives which support excellent care for our children, their families and carers. We developed this qualification at the trust because we know that care of children and young people in whatever setting they are in should be underpinned by unique performance standards. These unique standards have never existed until now. It is great to see that by widening participation for learners from Alt Valley within our work-based learning environments and through implementation of the new standards we have all made a significant impact on both their future aspirations and career choices.’

Oversubscribed

Each week Alt Valley is receiving dozens of enquiries from schools and students who want to know more and the next course is already over-subscribed. Mason adds: “The interest in this course means that we have seen an unprecedented number of enquiries. Potential future students – especially those who don’t want to stay on in full time education – see the qualification as an alternative to college or sixth form”.

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF that funded the initiative, says: “Overwhelmed hospitals have seen staffing requirements increase and budgets fall. Whilst many solutions are mooted, few see the light of day. This grass roots initiative is designed to give young people, who would otherwise have been unemployed, a taste of working in the NHS and a massive boost to their career prospects.”

Julie Hyde, Executive Director at CACHE added: “CACHE developed this qualification in partnership with Alder Hey specifically to prepare learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to cover a broad spectrum of care responsibilities in a paediatric setting. It’s fantastic to see that Alt Valley Community Trust is receiving so much interest from young people aspiring to gain the CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Healthcare Support in the Paediatric Setting.”

University a hit for music students

You might find it hard to imagine a group of young people, left disillusioned by school, suddenly deciding that they want to go on to higher education.  That’s exactly what happened with a group of young Key2Apprenticeship (K2A)students from GMLPF member Mode Training when they visited Staffordshire University. One of Mode’s popular K2A courses is Music Technology – students get a taste of what life would be like producing music, DJ’ing or being part of a band – even if they didn’t get any qualifications at school.  The course is designed to help young people gain the skills they need to start a career in the music industry

Pathway to university

During their time at Mode, students can achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Music Technology, but that’s not quite enough to get them onto a university course, and many don’t see higher education as something suited to them anyway. The team at Mode are setting about changing that view and the training centre, based on Sefton Street in Liverpool, is developing a pathway to university. Students who complete their level 2 Music Technology will be able to progress onto the Level 3. This qualification will provide an entry route to a degree in Music Technology, as an alternative to the traditional A-level route All that may sound like a bit of an uphill struggle for students who weren’t over enamoured by their school years, so when Mode were invited to visit Staffs Uni they took 15 K2A students along.

Solid career path

Lee Garry, a former K2A student who now works as an assessor with Mode explains: ‘The degree focuses on practical skills and the students we took to the university realised the facilities and the teaching were fantastic.’ Whilst the students were visiting they got to produce a music track so that it was release-ready. Lee adds: ‘The atmosphere at the uni was very different to school and our students were excited about the studios being available round-the-clock.  They came back even more focused and feeling that a degree and a solid career path was something within their reach’.

Track record

Wesley Tagoe at Mode added: ‘The music production course at Mode has a track record of success with many former students going on to become self employed in the music industry; and soon we hope to see some progressing to university.  The earlier young people come to us for help, the more effective we can be in securing their future’.

Mode Training is just one of many places young people can access training, support and qualifications.  Nobody should be put off getting in touch even if they didnt succeed at school or get any qualifications.

The Key2Apprenticeships programme is for 16-18 year olds. Anybody who wants to discuss their future is urged to get in touch on 0151 707 8775  to find out what courses are available.  Whilst on a K2A course, benefits arent affected, lunch is provided and some providers will also meet travel costs.

The Key2Apprenticeships programme is funded by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation [GMLPF].

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 pavlina@gmlpf.net

GMLPF funds online screening tool to help identify dyslexic students

GMLPF is funding a free online screening tool to help identify dyslexic students. Dyslexia Check is a collaboration between the international charity, Dyslexia Foundation, and Liverpool-based training provider tpm, both pioneers in the field of dyslexia identification and support. tpm, one of GMLPF’s longest standing members, is arguably Merseyside’s leading training provider in this arena. The new service is funded and supported by the GMLPF Challenge Fund, a £200K initiative to support skills development across Liverpool City region.

Specialist support

It is estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK have dyslexia, with many going through life undiagnosed. Individuals who do not have their dyslexia diagnosed miss out on specialist support which can enable them to overcome barriers to personal and professional success.

Reliable, on-demand service

Dyslexia Check provides learning providers with a reliable, on-demand service to screen students for the condition. Once identified, learning providers can then draw up a schedule of appropriate support that will enable their dyslexic students to achieve their full potential.

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF comments:

“GMLPF is very pleased to be funding tpm to undertake this project. The aim of the GMLPF Challenge Fund is to support projects that enable experts like tpm to hone their expertise to make a positive difference.

“Equality of opportunity is a vital feature of our region’s training infrastructure. But many dyslexic students still go undiagnosed. This is why we’re supporting tpm‘s online facility that allows the condition to be identified, so students can go on to access the resources they are entitled to and the support they need to achieve their full potential.”

Dyslexia Check is in the first instance available exclusively to training providers who are contracted with GMLPF to deliver the Key 2 Apprenticeship programme. Other training providers who are interested in accessing the service should contact brian.quinn@tpmnow.co.uk

www.tpmnow.co.uk/resources/dyslexia/

 

Platform for voice of local apprentices

Apprentice graduate, Poppy Wolfarth is raising awareness of the National Society of Apprentices (NSoA) appeal for current and previous apprentices to help continually improve the apprenticeship experience.

Poppy, 21, who recently completed an apprenticeship in Team Leading, is a member of the National Society of Apprentices. She works as ESF Project Officer at Asset Training who she also undertook her apprenticeship training with. Asset Training are very supportive of Poppy’s involvement with the NSoA as it is of benefit to their other apprentices and indeed all apprentices across Merseyside.

Areas of focus

Most recently, the Society has been focussing on the development of a quality kite mark for providers and colleges; conditions surrounding sick pay for apprentices; minimum pay, and broadening the range of discounts available through the NUS Apprentice Extra card.

Poppy comments:

“Being a member of the Society has provided me with a wealth of experience that is helping me grow both professionally and personally. I have shared my experiences with other ex-apprentices at meetings of the Society both in Liverpool and London, and I’ve been invited to numerous training sessions including one for further education leaders and a conference on women leaders. It’s great to be able to use my experience to help improve the apprenticeship experience for others.

Liverpool group

“The NSoA are looking for another 30 apprentices and ex-apprentices to contribute to a Liverpool group. I wholeheartedly recommend that GMLPF members encourage their apprentices to get involved. Not only will it help the apprenticeship programme as a whole, but the individuals themselves will benefit and grow. Individuals who join the group may also consider putting themselves forward for election to the Society.”

Members of the Society meet three times a year. Benefits include the chance to really make a difference; training and workshops; opportunities to meet with key decision makers like Nick Boles MP; full expenses and accommodation paid for meetings.

Register interest

Any GMLPF members who would like to help their current or previous apprentices have their say are invited to email poppy@assettraining.co.uk to register their interest and find out more. Previous apprentices must have completed their apprenticeship within the last 12 months to be eligible.

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 pavlina@gmlpf.net

£200K Earmarked to Improve Skills in the Region

Greater Merseyside Learning Provider Federation (GMLPF) has now chosen the winning bids that will share the £200K Challenge Investment Fund announced in August 2014.

17 learning providers across the region will use the funds to improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of their training programmes. Examples of how money will be spent range from establishing a social media centre of excellence to an initiative dedicated to helping students with dyslexia.

James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF said:

“The GMLPF Challenge Investment Fund forms part of our drive to invest in the long term future of Merseyside, specifically in the development of its skills landscape. It’s also about supporting our members, the local learning providers who are committed to helping Merseyside’s young people build successful futures.

James added: “Priority has been given to proposals that are clearly innovative and will increase young people’s participation in training, including those with additional needs. We’ve also awarded funding to proposals that will clearly raise the quality of provision, and enrich the student experience.

Applications for the GMLPF Challenge Investment Fund were invited from GMLPF members in August 2014. Winning bids include:

Establishing a community cafe – ‘Wheatland Community Cafe’ – where students will cater for students and the local community to get real world experience of everything from cash handling to food preparation.
Winning bid by: The Vocational College, Bootle.

A social media centre of excellence – a hub in the local community working with young people, adults, employers and schools. The centre will be truly unique where learners will develop new skills, build confidence and gain a strong work ethic making them more desirable to employers
Winning bid by: Joint Learning

A programme dedicated to helping students with dyslexia. In collaboration with Dyslexia Foundation, the scheme will provide a free and reliable on-demand dyslexia screening service. Each person who takes the test will have an individual report including techniques to help them move to the next steps of a peer mentoring programme to develop literacy skills.
Winning bid: tpm, Liverpool.

A learner enrichment programme to fund ten students on a visit to Belgium so they can experience different cultures and approaches to learning. Students will stay in a youth hostel and complete a project on the First World War including a visit to the War Memorial Cemetery. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Belgian National Education Service. This approach is proven to help the young and disadvantaged in their outlook to life, work and employment.
Winning bid, Morthyng Vocational College, Birkenhead.

A pilot project to site a mobile unit in a school to break the cycle of 14-16 year olds falling into the so-called NEET group (not in employment, education or training). The hub will be open until 8pm in the evening and at weekends. As well as helping local young people into work and training, it also aims to develop entirely new ways of working with schools.
Winning Bid: Oakmere Community College, Walton.

Other winning bids include the development of a suite of digital resources for promotion and teaching of Barbering NVQs (Herbert of Liverpool), and a new Wirral training centre (Asset Training).

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 mail@progress-sports.co.uk