The Be More skills and training programme in Liverpool has launched an app to expand its reach.
The move is central to the Young Person’s Guarantee, that the metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region made a manifesto pledge of in 2017.
The new app will connect young local residents with apprenticeship and employment opportunities in the region in real time, the mayor’s office said. The deployment of AI technology provides users of the App with personalised opportunity recommendations, as well as guidance on writing their curriculum vitae (CV).
“The launch of this new app marks the next stage in its journey and will act as a single front door to help people from across the region to get on and succeed in life,” Mayor Steve Rotheram said in a statement.
Both the Be More portal and app were designed in collaboration with careers advisors, councils, job seekers, local employers, students and teachers in the region. Liverpool has committed £4.5 million to support 1500 businesses and 10,000 people by the end of 2022.
“This project is so vitally important to help tackle the shortage of skills that holds back our residents, offering them the opportunity to reach their potential,” said Joanne Anderson, mayor of Liverpool and combined authority portfolio holder for education, skills, equality and diversity.
Rotherham made the Young Person’s Guarantee a central pillar of his manifesto election to be Mayor of the Liverpool City Region. It promises young people a job, training or apprenticeship if they have no education, training or work available.
In November 2020, Liverpool secured £5.45 million in investment from the European Social Fund, which is operated by the European Commission, to fund the Liverpool City Region Skills and Apprenticeships Hub.
A further £3.96 million in funding was provided by the Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund, a Liverpool centred funding body.