Futures to create hundreds of apprentices
LIVERPOOL Futures is the new
Liverpool Apprenticeship Service and it was officially launched on
Tuesday, 7 February 2012. Liverpool Futures is a partnership between
Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Chamber Training, Liverpool
Community College and the Eldonian Group that will help to create
more than 1,300 new apprentices in the next three years across the
The new service will focus on the creation of new Apprenticeship
opportunities within local businesses to help Liverpool people find
long term jobs. The distinctive feature of the Liverpool
Futures is that it acts as the employer until ‘host’ organisations
are ready to offer permanent jobs either during or at the end of
By removing the barriers of recruitment and employment which can be
a lengthy and expensive process for small businesses, it is hoped
that more employers will take the plunge and recruit an apprentice.
Cllr Nick Small, Liverpool’s cabinet member for employment,
enterprise and skills, said:- "Liverpool Futures will deliver
high quality training and skills which are essential in helping
people secure employment.
It will also play a significant role in creating new employment
opportunities, which will be essential to reducing the worklessness
and rising youth unemployment in the city."
Employers to be targeted include sectors that do not have a high
take-up rate of Apprenticeships, and those in areas which are a
priority for the region, including the four transformational
sectors; low carbon, visitor and knowledge economies and SuperPort.
Jack Stopforth, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce,
said:- "Our aim is to make the process of employing an
apprentice much easier for local businesses as well as ensuring that
they receive a highly skilled apprentice to suit their business
We welcome the opportunity to work with the Eldonian Group to reach
the unemployed people across the city to provide them with the
relevant training and opportunities they need to succeed into long
Liverpool City Council is investing £800,000 into Liverpool Futures,
which is part of the Council’s commitment to increase the number of
Apprenticeships, with the Community College putting in a further
Elaine Bowker, principal of Liverpool Community College, said:-
"We are delighted to be part of the new Liverpool Apprenticeship
Service. The partnership will significantly improve prospects
for local young people and contribute to the city’s economy. The
Apprenticeship model is a great example of meeting the demand from
It is projected that Liverpool Futures will create more than 300
apprentices in the first year to reach the target of 1,300
apprentices in next 3 years. Liverpool Futures
Apprenticeships are open to residents of the City of Liverpool.
For more information or to register visit:-
liverpoolfutures.co.uk or call now on:- 0151 224 1887.
UNISON highlights bad Ofsted
report at Birkdale High School Academy
WE will be contacting
Birkdale High School Academy this week for a chance to respond to a
press release that was issued by UNISON. The Union has stated Ofsted
has report to parents of their findings into the Academy this week.
The Union said that that the school has been deemed to be
"Inadequate with Special Measures." in just 4 months into
their Academy status being given to them by Ofsted.
UNISON Branch Officer, Jonathan Allan said:- "This is an
extremely worrying report for everybody concerned with Birkdale
High, parents, pupils and staff. Even more worrying because it is
without precedent, this is the first of Michael Goves Academy
convertor schools to fail in the North West. Because there is no
natural hierarchy, as in a Local Authority, it is Michael Gove who
will decide what action needs to be taken. In the past he has said
that if an Academy should fail, the school 'will get a new sponsor.'
ie: a private company, Birkdale High currently doesn’t have a
sponsor. This leaves it vulnerable to having one imposed upon it.
This could have consequences for the other schools in Sefton who
have converted. Many of these education businesses are backed by
venture capitalists that are acquisitive by nature and would want to
operate a chain and are undemocratic and not transparent and have
not direct relation to the communities they serve. In fact they are
encouraged to do so by Gove. We would then have the unedifying state
of affairs of our young people’s education being determined by the
market. This is a truly appalling state of affairs."
UNISON Regional Organiser, Paula Williams said:- "The people
who allowed this failing school to become an Academy and thus opting
out of the control and accountability of the Local Authority need to
be held to account for that decision. This proves that allowing
school to adopt Academy Status does not mean a better education for
our children". She went on to say ”this is a very difficult time for
both parents and staff who do not know what will happen next."
If you are a parent or staff at the school, please let us know what
you think about the comments given to us by UNISON. Do you agree?
Please email us to:-
Barbie ™ is set
to make a splash at Vue in Southport
fans are in for a splashing treat this half term when a special
screening of Barbie™ in A Mermaid Tale 2 hits Vue Southport on
Thursday, 16 February 2012, at 10.30am. Tickets are just £4.50,
making it the perfect half term treat.
In her latest adventure, Barbie™ returns as Merliah™, the fun and
fashionable surfing champion who’s also a magical mermaid princess!
In this exciting sea-quel™, Merliah™ heads to Australia for the
ultimate surfing competition. However, when the evil mermaid Eris
escapes from her whirlpool with plans to take over the throne of
Oceana, Merliah™ and her sea friends dive in to stop her. In this
fresh new adventure, Merliah™ learns that anything is possible and
she really can have the best of both worlds!
To ensure Barbie™ and friends are shown in all their beauty, the
fabulous fairytale will be presented on Vue’s High Definition
screens, with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; plunging cinema
goers into the aquatic Barbie™ world. Vue’s comfortable stadium
style seating, means audiences will be able to enjoy the captivating
world of Barbie™ in luxury, ahead of the film’s DVD release on
Monday, 27 February 2012.
Mark de Quervain, Vue Cinemas, said:- "We are thrilled to be
showing Barbie™ in A Mermaid Tale 2 to children up and down the
country. The big screen will allow fans to experience Barbie™ in a
new and exciting way. It’s set to be a truly wonderful day and one
we hope children and their families will remember."
Tickets to Barbie start from £4.50 and can be booked at:-
A Euro-MP is
aiming to make sure that there are plenty more fish in the sea.
Liberal Democrat Chris Davies has tabled more than 100 amendments in
the European Parliament aimed at putting Europe's Common Fisheries
Policy on a sustainable basis.
The MEP holds a key role in the law-making process that has given
him the opportunity to take the lead in putting forward his ideas.
Fish stocks across the world are declining rapidly, and Europe's
modern fishing fleet is said now to be landing fewer fish than the
wooden sailing vessels of 100 years ago.
Davies insists that fishing must in future be based on scientific
advice aimed at restoring the long term health of fish stocks.
He said:- "Year after year the governments of Europe have
ignored the scientists and set quotas on the basis of short term
It has been a dreadful mistake but it's not too late to change. Our
seas are capable of supporting many more fish than exist now but
only if we give stocks a chance to recover."
Reforms to the policy have been proposed by the European Commission
and have the support of the UK Government. Crucial votes by
ministers and MEPs are expected in June 2012.
The plans call for the long term management of fisheries, and for a
ban on the discard, dead, of unwanted fish that are thrown back into
In his amendments Davies is calling for extra measures to improve
the science, force ministers to stick to recovery plans, and ensure
that all information is made public.
Davies added that:- "Fishermen don't like change and will object to
many of the plans, but we cannot go on as we are.
It's immoral to make no use of fish we catch. More selective fishing
gear can be used but many fishermen will only make the investment
when the discard of fish is banned.
In future everything must be landed, and then for the first time we
will know exactly how many fish are being caught."
The MEP strongly rejects claims that the decline in fish numbers is
solely the fault of European policy. He says that British fish
stocks were in steep decline long before the Common Fisheries Policy
was created in 1983.
He commented that:- "Outside the 12 mile limit Europe's seas are a
common asset, but the controls have been too weak. We need a policy
that works for everyone and gives a good future to fish and to