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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.

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:

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