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National Apprenticeship Week at Sefton Council

Across the UK employers and apprentices alike will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (February 3 –9).  

Sefton Council is proud to be taking part and helping dispel the myths as well as stereotypes surrounding Apprenticeships. 

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is Look Beyond. The aim is to encourage everyone to look beyond the outdated stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships whilst celebrating the diversity of opportunity and value that they bring. Sefton Council will be highlighting a few apprentices on the Council’s Instagram and Facebook Story features, to show the value that we as an organisation place on apprentices!  

An apprenticeship can unlock fantastic long-term career options across a diverse range of roles and industries. Apprentices can be any age, a new employee or a current employee looking to retrain. 

Another misconception about apprenticeships is that apprentices are ‘just employed to make the tea’. Today’s apprentices are making impact, not tea!  

The game has changed. Every day, right now, thousands of businesses and apprentices are succeeding together. Apprentices get a win-win – real work, in a real company, training to get the skills companies really want, with the bonus of a guaranteed salary.  

Employers get to see a fresh injection of talent, keen, inquisitive and bursting with new ideas. Engineering, business administration, agriculture, digital marketing– if you can think of it, there’s probably an apprenticeship available.  

So, whoever you are, whatever your background – your new career could be out there. What are you waiting for?,-training-and-volunteering/apprenticeships.aspx 

Council wants your view on Great George’s Road improvements

A consultation has launched to allow people to have their say on a series of fantastic improvements to Great George’s Road in Waterloo.

Sefton Council have recently explored a number of ways to regenerate facilities for pedestrians and cyclists along the A565, which includes improvements to the junction with Great Georges Road.

Works will include improvements to the Five Lamps crossing to increase safety for pedestrians, while the addition of a separate cycleway aims to provide a safe route for family cycling.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Following on from our declaration of a Climate Change Emergency, we have been committed to doing all we can to reduce carbon emissions.

“One way of helping us meet our carbon reduction target and to improve air quality is to encourage people to walk and cycle rather than use their cars.

“We want to make an environment where walking and cycling is more enjoyable, fun and the best way to travel.

“The aim of the works will look to improve accessibility between Crosby Coastal Park and Litherland. Funding for the scheme will come through the Liverpool City Region’s Sustainable Transport Enhancements Programme (STEP).”

Residents of Waterloo and those who use the A565 will have a chance to have their say on the proposals until Monday, March 2. 

Three public events will take place next week to allow people to see the proposals face to face. These are:

  • Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (Feb 4, 17:00-20:00)
  • Waterloo Community Centre (Feb 6, 11:00 – 14:00)
  • Crosby Library (Feb 7, 12:00 – 16:00)

To have your say online, visit or to request a paper copy please call 0345 140 0845 or email


Southport recognised as one of UK’s leading coach-friendly tourism destinations

Southport’s long-established reputation as one of the UK’s most welcoming towns for coaches and groups has once again been confirmed with a place on the shortlist at this year’s British Coach Tourism Awards.

The national awards scheme, launched in 2006, recognises the UK’s most coach-friendly destinations, visitor attractions, hotels and tourism suppliers.

Southport will be battling it out against the south coast resorts of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, the Somerset destinations of Burnham-on-Sea and Wells, and the Yorkshire town of Otley.

Southport has won the award twice in the last 11 years, in 2009 and 2017, and has been a finalist in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2019. The town was also awarded ‘Coach-Friendly’ status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK in 2004.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Skills, said: “Across the UK’s coach and group tourism industry, Southport has long been recognised as being ‘coach friendly’. The ‘Southport Welcome’ travel trade initiative introduced in 2018 continues to highlight the way we look after coaches and groups. This includes our secure coach parking at the Eco Centre on Esplanade, a special Coach Drivers’ Passport, and the development of ‘Southport Pick ‘n’ Mix’, a range of short break itineraries to inspire and encourage tour operators to spend a few days in the town and the surrounding area.”

Cllr Atkinson added: “In 2019 we celebrated 25 years of our unique ‘Meet and Greet’ service that sees our Coach Welcome Hosts boarding coaches from March to October to hand out maps and leaflets. Our entry for the 2020 award focused on the meet and greet and the role it plays as part of the ‘Southport Welcome’.”

The winners of the British Coach Tourism Awards will be announced on 25 March.

For more information about the ‘Southport Welcome’, go to

For more information about the British Coach Tourism Awards, go to

Sefton Supported Internship success stories celebrated at Anfield event

The success of young people in Sefton with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) was celebrated at the Liverpool City Region Supported Employment Forum.

The event, held at Liverpool FC’s Anfield home, was attended by over 300 delegates, including supported interns, employers, schools and colleges.

Speakers included former interns from Sefton who have gone on to achieve full-time paid employment, inspiring the next generation of supported interns.

The event was closed by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

Supported Internships help equip young people for future roles with the aim of securing full time work. The programme, now in its fourth year, is delivered in partnership with Hugh Baird College and Southport College in Sefton and links young people with local employers, such as Mersey Care NHS, to help them gain vital experience of the workplace.

Sefton far exceeds the national average for people with SEND in full time employment. Nationally, among 18-64 year olds with a SEND, 6% are in full time work, for 16-24 year olds with a SEND using supported internships in Sefton, that figure jumps to 31%.

Immerse yourself in a Sefton Saga for the ages!

Sefton is launching a story writing competition for its Borough of Culture of year with different people becoming the author each month!

Sefton Saga will be a living story run by Sefton Library Service which grows each month with the next instalment supplied by members of the public and judged by a panel.

Renowned story teller, John Kirk, will start the story off and will form part of the judging panel along with other library staff.

Adults aged 16 and above will be asked to submit a 1,000-word instalment, which must take the story further along its journey while leaving the ending open for the next instalment.

Children under 16 will be asked to submit a 500-word instalment along the same lines.

Each month contributors will write their instalment with the one that fits the story best being selected by the judging panel.

Sefton Council’s Borough of Culture sponsor, Cllr Trish Hardy, said: “The Sefton Saga story writing concept is one that can really engage with people’s creativity as part of our Borough of Culture year.

“The activity will run from February to October with both the adults and children’s version taking different twists and turns over the months.

“Different authors will be used, and people can follow the story and contribute if they wish. Popular story teller John Kirk will get the ball rolling and then it’s up to our communities to shape the rest of the stories.

“At the end, the completed story will be turned into a booklet with contributors listed as co-authors and will be made widely available across the borough.”

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis. Sefton has the prestigious honour for 2020.

Story entry forms can be collected from any local Sefton library with John Kirk’s first installment ready from Monday, January 27. Over time these will be updated to include the previous months story, ready for budding writers to continue the saga.

Alternatively, you can use an A4 paper version for a submission. Please remember to include your name, age, contact details – email/telephone number and entries can be emailed to

The monthly winners will be announced on social media and displayed in libraries:
Facebook: @Sefton Libraries and @Sefton2020
Twitter @seftonlibraries and @Sefton2020
For more information on story teller, John Kirk, visit and for information on Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

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