Good2Go

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!

Get Involved

We are always looking out for news stories from our members so please keep them coming. Editorial and social media support is just one of the benefits our members enjoy. Get in touch with your stories today by emailing our PR team pavlina@gmlpf.net or membership enquiries can be sent to Joanne@gmlpf.net.

Apprenticeship helps launch a promising sports coaching career for Adam

Adam Edwards recently completed 2 years’ training with GMLPF member, Progress Sports, and now has a promising career in sports coaching ahead of him. He combines working as PE teacher in a school with a job at Inspired Sports, passing on his knowledge and experience to pupils in a variety of schools.

Potential

Adam started training with Progress Sports in June 2013 on a 12-week pre-apprenticeship programme. Right away, Adam demonstrated the potential to be an excellent sports coach, also attending a weekly soccer school to develop his skills further.

After his pre-apprenticeship, Progress Sports arranged a trial period for Adam in Streatham School, Crosby. He impressed everyone so much with his professionalism and coaching ability that he was offered an Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching by the school. Employed by the school, he began working towards his level 2 qualification with training and support from Progress Sports. He achieved the qualification and completed his Apprenticeship within one year.

Adam then progressed onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching and this summer he completed his level 3 qualification. Streatham School then offered him a job as a PE teacher at the school.

 

The Next Step

By joining GMLPF you will benefit from free publicity. We’re always on the look-out for interesting stories about learning and skills to include under the GMLPF banner in magazines, newspapers and on our website.

Knowsley Challenge

In August, we sponsored a double page spread in the Knowsley Challenge paper, entitled ‘The Next Step’, outlining options at 16. Case studies and news were included from a range of GMLPF members including tpm, Mode Training, Fit UK, Myerscough College, St Helens College and Progress Sports.

Educate magazine

The September edition of Educate magazine also saw us putting the spotlight on the activity of members through Mapped Out, and North Liverpool Community College had a dedicated news story about the success of a wellbeing programme ‘You Only Live Once’.

Having your stories in print not only gives you valuable media exposure but also gives your students and staff a boost. So once you’ve joined up make sure to get in touch with our PR team via pavlina@gmlpf.net

K2A students help set new Guinness World Record

Key2Apprenticeships students training with GMLPF member Progress Sports were part of the team helping a Widnes rugby club into the history books last week.

Widnes Vikings

The sports students, and their tutor Carl Fairhurst, joined Widnes Vikings to set a new Guinness World Record when they joined locals to form the world’s biggest group to do a fitness DVD – a total of 3,400 people took part. The previous record of 2,900 people was set in China.

Record-breaking work out

The record-breaking work out took place at the Widnes Vikings’ home ground prior to their opening Super League game. Fans that took part enjoyed free tickets to the game which ended in a spectacular 22-22 final score.

Progress Sports student Jordan Byrnes said: ‘It was a really good event and enjoyable day. It was also my first rugby league game and it was amazing’.

Key2Apprenticeships is a GMLPF funded training programme for 16 to 18 year olds. It provides the skills that boost their chances of getting an apprenticeship. Progress Sports are one of 12 GMLPF members who offer Key2Apprenticeships programmes. They specialise in courses leading to careers in sports and fitness instruction.

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