Liverpool Hope University hosts first Professional Liverpool event with debate on UK skills gapMonday 23 November 2015
Students, alumni and staff from Liverpool Hope University’s Business School hosted members of Professional Liverpool for their first joint event at the University’s Hope Park campus, where topics under discussion included the UK skills gap.
Speakers at the first event included John Hall (CEO of Professional Liverpool), Dr Martin Carey (Head of Liverpool Hope University Business School) and Jordan Wright, a Liverpool Hope University graduate who in 2008 set up sports coaching and education provider Little League Sports, which now employs 25 staff in Liverpool and won Business of the Year (up to 50 employees) at the 2015 Echo Regional Business Awards.
Calling for wider government funding to help students and graduates make more direct links with business, Dr Carey said: “The IMF World Economic Outlook Projections for July 2015 indicated that the UK will grow by 2.2% next year. However, according to the Confederation of British Industry, our economy is still suffering from a chronic skills shortage from graduates. There is a wealth of student talent in the city. This first Professional Liverpool event was a chance for students to make connections with industry and for us all to delve deeper into what businesses want from graduates and vice versa.”
Jordan Wright (pictured) said: “We started Little League Sports while we were students, and thanks to the pastoral care and direction from the Liverpool Hope University Business School, we felt ready for the world of business when it came to graduation. That same approach is a fundamental part of our own business model, and all of our post-16 coaching qualifications involve work placements, allowing our students to go on to degree level and beyond with skills, experience, hunger for success, and a clearer idea of where they want their careers to take them.”
John Hall, CEO of Professional Liverpool said: “Tonight we've seen the immense knowledge and talent that exists at Liverpool Hope University. Facilitating this discussion is one of the first steps to Professional Liverpool working closer with the academic and student community to create opportunities.”