GMLPFGreater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (Liverpool, UK)
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The GMLPF grew from the Learning and Skills Council and was set up by Stan Pochron in Liverpool, who left the organisation in 2012 when Mr Glendenning succeeded him.
As well as representing skills providers, the organisation also controls a PS2m budget from the Department for Education which it can use to sub-contract work from its member organisations, and which offers GMLPF a measure of sustainability.
"At the end of the LSC in 2011, when they were scrapped, I transferred to Liverpool Council and joined GMLPF in 2013.
Joanne Rymer, operations manager, said: "Like NAS, which aims to increase the number of employers who take on apprentices, GMLPF is focused on supporting and meeting the needs of our 58 work-based learning providers in the delivery of Apprenticeships.
Help for youngsters: GMLPF chief executive James Glendenning, centre, and Cllr Nick Small, second from right, at the app launch
"GMLPF is here to ensure local skills providers are equipped to embrace opportunities.
GMLPF members comprise colleges, independent training companies, housing associations and sector specific training bodies, such as hairdressing colleges.
"GMLPF is putting resources into ensuring skills provision on Merseyside stays at the highest quality, so that young people, businesses and communities do not miss out on new opportunities that emerge as a result of sweeping government changes."
As CEO, my sole focus is to continue to position GMLPF as the point of conversation to support the skills providers in the Liverpool city region.
To have GMLPF recognised as an expert in the field of education and skills across the city region is what drives me further.
Users of the directory - which can be accessed at - will be able to search for apprenticeships, traineeships, study programmes and other training, by industry sector.
James Glendenning, GMLPF chief executive, explained: "Merseyside is leading the way in making training increasingly accessible to young people.