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Issue:- 9 August  2012

Liverpool Futures Partnership Strengthened

CHANGES in the structure of the Community Interest Company set up to create apprenticeships have been announced.  Liverpool Futures was established last year with the aim of creating more than 1300 apprenticeships over the next 3 years.  Shares in the company were divided between the City Council and the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.  

Now the Chamber has agreed to sell part of its shares in the company to Liverpool Community College to create a new, ever stronger partnership to deliver apprenticeships across the city.

Councillor Nick Small, City Council cabinet member for skills, enterprise and employment, said;- "This is a very positive move. It means that three major institutions in the city now have a strengthened stake in ensuring the success of the programme.  Although until now the College have been heavily involved in helping develop Liverpool Futures they have not been shareholders. It makes eminent sense that they should be so.  With the College's work in developing skills in the city it is only right that they should have a key role and they will continue to work very closely with the Chamber and its 1700 members.  We are all committed to closing the skills gap which exists in the city and ensuring our young people get the high quality training which they need to compete in the jobs market."

David Brennan, College Vice Principal commented:- "This creates a partnership for the long term that will drive up the number of apprentices in the city and create new opportunities for our young people."

Carole Crosby, the Chamber's acting chief executive, said:- "Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is fully committed to helping the city achieve its goals in reducing youth unemployment. Engaging with Liverpool Community College creates a very strong partnership and by working together we can make a positive impact on the skills and employment agenda."

Since May 2010 Liverpool City Council, working with partners, has helped create 677 apprenticeships.   The scheme is particularly aimed at 16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET); care leavers; teenage parents; looked after children; young offenders; residents from disadvantaged communities and black and minority ethnic groups.


WITH the 2012 Games well underway, new research by the Kennel Club shows that a staggering 60% of people in the North West of England are LESS active this year than last.  Surprisingly, just 3% of people in the North West have been inspired to get fit by the Games, and less than 1% feels inspired by Olympic role models.

The research, carried out by the Kennel Club ahead of its International Agility Festival, taking place in Northamptonshire from 10 August to 12 August 2012, found that in comparison 29% of people found their dog inspires them to get more active.

The research found that 61% of Brits use walking and walking their dog as a main form of exercise, compared to just 9% that use the gym. 58% of Brits who own a dog were found to exercise more than 4 times a week compared to 1 in 5 non-dog owners. Furthermore, 8 out of 10 people say having a dog makes them walk more.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said:- "We feel that this new research demonstrates the impact that having a dog can make to owners' health and fitness. Being a dog owner involves lots of walking, and a third of British dog owners use walking their dog as a main form of exercise. There are also lots of sports that people can participate in such as dog agility.  We were shocked to see the dramatic decline in people who are active this year compared to last year. We expected to see the opposite in the run up to the Games, where people would be expected to take more interest in sports and fitness."

Olympic swimming ace Sharron Davies and fitness guru Rosemary Conley back the Kennel Club's Get Fit with Fido Challenge to encourage dogs and their owners to get fit together.

Sharron Davies said:- "People are leading more and more sedentary lifestyles which is having a worrying effect on people's health. The most important thing when exercising is to do something fun that you will stick to, so working out with your dog is an ideal solution."

The winner of the Get Fit With Fido challenge will be announced at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival which takes place from 10 August  to 12 August 2012, at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire. Thousands of dogs will compete across 17 agility rings over the 3 days, jumping and weaving their way round the various courses.

Anyone can come along to watch on the day; entrance is free with a £5 parking fee.

To find out more about the International Agility Festival and the Get Fit With Fido initiative, visit their website  or email them.

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