Liverpool Clinical Laboratories Traineeship Programme - Widening Participation in Action
A 'Learning Matters' awards 2017 Case Study.
The City of Liverpool and Merseyside Region has felt the impact over the last two decades of a loss of traditional apprenticeship and workforce supply routes with a consequential decline in vocational qualifications, which would have been made available to those in 16-24 year age range. The Liverpool City Region has seen increased unemployment with a subsequent increase in youngsters claiming job seekers allowance within this age range.
As well as the regional economic impact this has there is also a marked increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. These are associated with the loss of self-esteem and social unacceptability. Unemployment is evidenced in the governments statistics published within the indices of multiple deprivation (Department for Communications and Local Government, 2015).