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Metro Mayor of Liverpool calls for more apprenticeships

The mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram is calling on the Government to give more powers to the regions, in order to boost the training agenda and apprenticeships.

Figures show, just 33% of people across the North have a degree-level qualification compared with 61% in London. A new campaign aims to close the skills gap with the rest of the country over the next decade.

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There's an increase in North West students gaining top grades

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The number of students in the North West gaining top grades at A Level is UP slightly.

With 24.6% of pupil getting A* and A grades, but like the rest of the country the overall pass rate is slightly down, with 97.6% students in England receiving A*-E grades, down 0.3%.

The exams have changed this year, relying only on a final exam and not course work.

Figures suggest there has been a fall in the number of students accepted on degree courses at UK universities.

Research by the Sutton Trust suggests that young people are less likely to think that getting a degree is important in order to do well in life.

Future of Preston Youth Zone hangs in the balance

The future of the Youth Zone in Preston still hangs in the balance after Lancashire County Council deferred a decision on whether to scrap it.

The council says its had no bids from potential operators.

Campaigners gathered ahead of the meeting.

There's a similar zone in Chorley and one of its backers Martin Ainscough says its a vital community resource.

An opinion echoed by some of the younger clients:

North West to get specialist Maths college

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The University of Liverpool Mathematics College will become the first specialist maths college to open in the north of England. Due to open in 2020, at a location close to the University campus, the ULMC will welcome up to 80 pupils per year when fully operational to study Maths, Further Maths and Physics A Levels with other subjects like Computer Science and Music under consideration.

The ULMC will work in partnership with local schools to raise aspirations and attainment levels in mathematics. And it will also look to address the shortage of female students in the study of further mathematics.

In today's global economy, it is essential that the UK develops the potential of our most talented maths students and this initiative is a much needed response to that challenge.

– Dame Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool
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