Summary of local context

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) brings together businesses and civic leaders to drive private-sector led growth and job creation.  Our focus is on improving the economic prosperity of the City Region for those who live, work, invest and study here.
A clear vision for how the City Region will deliver sustained, ambitious growth has been produced.   ‘Building our Future: Liverpool City Region Growth Strategy' builds on the City Region’s assets, capabilities and opportunities, and with a focus on maximising the economic and employment growth opportunities provided by the Key Growth Sectors, to become a truly globally competitive City Region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. 

More on ‘Building our Future: Liverpool City Region Growth Strategy' (PDF)

The Key Growth Sectors are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Digital and Creative
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Low Carbon Energy
  • Maritime and Logistics
  • Visitor Economy

Skills for Growth Priorities alongside specific Skills for Growth Agreements have been produced for each sector to support and further challenge existing curriculum planning within the context of our local economy and its opportunities for growth.  The work on our Skills for Growth Agreements and Skills for Growth Priorities has sought to address a better alignment between demand and supply.

Read more on the Liverpool Skills for Growth Priorities (PDF)

Effective careers education and information, advice and guidance services are vitally important to achieving our employment and skills ambition; securing greater cohesion and better alignment with growth opportunities to careers education and advisory services is a key priority for the City Region.

Summary of local project

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) has 140+ secondary schools / colleges across the 6 boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.  By July 2017, with 5 Enterprise Coordinators, we aim to have developed a LCR Enterprise Adviser Network which includes 110 schools, individually matched with 110 Enterprise Advisers. 
Enterprise Coordinators from the following organisations deliver the project in the Liverpool City Region area on behalf of the LEP. 

  • All About STEM
  • Career Connect
  • Sefton Education Business Partnership (EBP)
  • St Helens Chamber
  • Wirral Chamber

Working collaboratively across the LCR, each Coordinator is responsible for a number of schools and Enterprise Advisers. 
The partnership approach implemented by the LEP, whereby expert organisations operating in the field of linking schools with business deliver the EC role on behalf of the LCR LEP, provides the following benefits;

  • maximised the use of appropriate professional expertise within the City Region
  • saved timing on training newly appointed employees
  • hit the ground running by building on strong, trusted relationships
  • increased EC capacity across the LCR with increased match funding.

Working collaboratively with partners on programmes supporting economic development is consistently the approach taken by the Liverpool City Region LEP and is the ethos underpinning our Local Growth Hub  The Local Growth Hub provides a single access point for businesses to discover the advice and support they need to flourish.  The Hub is constantly evolving and includes information for businesses in relation to funding and skills.  For this reason, it follows that Enterprise Coordinators and Enterprise Advisers will use the Local Growth Hub to highlight the strategic careers and skills work they are doing with schools as part of the Enterprise Adviser Network to engage the wider LCR business community.
The LEP and ECs meet regularly to review progress, learning and share updates on the many and varied programmes being delivered across the LCR to help schools achieve objectives set out in their Enterprise, Careers and Employability strategies.  Collaborative working with the Local Authority Education Leads, Universities, HE and FE colleges, Enterprise-Education delivery organisations and other agencies in this space is ongoing.

Key stats

  • 42% employers offering work experience
  • 22% employers offering work inspiration
  • 28% 17-18 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 42% 16 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 7% 16-17 year olds NEET
  • 6% 18 year olds on apprenticeships
  • 28% A-levels that are STEM
  • 45% of STEM A-level taken by women
  • 53% pupils 5A*-C GCSEs
  • 22% pupils on Free School Meals


Organisations funded

Career Connect
The Manufacturing Institute
The Ideas Foundation
Your Life & MyKindaFuture
WorldSkills UK

Liverpool City Region


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Enterprise Coordinators:

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Gill Walsh

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Gill Ditchburn

  • Helen Morris

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Kath Wyke

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Jane Hayes

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Joanne Huddart

  • Rachel Wellens