10 Sep Mayor of Liverpool marks opening of new tpm learning centre in Baltic Quarter
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson officially opened the tpm new learning centre on a live link-up via Zoom this week. After nearly twenty years on Lime Street, tpm has relocated to Liverpool’s most exciting urban zone, the Baltic Triangle. We were proud to have Liverpool’s elected mayor mark the occasion with his well-received words of encouragement and pertinent messages about the role tpm and other apprenticeship providers in the region have to play.
In particular, Joe highlighted the need for collaboration between agencies across the whole of the Liverpool City Region, to support disadvantaged young people and individuals wanting to change career direction in these challenging times. He said:
“These are unchartered waters, but what we have across the city region is an excellent opportunity to work with providers such as tpm and others who are at the vanguard of skills development.
“Achieving synergy and cohesion for the delivery of programmes like Apprenticeships, Kickstart, and other funded initiatives will be critical to providing the best level of support for the residents of Liverpool City Region. At City level, we will be embracing this opportunity, and I am encouraging professionals from the sector to come forward with their suggestions for how to best achieve this.”
tpm learning centre in heart of Baltic Quarter
The Baltic Triangle is a historic industrial area of Liverpool with a rich maritime past, claiming its name from sea trade links with the Baltic countries. Despite heavy bombing during World War Two, it boasts many listed buildings but the location was gradually abandoned as Liverpool’s docks declined.
In 2005, the area’s potential for redevelopment was recognised, triggering the reinvention of the old warehouses as live music venues and art centres. As a result, the Baltic Triangle played a big part in the 2008 Capital of Culture success. The vibrant, fast-growing area is now home to many cultural and creative businesses, and therefore known as Liverpool’s ‘Creative and Digital Quarter’. tpm’s new building, Shipwright’s House, is steeped in history spanning enterprise, innovation and learning. Where better for tpm to be located than at the heart of this thriving location?
A great place to learn
tpm sees the Baltic Quarter as the future seat of education in the region. Our new centre is a first-class training hub, equipped with 65-inch screens, something requested by our learners. There are laptops and super-fast wireless connectivity throughout the building. Additionally, there is free onsite parking and excellent transport links. The centre is only a ten-minute walk from Liverpool One and twelve minutes from Brunswick Station. It is also right next to Jamaica Street, Parliament Street and Challinor Way. Furthermore, the area is easily accessible by bicycle. The site also gives tpm an excellent opportunity to expand into adjacent land and buildings. Watch this space for exciting announcements coming soon!
A great place to relax
The new centre also benefits from great neighbours. As well as innovative companies such as Cyberfrog Designs and Baltic Broadband, there are a host of places to eat, drink and relax. Staff and learners will benefit from having great eateries such as Baltic Bakery and Chapters of Us on the doorstep. Additionally, there are great venues such as Camp and Furnace, who host regular events. What’s more, there are many unique places to shop in the Baltic Market. Curriculum arrangements are slightly different this year to accommodate bubbles. Learners will be at the centre for fewer days, but the days will be longer. What better way to relax after a long day learning than a nice dinner with friends?
A great place to collaborate
tpm already works with several companies within the area. As the centre becomes established, these links will strengthen and will bring new opportunities for learners. We already have apprenticeship vacancies with top employers within the Baltic Quarter. The move has also meant tpm has built stronger relationships with companies who have made the move possible. tpm managing Director Brian Quinn explains how significant these collaborations are:
“Our success has always been attributable to great partnership working and relationship building with associates. Reinventing tpm at Shipwright’s House is the result of a great collaboration with quality businesses like Future 3 Architecture, Swiftmove Removals, Manor Building Solutions, Connelly Electrical Contractors, Baltic Broadband, 2020 Networks, MICT, Queens Dock BC, Scribe Associates, Central Park Cleaning Solutions and of course tpm staff, family and friends.
tpm new learning centre is a new beginning
The move will also give learners and staff a fresh start post-lockdown. The centre is safe, secure and completely refurbished. Moreover, it has allowed tpm to think about the way it operates in a new way. tpm Managing Director Brian Quinn explains why the move is great for learners, staff and partners:
“We’re all about inspiring and equipping the next generation of young professionals to achieve; what better way to do that, than through opening a new learning centre in the Baltic Quarter of the City? Professionals and creatives fill its cool cafes and cultural hangouts – role models for our learners. For micro and small businesses in the region, we’re a local training partner with a quality track record to support your skills development and succession plans.”
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