Smooth sailing for Summer Ball


Businesses throughout the Liverpool City Region were honoured  as the Greater Merseyside Learning Providers’ Federation (GMLPF) hosted its first Summer Ball event.

GMLPF is a non-profit organisation that champions and supports over 60 Merseyside work based learning providers.

Inspired by the programme of events happening this summer to celebrate Cunard’s 175th anniversary, the Summer Ball followed a glamorous cruise ship theme.

The event, which will now be an annual celebration for the organisation, celebrated the region’s leading work based learning providers and acknowledged their hard work, dedication and commitment to providing excellent opportunities for Liverpool’s young people.

The ball was attended by learning providers including, Mode Training, Michael John Academy, Liverpool Chamber, Salt Education, Training Plus Merseyside and Asset Training.

Also in attendance was Councillor Lana Orr, mayoral lead for primary schooling, who spoke of the importance of supporting Liverpool’s learning providers.

She says: “It’s great to be part of the GMLPF Summer Ball to support the region’s learning providers and celebrate all the work they do for Liverpool’s young people.

“From speaking to those in attendance tonight it’s evident that they are passionate and very much dedicated to providing the best options for further education and apprenticeships.

“What a fantastic event to showcase the inspirational businesses who are raising the standards of education throughout Liverpool.”

Taking place in the Rum Warehouse at the Titanic Hotel, well-known compere Pete Pinnington played host for the evening’s celebrations, which included a casino, fruit machines and cruise ship entertainment.

Vegas dancers entertained guests with a show-stopping routine, magicians Laurel and Hardy wowed with their impressive magic tricks and singer Tam Ryan performed a wonderful set which got everyone up on their feet before the disco.

James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF says: “Our first Summer Ball has been a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the work each of our members does throughout the Liverpool City Region and bring all our members together in a unique, enjoyable way.”

“Everyone has had a wonderful evening and has left feeling positive about the future of our sector, and the role GMLPF can play to help deliver even better opportunities for the region’s young people. Here’s to next year!”

Pictured are Cllr Orr and James Glendenning