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Issue:- 3 October 2013

Preparing our young people for today and the future

Left to right – Joe Anderson (Mayor of Liverpool and Chair of Liverpool City Region Cabinet), Michelle Dow (Mersey STEM), Brian Stone (Jaguar Land Rover) and Alan Seeley (Getrag Ford) with robots which are used in schools as part of “Robot Challenge Day” – this gives young people hands-on experience in manufacturing and engineering, in partnership with local employers including Jaguar Land Rover and Getrag Ford.

MORE than 250 head teachers, principals, careers education and business leaders from across the Liverpool City Region attended on 2 October 2013 a Skills for Growth for Schools Conference, at Aintree Racecourse.

Throughout the day, attendees were updated on the job opportunities available to young people across the Liverpool City Region as well as highlighting their role in helping young people to fulfil their career potential.

Representatives from a range of employers delivered presentations on their requirements, both now and in the future, including Getrag Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Peel Ports, Crowne Plaza and Merseytravel.

Mayor Joe Anderson opened the conference on behalf of the City Region Cabinet.

He also announced that there will be a major careers and Skills Show at the International Festival of Business, which is taking place across the Region from June next year. More than 6,000 secondary school pupils will be invited to take part in the Skills Show, where they can get a hands on experience of the future jobs and careers available in the region.

Mayor Joe Anderson said:- "I'm delighted that so many people have attended our Skills for Growth for Schools conference, which demonstrates the commitment of everyone involved in educating and developing our young people and preparing them for their future careers. I am pleased to announce today the Skills Show at next year's International Festival for Business. As the world's business community visits our region to explore trade and growth opportunities, this provides a fantastic platform for our young people to explore future career options. We don't want to just ask them what they want to be; we want to give them a taste of everything they can be!"

This event also launched the Advanced Manufacturing Skills for Growth Agreement. This agreement is part of a series of ten documents which aim to identify the current and future skills needs of key business sectors within the City Region.

The Advanced Manufacturing Skills for Growth Agreement is endorsed by major manufacturers across City Region and includes a range of actions to raise the profile and understanding of manufacturing as an aspirational career choice for young people.

Other agreements in the series include Visitor Economy, Superport, Life Sciences, Financial and Professional Services.

The event was organised by the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board and due to its success, further events are now being planned.

4See Group choose EssentialSkillz as E-Learning partner

MARKET leading Health, Safety and Environmental consultancy, 4See Group have chosen EssentialSkillz as their partner to roll out E-Learning.

Towcester-based 4See Group will sell the EssentialSkillz library of online Health and Safety training courses through their team and via their web site. Using the unique functionality available through the EssentialSkillz system, 4See will also offer a service of bespoke training to fit each customer's requirements.

4See Group, highly regarded for their high levels of service by well qualified staff, searched the market for a leading company that shared their philosophy of dedication to customer service.

As a specialist E-Learning company, EssentialSkillz have in depth experience in producing interactive online training courses and have developed a class leading Learning Management System (LMS). The EssentialSkillz management team have combined experience of over 40 years in the E-Learning industry that is reflected in their impressive client list.

Mike Walker, Group Managing Director of 4See Group, said:- "Partnering with another business needs careful consideration. When choosing a partner for E-Learning, we looked at some key criteria including the quality of the courses and the functionality of the LMS. What was most important to us was the people we would be working with and the reputation of the organisation. EssentialSkillz stood out as a company that had the same core value as ours - the customer always comes first."

Mike Walker added:- "We see E-Learning as a vital development in training and this partnership will enable 4See to provide a fully blended training solution of online and face to face training."

Julian Roberts, Managing Director of EssentialSkillz, said:- "We are proud to have been chosen by 4See as their partner. Working with a company held in such high regard in the industry reflects well on our brand and we look forward to a very successful partnership."

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