GMLPF is helping its members target young people on the Wirral this month in Good2Go magazine which is being distributed to pupils in schools. The publication offers advice on careers, exams and education, as well as information on Apprenticeships, Traineeships and other vocational learning.

11 Members Featured

Lots of our members and their students and even former students feature in the GMLPF sponsored pages. A total of 11 GMLPF members were featured across 6 pages.

Alt Valley Community Trust’s pioneering project to help young people to work in the NHS received a full page opposite a Mode success story that tells the story of Sarah Noonan’s journey to becoming a business owner. The spotlight was also on Shannon Sample who started out as a volunteer with disabled young people, progressed to an apprenticeship and was then named Outstanding Learner of The Year at the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards.

More Good News

St Helens Chamber have a spot to explain how they found 25 young people employment in a single week. And Michael John Academy share their good news about success rates among hairdressing and barbering students. Readers will also see a story about the GMLPF-funded #YOLO programme which teaches the art of wellbeing.

Further features cover the successes of Liam at Liverpool Chamber Training; Mark at Knowsley Community College; Hattie at Fit UK; Adam at Progress Sports and tpm hairdressing student Patrick Wilson. There might even be a #GMLPFhero among them!

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Robust workforce development support for engineering firm

Abbey Engineering is based on Knowsley Industrial Park. Employing 73 people, the firm works across many industries including automotive, rail and pharmaceutical. Services are provided to major clients ranging from Cammel Laird to Network Rail, meaning that for the right individuals the company can offer great career progression.

Abbey Engineering has been recruiting apprentices for more than five years but this has recently been expanded across all eight areas of their business. During the last 18 months Pat Milligan, HR Manager, has been championing the futures of young people through the proactive recruitment of Apprenticeships.

Following an approach from GMLPF member, Mode, two successful apprentices have been working alongside the finance, sales and purchasing teams.

Winning Formula

Pat explains the formula for success: ‘Mode really grasped our business from day one. They were so professional in the way they approached me that I wanted to hear more about what they had to say. I know that if the apprentices lived up to Mode’s expectations, they’d meet ours too, and would be a real winner for our business.

At present we have two employees that joined us as apprentices via Mode. Both having successfully completed their apprenticeship and been awarded an NVQ Level 2. It’s very humbling to see young people with such professionalism and enthusiasm rise to the challenge of making an impact on the bottom line at Abbey. But that is exactly what they have done.

Chloe, aged 22, now has practical experience of both our finance and purchasing departments and has worked hard to achieve her intermediate apprenticeship in Business Administration. Her work ethic and willingness to take on responsibility has earned her a secure full time job with us. Her approach has been exemplary, with her even writing a proposal regarding why she is an asset to us and should be kept on.

Liam, aged 18 has done nothing short of an amazing job in our sales team. With Mode’s guidance he has, in a very short space of time, been awarded his own customer accounts to look after on a day-to-day basis, making sure client needs are met, generating quotes and following up on enquiries to bring new business in. That’s a big achievement for somebody so young.’ At the time or writing, Liam is just finalising his intermediate apprenticeship in Customer Service.

Steps to Success

Best results are achieved when the student, employer and training provider work together collaboratively. This happens in many ways between Mode and Abbey and hinges on a good flow of information.

At the exploratory stage, Mode was able to demonstrate that they grasped the company ethic and the calibre of apprentice that was required. Pat takes a strong view that the recruitment process is only the first step to success. She adds: ‘Each time the assessor visits I review the Apprentice’s portfolio. This means that the apprentices are always on track and the business needs are being met. And even before that we have a buddy programme to mentor young people in their first weeks and months at the company.’

Getting involved with Apprenticeships has enhanced the robustness of the workforce and succession planning at Abbey Engineering. It also helps fulfil the company’s corporate social responsibility goals which manifest as employing local people and flying the flag for young talent.

Talent Retention

Pat admits that apprentices and employers are not always seen in such a positive light: ‘Our apprentices are taken on with a proper wage to acknowledge their position in the workforce. I appreciate that this might not always be possible with smaller companies, but with Mode, apprentices really can add value to a business in a short space of time. If a young person can see an opportunity for progression, they are more likely to put the effort in to making a difference. Mode coach the youngsters on how to be professional and proactive. To me they are a benchmark training provider.’

Chris Jones, Managing Director at Abbey Engineering adds: ‘The Apprentices in our business are making a positive impact. We’re constantly looking for ways to bring in and develop young people as they form a large part of our future – and us theirs I hope – as talent retention is a priority in such a competitive market.’

Since the first Mode apprentices began at Abbey Engineering, the company has embarked on a further partnership with the training provider. The training provided by Mode has extended into skilling up the wider workforce in leadership, management approaches, telephone technique and customer service. There are currently 15 employees across Abbey’s business studying for the Institute of Leadership and Management’s apprenticeship in team leading.

young people demonstrating

Radicalisation Training in The Headlines

Once again in recent weeks radicalisation hits our headlines – this time with the NUS protesting loudly at the the Government’s stance on anti-radicalisation training for tutoring staff. Yusuf Hassan, the vice-president of student affairs for an umbrella group representing 130,000 Muslim students across the UK and Ireland was quoted in The Guardian as saying:

‘Terms such as radicalisation have not been defined or quantified. It is open to interpretation, leaving us in a difficult situation. It is not, nor should it be within the ability of a student or lecturer to report on extremism of people showing signs of it.’

It’s this kind of challenge that led to GMLPF running radicalisation workshops over the summer. The sessions were designed to help equip our providers and their tutors with the understanding to approach the radicalisation issue with balance and sensitivity.

Spectrum of New Challenges

Following an OFSTED report revealing that radicalisation was a key concern at some schools, the government introduced the ‘Prevent’ strategy and hailed it as as anti-radicalisation initiative. From July 1st the legislation placed an obligation on education and training institutions to extend the safeguarding of students in their care to include anti-radicalisation.

GMLPF’s members are aware that extreme groups often focus their efforts on recruiting the younger generation. But whilst the legal obligation presents new challenges, it doesn’t necessarily change the existing beliefs or attitudes of our members which fundamentally embrace and encourage social diversity.

What Our Members are Doing

Debbie Tagoe, GMLPF Chair and a Director at Mode Training sums up: ‘Of course training providers need to be on the look out for for potentially vulnerable individuals just as much as anybody pushing any kind of propaganda. But the challenge is to develop an approach and ethos which both promotes British values as stipulated by the government, and equally embraces diversity.’

Brian Quinn, operations director at tpm on Merseyside explains: ‘We recognise that early intervention and prevention rather than cure is the best – or perhaps the only – approach. We have always believed that a proactive approach, closely managing situations to ensure a positive outcome, reflects our sense of public duty. To this aim we joined forces with fellow training provider Mode to tackle the challenge of ‘Prevent’ head on through a series of workshops’.

Integrating ‘Prevent’

Moving forward tpm and Mode have action plans which include:

  • Focusing on critical thinking in pupils
  • Ensuring pupils are aware of bias and propaganda, especially online
  • Rewriting of policies and ensuring curriculum plans reflect the appropriate requirements
  • Look for practical ways to embrace diversity
  • Equipping staff with clear steps to take if they encounter a student at risk
  • Encourage a healthy approach to online citizenship and get students to take responsibility for the choices they make

James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF adds: ‘The implementation of the ‘Prevent’ strategy needs careful consideration so that acceptance of different faiths and beliefs is not compromised. We always recommend our members promote democracy, anti-extremism, individual liberty and mutual respect.’

Mode tutor is UK winner of Revlon Style Masters competition

Mode hairdressing tutor, Joanne McCormick has been named UK winner of Revlon’s Style Masters International Competition.

And the winner is ……

Graham Oakes national sales manager for UK & Ireland along with salon account manager Matt Carrigan, Clare Holmes national education manager and Sandra Rivera, marketing intern UK made the journey from London to surprise Joanne with the announcement during a Mode team meeting. As the UK winner of this years Style Masters competition,  Joanne will join 70 country winners competing for the global winners crown and prize fund worth more than 10,000 euros at the final in Rome next month.

Inspiring our students

To add to the excitement Mode hairdressing tutor Michael Flood was awarded UK 3rd place in the same competition, an amazing achievement considering both tutors only entered so they could empower our students in preparation for next years competition.

Graham Oakes said “The standard of entrants this year had been outstanding, Michael and Joanne’s achievement should be celebrated I am confident the creativity and flair in their work will inspire Mode students to follow in their tutors footsteps.”

Entrepreneurial students at Mode bring iconic female DJ to Liverpool

Mode music technology students Vinny Speare, Levy Hinds and Kieran Clarke have used their entrepreneurial skills to bring iconic female DJ Juicy M to Liverpool. The event has been organised in conjunction with club promoter Mick Ellis and will take place at Aura on Friday 2nd May to a capacity crowd.

Juicy M has become an internet phenomenon with in excess of 4 million people watching her Juicy M 4 decks clip on you tube. Since 2006 she has performed in more than 200 venues in more than 50 countries all over the world and has been described by DJ Storm as one of the most successful female DJs in the world.

Mode Music students: finger on pulse of current music scene

This is not the first time the students who are studying music technology at Mode have organised successful events in the city. They were the brains behind the Hypnosis under 18 events which packed both O2 academy and The Elevator during 2013.

DJ Les Calvert music technology tutor at Mode said

“The students from Mode Music are set to follow in the footsteps of many successful club promoters from Liverpool. They have their finger on the pulse with the current music of today knowing their audience. It’s refreshing to see something different happening in our city organised by young people who are passionate about music and not just into it for the money.”

Not only will Vinny, Levy and Kieran be promoting the event, they have also given the opportunity to fellow music technology students to perform a set at the event. Francis Mulrooney, Billy McGlashan, Glynn Williams and Duane Makin will all be DJing at the event.

Music industry qualifications

Vinny, Levy and Kieran gained their skills on Mode’s Key to Apprenticeships course in music production Students on this programme build real experience working in the music industry in order to achieve level 1 and 2 certificates in music technology, as well as supplementary qualifications in Maths,English and preparing for employment. The course is ideal for those who wish to start a career in music production. Students who complete the course can progress into freelance careers or onto full Apprenticeship programmes.

For more information on the music technology courses available at Mode contact their recruitment team a call on 0151 709 4640.