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Destinations Directory

Our Destinations Directory provides a resource to assist anyone in Merseyside who has an interest in supporting young people aged 16+ to achieve their potential. The directory highlights a range of opportunities in education, training, and employment, as well as general enablers. In the near future, the directory will also include a range of housing providers who understand the challenges young people face in trying to secure somewhere stable to live. Entries on the list do not necessarily reflect an endorsement. While it’s comprehensive the directory isn’t exhaustive, so if you are a provider and would like to be included, please contact us here.

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Activate Futures

A registered charity that provides personalised educational and vocational programmes for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. It offers two programmes: Activate Futures. - A personalised study programme for 19-24 year olds with learning difficulties and disabilities and focuses on building the skills and experience needed to pursue an activate life in the local community.

Activate Futures,
The Bracknell Centre,
Bracknell Avenue,
L32 9PW

It provides good quality adult education to improve and increase the skills and enterprise of local communities. It supports individuals to move into work or develop skills within an existing workplace. Antrec specialises in providing high quality adult education programmes across the taxi, construction (CSCS Cards), hospitality, call centre and many more sectors.

The Investment Centre, Stanley Road,
L20 3EF
APEX Charitable Trust

"A Merseyside specialist charity based in St Helens it supports ex offenders into employment, training, education and voluntary work. It supports people with multiple problems, complex needs arising from poverty, traumatic life events, mental health problems, drug and alcohol-related needs and lack of support networks. The organisation promotes social inclusion for people who have a history of offending by assisting them to improve their prospects. Helping people with a criminal record age 16+ to overcome their individual and personal barriers by providing a range of specialist & proven 1 -1 support programmes."

APEX Charitable Trust,
24 Church Street,
St Helens,
WA10 1BD
Arden College

Located in the centre of Southport, it is a specialist college for students aged 16-25 years with learning difficulties and disabilities and/ or behavioural and social difficulties. The college offers both day and residential placements, with residential provision available for 38 or 52 weeks. Respite placements are also available for learners. Placements are typically for up to three years and subject to regular reviews to ensure that student needs are being met. The focus is to ensure that learners are prepared for independent adult life as much as possible. This includes developing communication, functional skills, employability and skills for independent living.

Arden College,
40 Derby Road,
Art in Action

Art In Action is a not for profit industrial and provident society with charitable aims. Based in Bootle the organisation was formed in 1978 to create opportunities for local people to access skills within a creative media and digital arts environment.

Art in Action,
482 Stanley Road,
L20 5AF

Supporting care leavers to live independently in the community by developing their life skills, social skills, self-confidence and esteem. Start Smart provides a dedicated support worker to support looked after children aged 17 in their transition to independence and works closely with the leaving care service and semi-independent providers to ensure support provided is joined up

109 Eaton Road,
L12 1LU
Blackburne House

A Liverpool-based charity in the Georgian Quarter (L1) which supports the development of local – and often vulnerable – women. With a core focus on education it offers a wide range of nationally recognised courses and qualifications particularly in sectors where women are still under represented. Set in a Grade II listed building, they enable women to learn and grow in a safe environment.

Blackburne House,
Blackburne Place,
L8 7PE
Brighter Futures

This OFSTED-accredited alternative to college offers vocational training and traineeships to 16 – 24 yr olds across Merseyside, specialising in performing arts, animal care and sports coaching. Aiming to deliver practical qualifications and opportunities for real world work experience. Brighter Futures aims to offer continual support with basic English and Maths and to build students CV writing and interview skills.

Brighter Futures,
The Threlfall Building,
Trueman Street,
L3 2BA
Career Connect

Career Connect provides high quality, independent careers advice, bridging the gap between learning, employment and better life chances for young people and adults.

Career Connect,
7th Floor Walker House,
Exchange Flags,
L2 3YL
City of Liverpool College

The largest college in Merseyside offers a wide range of courses designed to help students in their next step into education or starting out in a successful career.

City of Liverpool College,
Roscoe Street,
L1 9DW
Cornerstone Vocational Training

Cornerstones Vocational Training (CVT) is a vocational training provider for 13 - 19yr olds in Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral. CVT provides alternative education to young people who face barriers to inclusion in mainstream provision. This helps young people who are in danger of permanent exclusion from schools to access a vocational focus while still attending schools to study core GCSE subjects.

Cornerstone Vocational Training,
19 Maritime Business Park,
Atlas Road,
L0 4DY
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

"DWP is a government agency that supports people of working age from welfare into work. It also helps employers to fill vacancies. offers thousands of vacancies but also provides programmes to help jobseekers who may need extra help in finding work. Long-term unemployed people and people with disabilities can receive specialised support. DWP also provides advice on how to make a claim for benefit and who to contact about an existing enquiry claim. Contact:"

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),
Williamson Square Jobcentre Plus,
20 Williamson Square,
L1 1PW
Employability Solutions

Employability Solutions is a registered Independent School offering an alternative secondary education for young people who thrive in a smaller, more nurturing setting than mainstream schools. ES offers accredited training, personal guidance, support and access to a wider curriculum of enrichment activities as well as robust safeguarding measures to students.

Employability Solutions,
52 Wellington Street,
L19 2LX
Everton in The Community

Through the positive promotion of sport, physical activity and the brand of Everton Football Club, this charity is committed to providing high quality, accessible participant and development opportunities that positively change lives and bring enjoyment to our communities. Under their Employment and Education strand of work, they work alongside partners to provide a comprehensive offer via Apprenticeships, New Futures Pathways, Everton Football College and National Citizen Service. Their Primary and Senior School provision is targeted at the areas of most need. This charity delivers a service that is rated as “best in class” by their participants, funders and community partners. It is recognised as highly successful in making a significant social contribution; changing lives and providing opportunities for all participants, particularly the most hard-to-reach and hard-to-help members of society.

Everton in The Community,
Spellow Lane,
L4 4DF
Greenbank College

"Offers an individualised work related study programme for young people aged 16 -19 yrs (or aged up to 25 if you have an Education Health and Care Plan) in a small, supportive, fully accessible environment. Study Programme is a personalised learning programme which supports personal development and aims to help students to achieve their goals for work and life. The College is committed to empowering SEND students to make their own decisions and choices and has an active Student Union and range of Learner Voice activities. For further information, please see our SEND Local Offer Statement"

Greenbank College,
Greenbank Lane,
L17 1AG
Households into Work

This Liverpool City Region programme encourages and prepares unemployed people struggling to enter the workplace to see employment as a realistic option. It also helps people to find work. Advocates work across all six Liverpool City Region’s local authorities, largely through outreach. They provide 1:1 support, help people to tackle and resolve issues preventing them from seeking employment.

Households into Work,
No. 1 Mann Island,
L3 1BP
Hugh Baird College

Offers more than 300 courses and an extensive range of subject areas and qualifications. Delivers training and courses across an extensive range of provisions, from 14-16 year olds and apprenticeships, to A-levels, university levels courses and adult learning with dedicated campuses and employment-focused results.

Hugh Baird College,
Balliol Road,
L20 7EW
Inside Connections

Inside Connections provides support, training and employment opportunities to young people 16 yrs+. Bespoke support for care leavers, individuals with criminal convictions, those with issues with homelessness and support for military veterans. Training provided includes basic functional skills to fully vocational qualifications. Employability opportunities provided by a network of trusted employers who understand the challenges these students may have experienced

Inside Connections,
Silvester Street,
L5 8SE
JM Education

JM Recruitment Education & Training is a government registered training provider. Working with over 300 schools, 150 businesses and 30 NHS Trusts, providing professional support in three key areas – recruitment, education & training. The training programmes and courses are suitable for study programmes, pre-apprenticeship courses, apprenticeships and as CPD for more senior staff.

JM Education,
Maguire Avenue,
Knowsley Community College

"Teaching real-life sector experience across three campus sites with the main campus in Huyton offering the latest in technology and skills spaces. As well as relaxing and comfortable social study areas, there are : State-of-the-art classrooms, workshops, studios and equipment that allow learning in a flexible and supported way. Their Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology is a centre focused on delivering the skills needed by business in and around the Liverpool City Region, with national and international interests. These, as well as their industry standard equipment and expert tutors, provide real-life sector experience – a key attribute that employers and universities are seeking. "

Knowsley Community College,
Stockbridge Lane,
L36 3SD
Knowsley Works

The Ways to Work programme helps people back into work by providing information, advice and guidance, work placements and targeted training. Initiatives also support vulnerable young people, and other vulnerable groups and people who are out of work providing the opportunity to gain employment, skills and training for participants.

Knowsley Works,
43 Derby Road,
L36 9UQ
Learning Foundry (Regenda)

Utilising existing relationships with employers across the North West, the Learning Foundry offers positions to suit all levels and experience, matching learners with their ideal vacancy and providing employers with the people they need to help their business grow. With a range of opportunities via traineeships and apprenticeships students benefit from dedicated support tutors, functional skills support, student welfare and financial support. It has over 25 years experience in the training and education sector.

Learning Foundry (Regenda),
The Watson Building,
4 Reshaw Street,
L1 2SA
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

LCRCA focuses on strategic governance to facilitate economic growth. As part of this, it provides transparent and accountable strategic decision-making for employment and skills functions.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority,
No. 1 Mann Island,
L3 1BP
Liverpool County FA

As the governing body of the game in Merseyside for over 120 years, Liverpool County Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level.

They are responsible for providing the structure and support that enables our players, coaches, volunteers and referees to develop. Their priority is that every participant in the county is given the opportunity to develop in a progressive and enjoyable environment.

In addition to their governance responsibilities, they concentrate heavily on the development of the local game and maintain a strong emphasis on the evolution of players, coaches, volunteers and referees. By promoting “Football For All”, they encourage participation across all sections of society, regardless of age, ability, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or socio-economic status.

By developing innovative programmes and cultivating opportunities in alignment with the governing body (The FA), they deliver the National Game Strategy in Merseyside.

As a county, they believe it is essential to uphold our traditions and embrace the legacy of our past. Although the Liverpool County Football Association has been the governing body of all association football in the county for over 120 years, today, they are an energetic, innovative and ever-changing organisation.

Contact: Steve Swinnerton Football Services Manager

0151 523 4488 x105

Liverpool County FA,
Walton Hall Park,
Walton Hall Avenue,
L4 9XP
Liverpool FC Foundation

The LFC Foundation deliver 24 community programmes across three impact areas: Wellbeing, Skills, Communities, every week. They are active in 20+ locations across Liverpool City Region and beyond, engaging children, young people and members of the community every day.

As part of their wellbeing offer they run the LFC Foundation Military Veterans Football and Men's Health programmes. They deliver a SEN Sports offer to over 10 SEN schools across Liverpool City Region.

As partners with MOVE Alder Hey Children's Charity, they also deliver a specialist coaching project for Cystic Fibrosis patients, helping to encourage young CF patient’s physical activity levels to improve lung function and quality of life.

As part of their Skills offer, they deliver the Onside Project in high schools supported by Merseyside Police to help address issues around youth and gang crime. Their Sports Works programme, in partnership with the Twinning Project, looks to deliver Sports Leadership qualifications in two of Liverpool’s Prisons to contribute to reduced reoffending.

LFC Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars Project works with local schools to develop skills and ambition of young people aged 5 to 11 years, in both a sports and classroom environment.

Their Communities programmes are built around our Kicks offer for boys and girls, delivered in areas of most need these football based inclusive sessions aim to build positive relationships with local communities and schools.

Liverpool FC Foundation,
Anfield Rd,
L4 0TH
Liverpool In Work

Aims to support local people into work through job search, coaching and mentoring, work experience, training, skills development and information, advice and guidance. It is part of the Liverpool City Region ESF ‘Ways to Work’ Programme and part-funded by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative

Liverpool In Work,
Eastern Area office, Newsham Adult Learning Centre,
Newsham Drive,
L6 7UH
Local Solutions

AIMS (Accommodation, Intense Mentoring and Skills) has been the core component of Local Solutions Young Person’s Hub since its launch. The AIMs client group is primarily focused on young people aged 16-21 (extendable to 24) who are currently in care or leaving care. It also includes young people who are in temporary or insecure accommodation and those not in education, employment or training (NEET).   AIMS is a mentoring model based on the power of relationships and the potential for building a positive relationship with a trusted adult role model.

Local Solutions,
286-316 Scotland Road,
L5 5AE
Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH)

This industrial and provident society works with people who experience isolation and social exclusion in their communities. MEH aims to create a socially inclusive society in which all individuals can achieve their potential. MEH has extensive experience of supporting people with multiple barriers and complex needs and its multi-skilled delivery team is drawn from a diverse background which includes careers advice, adult education, health and wellbeing, social care and psychology, research, intercultural dialogue, business start-ups and the private sector. A delivery team that combines professional skills with lived experiences.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH),
Lappin Centre, Mill Lane,
Old Swan,
L13 5TF
Merseyside Youth Association (MYA)

MYA provides innovative, practical and positive support to children and young people. Established in 1890, MYA draws on an enormous depth of experience and knowledge while remaining dynamic and fresh in its approach. MYA delivers a wide range of early intervention, prevention projects and workforce development across Merseyside. Their projects have a youth work ethos and methodology across diverse curriculum areas e.g. skills, employability, health, inclusion, arts and the ability to develop bespoke responses, tailor made to meet the needs of individual young people or organisations.

Merseyside Youth Association (MYA),
65-67 Hanover Street,
L1 3DY
Mode Training

Programmes include: Apprenticeships – a paid job with a local employer. Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible. As an apprentice, you will train in a place of work and also attend training sessions if you need to improve your Maths and English skills. Mode offers apprenticeships in Business Administration, Barbering, Customer Service and Hairdressing. Traineeships – A traineeship is a training course for 16 to 24 year olds. It is an ideal way for getting the skills and work experience employers are looking for. Traineeships are a stepping stone into an apprenticeship. Study programmes – made up of different elements including a vocational qualification, English and/or Maths training, work experience, and activities to develop character, skills and confidence. Open to 16 to 19 year olds (or up to age 24 if you an Educational Health Care Plan is in place).

Mode Training,
Secret Warehouse, Syren Street,
L20 8HN
Morthyng Vocational College

Morthyng Group Ltd and its Wirral-based college offers vocational and non-vocational training to national standards. Offering a caring pastoral environment is important to this college, with a view to enhancing self-esteem, dignity, and equality of choice. With a focus on 14 – 19 yr olds the college aims to meet the needs of both learners and employers and promotes an ethos of life-long learning.

Morthyng Vocational College,
52 Hamilton Street,
CH41 5AE
Pinehirst Education

Pinehirst is a not-for-profit organisation based in Liverpool. Pinehirst Housing houses vulnerable adults who suffer from homelessness, substance misuse, mental health challenges or are ex-offenders leaving prison. With 42 houses consisting of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms in Anfield, Kensington and Tuebrook. Providing keyworkers to work closely with clients, assisting them with benefits assessments, appointments and medical assessments, keyworkers complete daily logs on individual progress. Referrals come from the Whitechapel, National Probation, housing associations and prisons. Pinehirst Education delivers education to young people, aged 16-18 offering vocational courses in Skills in Track and Rail Maintenance, Construction, Landbased (which covers horticulture and animal care) and Skills for Further Learning and Employment. Many students are highly vulnerable, some are care leavers or come from the youth offending system. Pinehirst’s full-time courses with wrap-around support aims to help students fulfill their aspirations and prepare them for work.

Pinehirst Education,
31 Belmont Road,
L6 5BG
Pinehirst Housing

Pinehirst is a not-for-profit organisation based in Liverpool. Pinehirst Housing houses vulnerable adults who suffer from homelessness, substance misuse, mental health challenges or are ex-offenders leaving prison. With 42 houses consisting of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms in Anfield, Kensington and Tuebrook. Providing keyworkers to work closely with clients, assisting them with benefits assessments, appointments and medical assessments, keyworkers complete daily logs on individual progress. Referrals come from the Whitechapel, National Probation, housing associations and prisons. Pinehirst Education delivers education to young people, aged 16-18 offering vocational courses in Skills in Track and Rail Maintenance, Construction, Landbased (which covers horticulture and animal care) and Skills for Further Learning and Employment. Many students are highly vulnerable, some are care leavers or come from the youth offending system. Pinehirst’s full-time courses with wrap-around support aims to help students fulfill their aspirations and prepare them for work.

Pinehirst Housing,
31 Belmont Road,
L6 5BG
Positive Futures

Positive Futures is a charitable youth organisation based in North Liverpool working with young people aged 8 to 24 years giving them access to support, guidance and opportunities for self development.  PFs Targeted Support Team works with young people on a one-to-one basis to help them overcome a wide range of issues or challenges such as bereavement, anger management, self-esteem, life skills and confidence building.

Positive Futures,
Unit B1,
Tetlow Way,
L4 4QS
Princes Trust

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12-week self-development course run by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) for young people aged 16-25 who are not in education, training or employment.   The course is designed to equip learners with the skills they need to succeed in the future and aims to improve teamwork, communication, leadership, motivation, confidence and self-esteem.

Princes Trust,
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, HQ,
Bridle Road, Bootle,
L30 4YD
Real Skills

A long established high quality provider of rail training. Hosting a range of courses, including PTS and TIC training at their head office in Liverpool. A National Skills Academy Rail Engineering (NSAR) accredited training provider that aims to increasing the standards of training and delivery in the UK Rail Industry. Real Skills offer the following opportunites for 16-19 year olds: Pre-Apprenticeships – working on practical railway skills and helping to develop students Maths and English skills. Traineeships – providing students with the necessary knowledge and understanding to enable employment within the rail industry along with essential work experience. Apprenticeships – allowing students to have hands on experience by working with a railway infrastructure team.

Real Skills,
215 Crosby Road South,
L21 4LT
Recycles Merseyside

Offers free courses in bicycle maintenance and repair. The course is open to people aged 18-30 who have a learning disability, are unemployed or are an asylum seeker/refugee. As well as learning new skills, the course involves working on second-hand bicycles, which when repaired are sold in the community to help fund the social-enterprise. The 6-week course involving two sessions a week can be flexible on timings. Reasonably-priced, refurbished bikes are available for sale from Bulky Bob's shop from Monday-Saturday, 9:30-4:30. Kid's bikes start at just £10.

Recycles Merseyside,
129-139 London Road,
L3 8JS
Rocket Training

Training provider with centres in Liverpool and Wirral. Established since 1981, delivering programmes for individuals and employers across the Greater Merseyside area. Training focuses on programmes which are nationally recognised and meet the needs of local people and employers.

Rocket Training,
304 Kensington ,
L7 2RN

A training and support company with 30 years experience that aims to bring employers and potential employees together. With a focus on 16 – 24 yr olds Seetec has a wide range of government funded programmes for young people including traineeships. Seetec aims to build skills and provide relevant work experience whilst a keyworker supports learners throughout their employment journey.

SEETEC, Graeme House,
L2 7XS
Sefton At Work

"Helping Sefton residents to look for work or training. It offers free, confidential and impartial information, advice and guidance to workless local residents over 16 years on all aspects of jobs, education and training including self-employment. Services include: • One-to-one, confidential appointments with an adviser. • Latest job vacancies and information about non-recruitment initiatives. • Pre-employment training programmes for employer vacancies. • Help to produce and update CV. • Interview advice and tips, (eg techniques and skills). • Help to complete application forms and cover letters. • Access to Internet, telephone and postage related to jobs or training. • Access to specific training courses related to employability."

Sefton At Work,
286-288 Stanley Road,
L20 3ER
Southport College

Vocational courses for school leavers and adult learners including expert apprenticeship training and a wide range of higher education courses with strong local employer links. Taught in industry standard facilities. Offering varied and interesting work placements, exciting trips and visits and participate in sport and enrichment activities.

Southport College,
Mornington Road,
St Helens College

St Helens College caters for students of all ages, studying at all levels with courses and training for around 8,000 students across two main sites. The Town Centre Campus and the STEM Centre, Technology Campus. St Helens College works closely with employers from across the Liverpool City Region to close the gap on skills and contribute to the economic turnaround of the region.

St Helens College,
Water Street,
St. Helens,
WA10 1PP
St Helens in Work

ESF Ways to Work Programme supports local people into work through job search, coaching and mentoring, paid work experience, training and skills development, and information, advice, and guidance.

St Helens in Work,
Contact Centre, Wesey House,
Corporation Street,
St Helens,
WA10 1HF
Strawberry Fields

The Steps to Work programme at Strawberry Field is a 12 to 18 month scheme that offers young adults with learning disabilities and other barriers to employment the opportunity to gain skills and work experience. Steps to Work consists of an 8 week work readiness course, followed by 3 different 3 month work placements. These placements include 2 days per week of vocational training and 2 days per week in a work environment to move young people into employment or meaningful volunteering.

Strawberry Fields,
Beaconsfield Road,
L25 6EJ
The Military Preparation College (MPC)

"MPC is a training college that helps 16-19 year olds develop their fitness, vocational qualifications and employability skills to help prepare for employment, including rewarding careers in the British Armed Forces. The active learning curriculum aims to inspire students to achieve their personal best with 50% of every day spent learning outdoors or taking part in physical training. The MPC curriculum has been designed to develop students’ physical fitness, essential skills and self-confidence. The college operates a ‘roll on, roll off’ joining process with no set deadline by which to apply, allowing new recruits to join on a weekly basis."

The Military Preparation College (MPC),
Army Reserve Centre,
Mather Avenue,
L18 6HF
Wirral Met College

As the largest provider of 16-18 education, adult education, training and apprenticeships in Wirral, all study programmes are designed to prepare students for the world of work and in many cases, they progress to university level study, as part of their career plan. They work in partnership with many employers providing traineeships, apprenticeships and valuable work experience and part of the study programme may be based with an employer. 16-18 year olds study free but there are bursary schemes and a range of advice, guidance and support to help you to access financial support.

Wirral Met College,
10 Europa Blvd,
CH41 4NT
Wirral Ways To Work

This programme supports eligible workless young people and adults to move into education, employment and training. The Wirral Youth Employment Gateway Service, for young adults aged 16-29, provides specialist job coaches who support participants into sustainable employment, including self-employment, on a one-to-one basis. The service is delivered by PeoplePlus.

Wirral Ways To Work,
The Lauries Centre,
142 Claughton Road,

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