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Support project to boost Liverpool City Region apprenticeships

A new project supporting apprenticeships is underway across the Liverpool City Region after being commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) initiative will help the government achieve its target of 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers’ Federation (GMLPF) will deliver the project in the area, focusing on the skills years 10, 11, 12 and 13 students need to get on in work.

Running until July 2017, the scheme will assist teachers, careers advisors, parents and governors to support schools and ensure they meet statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Through ASK, GMLPF is offering free services to schools and colleges to raise students’ awareness and understanding of apprenticeships and has also devised a range of events and resources to highlight the benefits of the qualification.

Sharne Kelso (pictured), programme manager at GMLPF says: “All too often, careers guidance in schools – particularly in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships – is unclear, or isn’t engaging enough for today’s young people. GMLPF believes young people should understand the full range of opportunities available to them, which includes university, apprenticeships and traineeships, before they leave school and make big career decisions.

“Working in partnership with schools, we aim to fill in any gaps in careers provision and work alongside all relevant key partners such as teachers, parents and governors to ensure students in years 10-13 are receiving the best, impartial advice to help shape their future.”