New apprenticeship support for secondary schools

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers’ Federation (GMLPF) has been awarded funding to deliver a new apprenticeship support project across the Liverpool City Region.

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) project has been commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), to support the government’s target of achieving three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

GMLPF has been chosen as one of the delivery partners and will offer a range of inspirational and engaging apprenticeship and traineeship support to all learning establishments offering provision to Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 across the Liverpool City Region.

The aim of the project is to work with teachers, careers advisors, parents and governors to support schools and ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial Information Advice and Guidance (IAG), specifically in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships. The project will run until July 2017.

As the delivery partner for the Liverpool City Region, GMLPF are offering free services to schools and colleges to increase student’s awareness and understanding of apprenticeships.

Gareth Jones, apprenticeship strategy manager at GMLPF has already delivered a careers session to students at The Oldershaw Academy in Wallasey, Wirral.

Alison Hughes, vocational education manager at The Oldershaw Academy, said: “Gareth was extremely knowledgeable and the teaching staff and students at Oldershaw were very impressed with his careers session. Students need to know the different types of progression and career paths now available and here at Oldershaw we promote both university and apprenticeships equally.

“It is fantastic news that universities are now able to deliver degree apprenticeships in certain occupational areas and I hope the government continue to provide funding and increase the amount of degree apprenticeships available.”

To book free support

Contact the GMLPF Schools Support Team on 0151 707 8776 or email

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