learndirect is working in partnership with North Liverpool Academy to boost the prospects of young people in the area.
Situated in Everton, an area of high deprivation, the Academy aims to provide every student in the community with access to a first class education, regardless of background or ability.
As part of this mission they have joined forces with learndirect to offer a vocational pathway for young people to give them the skills and experiences they need to secure full time employment.
The programme will deliver Traineeships and Apprenticeships, with additional, targeted support – such as coaching, enterprise placements, the development of leadership skills – as well as creating a peer network of young apprentices in North Liverpool.
A spokesperson from North Liverpool Academy said: “We heard about learndirect through the National Apprenticeship Service and chose to work with them because of their pedigree in delivering Apprenticeships, online learning and adult learning provision.
“The qualifications we will be delivering together will largely be focused on employability skills for young people. So far we’ve recruited a small group of sixth formers to work in business and admin, facilities and hospitality placements within our organisation. We’ve also recruited a small group of students on a traineeship programme who for 26 weeks will participate in an employability programme including enterprise placements.
“Together, we are determined to deliver a work based learning programme which engages young people in a setting which provides security and comfort but allows them to grow as individuals, gain new experiences and develop work based skills so they are ready to take ownership of their future.”
Suzana Lopes, Senior Vice President of Sales at learndirect said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with North Liverpool Academy. At learndirect we’re passionate about improving the prospects of young people and by working together we’ll be able to give more young people in the local area the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications which will put them in good stead for their future careers.”