Finding and taking up one of a huge range of apprenticeships available across the Liverpool City Region is set to get much easier as Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram launches the UK’s first one-stop web portal for apprenticeships.
The UCAS-style portal – www.be-more.info – has been created thanks to the Metro Mayor’s powers relating to the skills agenda, and brings together apprenticeship opportunities from employers so that prospective apprentices in the Liverpool City Region can find the local information they need in one place.
The portal also includes a link to unionlearn’s “Apprenticeships - Know Your Rights" website, to help apprentices understand their rights once they start a scheme.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
This is the first website anywhere in the country bringing together such a wide range of information about apprenticeship opportunities and how to apply for them, and we have built it here, in the Liverpool City Region, specifically for our residents.
Visitors to the site will be amazed at the type of apprenticeships we have in the city region, it’s not just the traditional trades, you can study at degree level and beyond in subjects ranging from Clinical Engineering – to becoming a Paralegal. There is certainly much more on offer in terms of opportunities and qualifications than when I did a traditional bricklaying apprenticeship.”
The portal was built in consultation with current and prospective apprentices and is part of the Combined Authority’s plans to ensure that the city region develops the skills that its economy needs.
The Metro Mayor is committed to increasing the number, breadth and relevance of apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region, enabling more employers and learners to access and benefit from apprenticeships.
The new web portal, which is the first of its kind, is being launched to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, and not only offers opportunities, but also features details on how to apply for an apprenticeship, how to get there, and even what specific travel benefits may be available.
This new online facility will also be a useful tool for employers across the six constituent local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) to advertise their apprenticeship vacancies.
TUC North West regional secretary Lynn Collins said:
Apprenticeships are union business and the TUC, along with it’s skills arm unionlearn, have been at the forefront of promoting high quality apprenticeships that really build skills and job opportunities.”
This new portal from Liverpool City Region is a fantastic way for perspective apprentices to find out about the latest opportunities and to also have resources at their fingers to ensure they know their rights and get the best from a scheme.”
To find out more information about apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region go to www.be-more.info