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Skills and Apprenticeships in the Liverpool City Region

Our vision is to build a truly global city region. In order to do this, we need to create and attract more businesses, generate more and higher value jobs, and ensure that we have a workforce with the right skills to fill these roles.

By 2020, we will have created 9000 jobs and 5500 apprenticeships for local people.

Skills and Apprenticeships in the Liverpool City Region

Our vision is to build a truly global city region. In order to do this, we need to create and attract more businesses, generate more and higher value jobs, and ensure that we have a workforce with the right skills to fill these roles.

By 2020, we will have created 9000 jobs and 5500 apprenticeships for local people.

We want to ensure people of all ages get the skills they need, and for as many people as possible in the city region to have the opportunity to work and to be fairly rewarded for doing so. We are working to deliver tailored support for jobseekers, close the skills gap for our region’s businesses and tackle the barriers that prevent people getting into work.

Adult Education Budget

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) aims to engage adults (aged 19 and over) who are resident in Liverpool City Region to provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables more flexible tailored programmes of learning to be made available, which may or may not require a qualification, to help eligible Learners engage in learning, build confidence, and/or enhance their wellbeing.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be responsible for commissioning and funding AEB provision for learners resident in the Liverpool City Region from 1 August 2019 through a range of Colleges, Independent Training Providers and Local Authority providers of adult and community learning. Devolution of this budget will allow local innovation and flexibilities to better meet the skills needs of the City Region and its residents.

Skills Capital Fund

Liverpool City Region successfully secured £41.1m of Local Growth Fund (LGF) monies in 2014 to support skills capital investments as part of our Growth Deal with Government and a further £8m from LGF Round 3 in 2017. Circa £18m is currently available for skills capital investment under the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).

Households into work

Our pioneering £4.5m Households into Work programme is supporting 800 families, in which two or more people are in long-term unemployment, find meaningful work.

We know that every family has its own challenges, which is why we provide tailored support for each family, who work with a specially-trained employment advocate to help them identify and overcome barriers, such as personal debt, drug and alcohol addiction, or lack of skills and training, that have otherwise prevented them from finding work.

Apprenticeships

Across our city region, we are working to radically improve the quality and scope of apprenticeships. We are rolling out gold standard and degree-level apprenticeships for young people to address skills shortages and launching a new Apprenticeship Portal in March 2019.

Steve Rotheram, who started out life as an apprentice bricklayer, has prioritised ensuring that equal importance is given to both technical and academic qualifications and has sought to remove some of the barriers preventing our young people from taking on apprenticeships.

Apprentice bus ticket

Our Skills Survey revealed that one of the key barriers to young people taking up apprenticeship opportunities was the cost of travelling to work. While students at our colleges and universities had access to discounted travel, this was not the case for those taking the technical route.

In November 2018, Steve Rotheram, in partnership with the Bus Alliance, introduced a new discounted travelcard for apprentices. This means that all apprentices aged 19-24 in our city region have access to half price bus travel for the duration of their course – saving them up to £400 per year and making it easier for them to travel in and around the city region.

Devolution Stories

Devolution gives us the opportunity to listen and respond to local voices and make positive changes that reach homes and businesses across the entire city region.

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