A new mobile app has been launched in Liverpool to help school leavers and young people connect with industry training opportunities across the city region.
Devised by the Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF), Mapped Out is the first app of its kind of the UK.
The application gives users the opportunity to search for different training options or find specific training courses based on location or industry.
Covering training opportunities across Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton, the app is seen as a tool for young people and school leavers as well as a valuable service for schools, parents, community organisations and careers advisors.
Designed by GMLPF, an umbrella organisation for local skills providers, the app directory will allow youngsters to search for training in their local area across more than 30 industries including some of the region’s key growth sectors such as engineering, creative and digital as well as life science and health.
The app was launched at a breakfast briefing at Liverpool’s Crowne Plaza Hotel with speakers including James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF, councillor Nick Small, assistant Mayor of Liverpool and cabinet member for education, employment & skills and apprentice ambassador, Stefan Price.
Cllr Nick Small says: “Pioneering developments such as this app are at the heart of ensuring the future of the next generation through quality skills provision. Whilst the apprenticeships sector is undergoing significant change, Mapped Out ensures young people have the means to keep updated about local training opportunities.
“GMLPF is to be praised for raising their game to help young people just starting out in their careers.”
James Glendenning adds: “It is crucial for young people to know what career options are available and where. With Government rules stating that everybody has to be in training or education until they are 18, there is still a lot of confusion about whether they have to stay on at school – but they don’t.
“The app offers practical help and advice to young people taking that first step onto the career ladder outside the school gates.”