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ISSUE 1 / QUARTER 2 / 2013

Award winning apprentices... setting the standards from hairdressing to construction

sponsors our first issue

Liverpool Vision... putting North Liverpool in the frame

NEW SKILLS for enhanced productivity and turnover for the future

Welcome to our new focus magazine ISSUE 1 / QUARTER 2 / 2013

Award winning apprentices...

I’m pleased to be writing this part of the new focus magazine. This is the very first edition of this publication and one that will be circulated on a quarterly basis. The aim of the magazine is to provide you with just a taste of the work the Business Development Centre at Hugh Baird College undertake.

setting the standards from hairdressing to construction

sponsors our first issue

Liverpool Vision... putting North Liverpool in the frame

NEW SKILLS for enhanced productivity and turnover for the future

Inside this edition Page 2 Welcome & Meet the Team

Page 3 Apprentice News & Award winning apprentice

Page 4 & 5 Liverpool Vision

Page 6 Employer Focus & Leading the way in energy efficiency

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As you flick through the pages, you will find information about our new building which will become the new home of the Business Development Centre and will be the College’s Higher Education hub. Working with businesses is high on the College’s agenda and the Business Development Centre will occupy a dedicated area within the state-of-the-art building. We will have our own modern learning environments, spacious conference and meeting facilities, event space and a ‘hotel feel’ break out area so that delegates and learners can enjoy tea, coffee and food that will be freshly prepared by our chefs. In this edition of focus, you can read about Megan Sibley, a hairdressing apprentice and her employer Shirley Heaton and one of the College’s new best friends, the tax man. You will also find information about the reputation we’re gaining for our training and how staff development for local and regional employers is expanding purely through recommendation. For more information on how the Business Development Centre at Hugh Baird College can help your business, why not call the 24 hour call centre on 0800 046 7720. You will be able to speak with a member of the team who will work with you to assess your training needs and will find out how we can work in partnership to ensure your business and workforce grows and develops. The back page of this edition is sponsored by Malmaison, one of the city’s premier locations for food, accommodation, meetings, events and socialising. We are delighted to be partnering with Malmaison for some of our own networking and enterprise events. If you would like to find out more about these events and would like to attend, please feel free to contact one of the team on the numbers below or email us at . If you would like your business to be featured on the back page of the next focus edition, please contact the magazine’s Editor Tracy Jones on 0151 353 4548.

Mike Mounfield

Turf Turning

Business Development Centre Director of Business Development and Employer Engagement

Editor: Tracy Jones Design: You & Me Creative Advertising: 0151 353 4548 Print: Graphic Offset

Meet the


Published by: Hugh Baird College, Balliol Road, Bootle, L20 7EW

The Business Development Centre at Hugh Baird College is made up of a dedicated team specialising in identifying and fulfilling business training needs for organisations across Greater Merseyside and beyond. With a range of services from free advice and guidance, to bespoke training courses and apprentices, we aim to help your business with productivity, profitability and maintaining a motivated and skilled workforce.

Get in touch 0800 046 7720 Twitter: @bdchugh Find us on Facebook

Neil Gardner Business Development Advisor

Lesley Weir Business Development Advisor

Mark Wynne Business Development Advisor

Sam Breen Sales Support Co-ordinator

Tel: 0800 046 7720 Email: Business Development Centre, Hugh Baird College, Balliol Road, Bootle, Liverpool L20 7EW


APPRENTICE NEWS Hairdressing apprentice blows away the competition Owner of Exclusive Hair in Maghull, Shirley Heaton, is just one of a number of employers who are reaping the benefits of the Business Development Centre’s apprenticeship programmes. A real advocate of apprenticeship training and the nurturing of new talent, Shirley has supported a number of apprentices through the extensive hairdressing training programme delivered by Hugh Baird College. Shirley’s latest rising star is 16 year old Megan Sibley who has been making a name for herself since embarking on her level 2 hairdressing apprenticeship in September. Thanks to the training and guidance Megan is receiving, coupled with her own talent and flair, she recently clinched top spot in the highly competitive First Year Blow Wave category at the industry renowned Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) competitions regional heats, where more than 300 students and apprentices from around 16 other colleges and training centres pitted their skills against each other.

Megan’s success was one of many for Hugh Baird College at the AHT event and the team were delighted to take home the overall award for ‘Best College in the North West’ for the 7th time. Lesley Weir from Hugh Baird College’s Business Development Centre said: “It is clear to see that with focus, determination and first class training and support from an outstanding employer, apprentices such as Megan have endless opportunities available to them. Everyone at the Business Development Centre was delighted to hear of Megan’s success and we wish her well in the next round of the competition.” Shirley Heaton added: “I have had a long standing relationship with the Business Development Centre at Hugh Baird College and the support they provide my apprentices is first rate. As a businesswoman I see the benefits of apprenticeship training and I would urge other small-medium enterprises to see how apprenticeship training can enhance their business.”

Award winning apprentice A young electrician from Bootle has picked up a top construction award at the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder and Apprentice of the Year Awards. Michael Von Bargen, an apprentice electrician working at Sovini Property Services in Bootle, has been named Best Building Apprentice in the North West. He was chosen for his high standard of workmanship, professional attitude and dedication to his work. Phil Parkinson, FMB Services Director for the North West said: “The FMB’s Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates talented apprentices who have worked hard to achieve high standards of skill and craftsmanship in their chosen trade. Michael is an outstanding example of an apprentice showing commitment, dedication and determination to carve a career in this important industry.” Now nineteen, Michael was the first employee to be taken on by Sovini Property Services when they were set up to provide property maintenance services to One Vision Housing. His apprenticeship sees him attending Hugh Baird College one day a week to study towards the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Installing Electrical Systems & Equipment. Michael von Bargen

Michael was nominated for the FMB award by Sovini’s Customer Relationship Manager, Joanne Watkins who said: “We are very proud of Michael and his fantastic achievements. He has been an excellent apprentice and fully deserves this award. Sovini Property Services and One Vision Housing are passionate about supporting the learning and development of their staff and Michael is one of five Hugh Baird College apprentices we employ, ranging from joiners and electricians to bricklayers. Apprenticeships are a great way of helping us to build a long-lasting talent pipeline and by working closely with the Business Development Centre at Hugh Baird College we are able to find the right apprentices and the most effective training for our needs.”


Future vision puts North Liverpool squarely in The multi-billion pound development, Liverpool Waters dominates the city’s regeneration news. Although this is one of the UK’s most important regeneration and investment opportunities – and possibly the biggest - it is by no means the only ambitious project making waves in the north of the city. In 2009, Liverpool City Council undertook a comprehensive review of North Liverpool, the main conclusion of which was that North Liverpool and South Sefton needed a long term Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF). The SRF was drawn up by planning consultants DPP Shape in partnership with economic development company Liverpool Vision, Homes and Communities Agency, Government Office North West and both Liverpool and Sefton Councils.

The North Liverpool and South Sefton SRF outlines five major opportunities. These include the aforementioned Liverpool Waters scheme, Liverpool’s SuperPort plans, the redevelopment of Liverpool and Everton football clubs’ stadia, the better utilisation of the area’s proximity to the expanding city centre and the development of the area’s biggest asset, its people. Sarah said: “The SRF provides a unified vision for the area, making the most of its assets, especially its people. For example, the SRF’s SuperPort plans envisage a massive expansion of North Liverpool and South Sefton’s role as a global trading gateway through substantial investment in the area’s freight and logistics sector and the construction of the post-Panamax facility to extend the port’s capability.”

Karen Tate Business Growth Manager North Liverpool

Hugh Baird College recently met two of Liverpool Vision’s team to discover the rationale behind the framework and learn about the other giant opportunities that the area has to offer. Sarah Kelsey, Liverpool Vision’s North Liverpool Partnerships Manager explained: “An enormous amount of regeneration has been achieved in Liverpool over the last decade. However, much of this development has taken place within the city centre and the south of the city.” “Progress in these areas is guided by long term, ambitious plans which highlighted the area’s opportunities and joined together partner activities. This is what the North Liverpool and South Sefton SRF does. It is a cohesive strategy and Liverpool Vision and our colleagues in Sefton are using the SRF to ensure that the area can once again become a vital source of prosperity, enterprise and creativity.”

Sarah Kelsey North Liverpool Partnership Manager Liverpool Vision

“But people are also key to this ambition. Peel Ports is now backing Liverpool’s plans to develop the UK’s only low carbon and SuperPort University Technical College. These plans will enable the area’s young people to learn the specific skills that these industries need and qualify them for the jobs that the SuperPort would create.” 04

the frame Liverpool’s two premiership football teams, both based in North Liverpool, also present a significant opportunity for the area. Sarah said: “Liverpool and Everton FC are global brands with a combined turnover of hundreds of millions of pounds. Both clubs are committed to substantial investment to either replace or expand their existing stadia, and improve the surrounding environment. These investments also have the potential to create direct employment by improving the operating environment and wider tourism and leisure potential.” Liverpool Vision is also working to enhance education and skills in North Liverpool in another way, through the work of their North Liverpool Business Growth Manager, Karen Tate. Karen believes that the inhabitants of the north of the city possess inherent skills that are vital to successful businesses. She said: “It’s fantastic that projects like Liverpool Waters and the SuperPort are promising new jobs in North Liverpool, but it is also vitally important that local people are encouraged and supported to set up new businesses and create jobs too.” “My job is to help to make this happen. I would say that the people of North Liverpool have an innate talent for business. They are naturally industrious, creative people, but some may lack the confidence to start a business or the skills and training that they need to make their business grow. That is where I come in. I meet with new or established businesses and work with them to realise their ambition and grow their bottom line.” “Ensuring that the workforce has the requisite skills to meet the needs of the modern economy is essential for economic growth. That is why I am working to forge closer links with universities and education institutions and with employers, to identify skill needs and opportunities for training, which is of great importance to the economic and social development of North Liverpool.”

“North Liverpool is one of the most strategically important regeneration areas in the country and it has enormous potential on which to build a strong economy and sustainable communities.”

The Liverpool Waters vision involves regenerating a 60 hectare historic dockland site to create a worldclass, high-quality, mixed use waterfront quarter in central Liverpool. The scheme, which has just been approved by the Government, will take advantage of the site’s cultural heritage and integrate it with exciting and sustainable new developments. Liverpool Waters will contribute substantially to the growth and development of the city, allowing ease of movement and strong connections between the north of the city, its hinterland, and the city centre. It will accommodate new and existing residents, create tens of thousands of new jobs, attract national and international businesses, and encourage a significant increase in the number of visitors to the city. Peel Holdings’ ambitious vision for the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone is one of the UK’s most important regeneration and investment opportunities.

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For more information on the giant opportunities taking place in North Liverpool visit For more information on Liverpool Vision’s Business Growth Service visit



The Tax Man – Our new best friend! It’s not often that you can claim the tax man as

your best friend – the very mention of the word tax and man in the same sentence usually causes people to break out in a cold sweat and head for the hills! However, for Hugh Baird College that is definitely not the case. The College has developed a strong relationship with a number of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) sites in and around the Bootle and Litherland area and, by working closely with a number of Union Learning Representatives (ULRs), we are currently training more than 100 of their staff in level 2 and level 3 Information Technology (IT) Apprenticeships. The benefits to staff are enormous with the ULRs stressing how the courses have helped their colleagues, improving their efficiency and effectiveness in their job roles.

In fact, things have gone so well that a further 65 staff will be taking up the offer of an IT apprenticeship with Hugh Baird College in the coming months, with a number of existing students progressing smoothly onto the next level, which just goes to prove that the tax man really can be your best friend!

If you would like to find out more about up-skilling new or existing staff, please contact the Business Development Centre at Hugh Baird College on 0800 046 7720 or by email at

Leading the way in

energy efficiency With rising utility bills, energy efficiency is a concern for much of the UK’s population as we struggle as a nation to power our industries and our homes. In fact, more than half of the UK’s 26 million homes are inadequately insulated, with most of our heat escaping through the walls. The government’s Green Deal and ECO initiatives give people a huge opportunity to improve their energy efficiency, saving on fuel bills and cutting carbon emissions. For local companies in the sector, this offers a fantastic opportunity for gaining new business provided your employees have the latest skills. So, in a bid to help upskill the region’s workforce, Hugh Baird College is leading the way with a new offering for the energy efficiency industry. The College has been approved to run and assess the NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (external wall insulation). Its Business Development Centre is able to offer a range of apprenticeships, two day training courses or bespoke formats to suit the needs of your business in this growth area.

If you would like to know more about this or indeed have any other training requirements, please contact the Business Development Team on 0800 046 7720 or email 06

Turf turning marks start of work on £8m project

Hugh Baird College was delighted to celebrate the commencement of works on the site of its ambitious new £8 million, state-of-the-art development. The building, due to open in January 2014, will become the new home of the College’s Business Development Centre, where they will continue to offer professional training courses, bespoke employee training and apprenticeship opportunities. There will also be a venue available for hire as a corporate hospitality base for hosting meetings and conferences for clients. The turf turning event was attended by key representatives from the College and Sefton, including Hugh Baird College’s Principal, Yana Williams, its Chair of Governors, Jim Brown and MP for Bootle, Joe Benton. Leading North West contractor, Wates Construction, has been appointed to undertake the works. Construction of the facility will see Wates fulfill a commitment to creating positive community impact through the creation of employment and training opportunities. Wates has a strong commitment to working with local subcontractors and recognises the true value in ensuring that local construction projects employ local companies and suppliers. At the start of the project, they held a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for Hugh Baird College, offering local subcontractors a chance to become part of its supply chain. The project takes environmental issues into account too, maximising sustainability and energy efficiency. Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North West, commented: “The cost efficient construction of educational buildings calls for a need to source sustainable construction techniques. The new building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, made possible through the installation of solar panels to heat hot water and a rainwater harvest tank to reduce water consumption." The 2,600 sq meter development will also feature a technologically advanced University Centre, offering a dedicated place of study for students on Hugh Baird College’s degree programmes, all validated by top North West universities. There will be an open-plan study area for art students; a flexible performance/exhibition space; and facilities open to the community including a library, dedicated Jobcentre Plus base and cafe. Joe Benton MP said: "I am delighted to be working in partnership with Hugh Baird College on this project. Our collaboration will ensure positive regeneration of the area as well as making genuine and realistic provisions for my constituents in regard to the acquisition of skills and re-training."

For more information on the new development, go to:

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Focus | Issue 1 | Quarter 2 | 2013