Broadcaster Roger Phillips helped South Liverpool Homes (SLH) bring together local training providers at an engagement event on Friday 22 April.
The event, which took place at Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport, assembled representatives from colleges and other providers, with the aim of developing and consolidating the capacity-building work taking place in South Liverpool.
The attendees included:
BBC Radio Merseyside broadcaster, Roger Phillips, is the chair of the South Liverpool Gateway Board which was set up to raise awareness of South Liverpool as a target for national and international investors. The Board comprises Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, Liverpool Vision, Peel Holdings, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and South Liverpool Homes.
The Board’s major aim is to increase investment in the area and create more employment opportunities. While the area has seen large-scale investment in recent years, the £60M New Mersey Retail Park expansion being the latest, work still needs to be done to give local people the skills that employers need.
"I'm really, really pleased to be launching this today," said Roger. "It's really important because it's the people of this area who are important."
"There is high deprivation, we've got to stop it and this is one real way of stopping it, giving people a real opportunity to get a really skilled, decent job - the job that they want but importantly the job that the employers want and the employers need."
Friday’s event was the latest stage in an ongoing project to work with training deliverers to ensure that the training on offer is aligned with the needs of South Liverpool’s major employers and came after research commissioned by South Liverpool Homes to assess current training provision in the area.
“In South Liverpool the figures indicate that some sectors are finding it difficult to recruit, while many qualified people are struggling to find the jobs they want,” said SLH’s Enterprise Manager Joe Cummings.
“If we want to increase employment among young people leaving education we need to find ways to help them to acquire the skills in sectors where the most opportunities exist and we need training providers working together providing those skills.”
The project ultimately aims to create a local community training hub, where South Liverpool residents can access a range of training, employment and enterprise opportunities, including job search, CV building and interview skills.