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

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 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 [email protected] for more details.

Commitment pays off for Hattie

Hattie finds rewarding employment thanks to Traineeships and Apprenticeships training and support from GMLPF member, Fit UK.

22 year old Hattie O’Neill was keen to start a career in the fitness industry, and was referred to Fit UK. They placed her on a 16 week Traineeship in health and fitness which led to a level 2 qualification in fitness instruction, employability skills and job search qualifications, as well as functional skills in maths and English.

Work experience

As part of the Traineeship, Hattie undertook work experience in the health and fitness department at the Toxteth Fit Fire Hub. She really made the most of the opportunity, proving to be a valuable team member, popular with staff and gym members. This lead to the offer of a permanent job at the Hub which Hattie proudly accepted.


Whilst working, Hattie is continuing to develop her skills on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Personal Training with Fit UK.

Lisa Smith who is the Duty Manager and Youth Lead at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub said

“From the start Hattie showed great potential and had a great rapport with our members. She is a very motivated young lady who inspires others to reach their full potential. Due to her commitment and popularity we were pleased to offer Hattie a permanent position facilitating sports activity at our centre. I am very proud to have Hattie join my team as I have no doubt that she will encourage others to follow in her footsteps”.

Fantastic opportunity

Hattie says: “I can’t thank FIT UK enough for putting their faith in me and giving me this fantastic opportunity. I am really enjoying the Advanced Apprenticeship and working at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub. The staff are fantastic and it’s great to be part of the team.”

GMLPF to sponsor careers award for third year

GMLPF are delighted to be sponsoring the Career Inspiration Award for a third year at Educate Awards 2015. The award recognises schools which have adopted the most innovative approach to careers information, advice and guidance for their pupils. GMLPF CEO, James Glendenning, presented last year’s winner, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, with the award at Liverpool Cathedral in November (pictured above).

Now in to its fourth year, the Educate Awards are growing due to the volume of entries and increased demand from schools to take part and win one of the prestigious education accolades. The Educate Awards are now accepting entries from schools in the boroughs of Lancashire, West Lancashire and Cheshire West and Chester, in addition to schools in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens and Halton).

Commitment to schools

Since his appointment 18 months ago, James Glendenning has stepped up GMLPF’s commitment to helping schools raising awareness of Apprenticeships as a career option. He explains the decision to continue supporting the award:

“Our commitment to sponsoring the Career Inspiration Award for a third year is part of GMLPF’s ongoing schools support strategy. This award really encourages schools to think creatively about how to approach careers information for their pupils, and to be fully inclusive of all options, including Apprenticeships which are a proven route into long term successful careers.

“We recognise the challenges faced by schools who are already stretched with limited resources. GMLPF and its members are able to offer free resources and support to help careers teachers raise awareness of Apprenticeships as part of their schools’ drive to offer their pupils comprehensive, impartial advice on career options.”

Services backed by members expertise

GMLPF offers a range of school support services such as attendance at careers evenings, pupil-friendly apprenticeships presentations, parent workshops and a supply of resources including Apprenticeships lesson plans, case studies and leaflets. GMLPF members have extensive experience of delivering high quality Apprenticeships, and have strong relationships with local employers. GMLPF works in partnership with its members to offer its support services for schools.

For further information, please contact the School Support Service on 0151 707 8775

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 [email protected]

For further information on free support services for schools available from GMLPF and its members, please email [email protected]