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Published on Monday, October 29, 2018


Apprenticeship providers are key drivers for regional economic success say Metro Mayor and Council Leader

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Cllr Ian Maher Leader of Sefton Council and LCR Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills both highlighted how the combined authority and regional skills providers can work together to tackle skills gaps through Apprenticeships in the city region, at an event last month. 

The Metro Mayor and the Sefton Council Leader specifically recognised and gave due credence to the critical role of Apprenticeship providers in the future prosperity of Liverpool City Region. They were both speaking at a special briefing event organised by LCR Apprenticeship Hub partner, Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) for its members last week. The event at the Royal Liver Building held to focus attention on the role of Apprenticeships and their providers in delivering devolution. 

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Ensuring that our residents have the right skills to prosper in the 21st century economy is a key priority for the Combined Authority, and we are committed to working closely with Apprenticeship providers to ensure that happens.” 

Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Devolution has given us greater powers around skills, not least through responsibility for the Adult Education Budget.  Whilst we are working within a local, regional and national market, it is really important that we have a strong and vibrant local provider base that is meeting local needs.” 

Almost 100 skills provider representatives attended the event. The session was welcomed by all as an important step to ensuring employers and learners are supported in ways that help the local economy flourish. 

GMLPF is a membership organization representing over 70 Apprenticeship and skills providers in Liverpool city region. Their mission is to drive the prosperity of Liverpool City Region by building a foundation of skills for economic success. They do this by supporting the evolution of education and skills providers to meet local and national priorities, for the benefit of individuals, communities and businesses in the region. GMLPF also provides an essential link between the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub and Apprenticeship providers in the region. 

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