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).