Chamber of Commerce Partnership to grow Apprenticeship Opportunities

07 Jul 2017

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A new partnership between St Helens Chamber and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce to deliver Apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region has been confirmed.

The partnership concentrates Chamber of Commerce delivery of Apprenticeships and other training opportunities into St Helens Chamber, who will operate their service from their existing St Helens base, with an operation at Liverpool Chamber’s offices at 1 Old Hall Street.

As a result of the partnership, St Helens Chamber will deliver qualifications to Apprentices previously attached to Liverpool Chamber Training, the training subsidiary company of the Liverpool Chamber.

Existing Liverpool Chamber Training staff and Apprentices will transfer to St Helens Chamber so there will be complete continuity for existing Apprentices and great opportunities to progress people who are looking to take the next step on their qualification journey.

St Helens Chamber, recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, have an increasingly broad range of qualifications which includes Apprenticeships, adult learning and traineeships across a wide range of sectors. This exciting portfolio of training services provides plenty of opportunities for local businesses to use the Chambers of Commerce as their preferred training partner, particularly as organisations seek guidance about how to spend their Apprenticeship levy funds wisely.

Kath Boullen, Chief Executive of St Helens Chamber said: “We’re proud of the Apprenticeships St Helens Chamber has delivered to people of all ages across all industry sectors. Our Ofsted ‘Good’ grade is reflective of the quality we consistently deliver, which will be replicated in Liverpool. We were rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the Personal Development we provide for our Apprentices, which is an important focus of our approach. We’re particularly excited at the prospect of broadening our delivery to companies attached to Liverpool Chamber and to supporting businesses in extracting maximum value from their Apprenticeship and training budgets.”

Neil Ashbridge, the Chair of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, stated: “Liverpool Chamber Training has delivered Apprenticeship qualifications to learners for more than 30 years. This partnership with St Helens Chamber will provide our collective members with an excellent joined up service that serves Apprentices across the region with outstanding quality and prestige.  It will also provide the opportunity for the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce to concentrate on delivery in membership services and international trade which are seen as a priority for the future.”

Businesses interested in either employing Apprentices or up-skilling their existing staff members can contact St Helens Chamber on 01744 742333.