New app launched for school leavers

The Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) has launched a new mobile app to connect school leavers and other young people to learning opportunities across the Liverpool City Region.

The app, dubbed Mapped Out marks the first time such an approach has been taken in the UK. The app comes in the wake of a successful website that served as resource for young people and school leavers to get latest on learning and training opportunities in the region. It’s hoped that Mapped Out will provide a vital  service for schools, parents, community organisations and careers advisors.

Councillor Nick Small welcomed the news, saying “Pioneering developments such as this app are at the heart of ensuring the future of the next generation through quality skills provision. Whilst the Apprenticeships sector is undergoing significant change, Mapped Out ensures young people have the means to keep updated about local training opportunities.

“GMLPF is to be praised for raising their game to help young people just starting out in their careers.”

GMLPF Chief Executive James Glendenning was equally supportive: “It is crucial for young people to know what career options are available and where. With Government rules stating that everybody has to be in training or education until they are 18, there is still a lot of confusion about whether they have to stay on at school – but they don’t.

“The app offers practical help and advice to young people taking that first step onto the career ladder outside the school gates.”