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Advanced Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing sector is of vital importance to the future prosperity of the UK and the Liverpool City Region. Its continued and future success will be dependent upon the sector’s ability to innovate and deliver world-class performance. Key to this will be a knowledgeable and highly-skilled workforce having the up-to-date skills required by employers. The Advanced Manufacturing sector and sub-sectors includes diverse areas such as: Automotive Manufacture; Aerospace; Pharmaceutical/ Chemical; Food and Drink; Engineering; Machining.

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Construction

Construction is vital to delivering the infrastructure and buildings needed for the future inclusive growth of the Liverpool City Region. The sector provides a large variety of job role opportunities and scope for progression.

Sustainable development and the emergence of new technologies and construction techniques will see different roles emerging and the need for current roles to adapt and change accordingly.

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Employability

Although having a solid foundation of certified skills and qualifications helps when seeking employment, they’re often not by themselves sufficient to convince an employer that you’re the right person for a job vacancy that they want to fill.
Employability is not just about skills, it’s also about other capabilities, competencies and personal characteristics, such as: Aptitude, Attitude, Behaviour, Resilience  and Confidence.

Consequently, work experience placements, voluntary and community work and learning routes such as Traineeships, allow individuals to demonstrate the skills, values and behaviours valued by employers. Employers value timekeeping, reliability, working well with others and an ability to respond well and willingly to tasks that they ask you to perform.

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English

For almost all employers, employees who have a good standard of written and spoken English is seen as a vital characteristic of, and requirement for, their workforce.

A workforce that contains Individuals who possess a good standard of English will clearly boost productivity levels within the economy. However, increasing the standard of English in the workplace will also have wider benefits for individuals and their organisation,

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Health

Whether you’re treating poorly patients or conducting life-saving research, working in the health and care sector means you’ll be making a real difference to the lives of others.

As well as doctors, nurses, and other care-giving roles, there are plenty of opportunities for IT specialists, software designers or even dance therapists!

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Innovation

Innovation in business or the workplace is about generating new ideas for products or services – either around what is produced and made, or the way in which the customer accesses or consumes the product or service.

Creative thinking lies at the heart of innovation and helps businesses and organisations to be competitive and successful. Innovation is not just about thinking of new ideas or concepts it is also about applying them and taking them to the market place.

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Low Carbon

The Low Carbon economy is a growth sector and is extremely important to the local economy employing around 37,000 people across 4,500 enterprises. The sector is growing both in terms of the number of jobs being created but also the number of businesses being created and therefore requiring knowledgeable, skilled and motivated people to work for them.

Although the sector encompasses a diverse range of semi-skilled and skilled trades, a large proportion of the jobs being created are in high-value and well-paid professional occupations.

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Maritime and Logistics

The Maritime and Logistics sector is a key employment and wealth generating sector for the Liverpool City Region.
A modern and efficient Maritime and Logistics sector is vital to support global supply chains across a wide range of other key sectors in the Liverpool City Region and beyond. This helps ensure that businesses are competitive and are able to access reliable low-cost sourcing of materials and components, and secure effective distribution of their products.

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Maths

Mathematical skills are a key requirement in every job although some jobs demand a broader and deeper knowledge of the subject more than others. Mathematics has a broader relevance and application in a number of subjects not least STEM related subjects. Mathematics enables medical staff, researchers, engineers, designers scientists and many other job holders to obtain, analyse and interpret complex data sets and statistics – which in turn can help decisions about policy, products and services.

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Professional and Business Services

The Professional and Business Services (PBS) sector is a major component of the UK economy and a key growth area for the Liverpool City Region.

The sector consists of financial, real estate, legal and insurance activities. In addition, business support functions that include employment agencies, administration, security and rental form a key part of the sector. Within the City Region, there are particular specialisms such as wealth management (Liverpool City Region has the second largest wealth management industry in the UK), and also in business services to the maritime industry.

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Visitor Economy

The visitor economy is a major driver of economic growth and prosperity in the Liverpool City Region and is worth more than £4.2bn a year to our economy. It provides 52,000 jobs locally. The sector is booming and, as a result of the work to further grow the sector, more opportunities will arise for people to secure jobs and progress in the sector so long as they have the skills required by employers.

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