Large Skilled Workforce

Liverpool’s deep and long-standing history as a maritime centre means that there is a large and skilled catchment area available to service the maritime, logistics and supply chain industries across the City Region. This workforce is supported by extensive training and support offered through local colleges and training facilities.

6 million people live within an hour of the City Region, and salaries and hourly wage costs are 6% lower than the national average, making it a hugely attractive area to locate your headquarters or distribution centre.


With £1.9 billion in investment and a projected 33,000 new jobs and £6.1 billion in GVA for the City Region by 2020, it is vital to ensure that the local workforce is able to satisfy the demand for jobs of all skill sets.

Quality of Workforce

Your organisation can not only benefit from proximity to multimodal transport, but also has a large and able workforce to draw on. The Skills For Growth Bank supports local businesses that wish to invest in improving the skills and productivity of their workforce, in line with the government’s policy of greater employer ownership of skills, allowing them to tailor apprenticeships and pre-employment training to their individual needs.


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Feeder Programs / Universities

Superport works closely with employers and local learning institutions to ensure that young people receive the careers guidance and advice they need, and they understand all career paths open to them, from work placements, to apprenticeships, to university degrees.

Hugh Baird Colege students

Within the City Region are four universities: the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University and Edge Hill University. There are also seven further education colleges in the form of St. Helens College, Riverside College, Southport College, Hugh Baird College in Bootle, Knowsley Community College, the City of Liverpool College, Wirral Metropolitan College and King George V College in Southport.

Port Academy Liverpool


Port Academy Liverpool operates out of Hugh Baird College and offers a wealth of training opportunities associated with roles connected to maritime operations and logistics. Based in the historic docklands of Bootle the River Mersey has been at the heart of this community for centuries. Through Port Academy Liverpool and with the support of business our mission is to focus on high quality academic provision that will put the Liverpool City Region back on the map as a leading maritime hub.

The Port Academy Liverpool concept was developed with support from the maritime industry and local employers. This was in direct response to the economic growth associated with the new Liverpool2 deep water terminal. Hugh Baird College has a proven track record (as reported by Ofsted in their most recent inspection) of developing and maintaining outstanding partnerships with employers. These partnerships enhances learner motivation, ambitions and success, transforming opportunities and delivering new skills. It is this philosophy that is central to the Port Academy Liverpool approach.


Port Academy Liverpool offers full time and part time courses from the ages of 14 years and upwards. By providing enrichment opportunities connected to the maritime world we also encourage young people to consider careers connected to the sea and the maritime supply chain. We work closely with schools to ensure that they are aware of maritime related careers and opportunities for learning.

We also work with businesses to engage them in meeting their workforce demands through the provision of adequately trained apprentices including warehousing and logistics, team leading and management, business administration, customer service and a range of hospitality programs.

We are continually introducing elements of maritime programs in to our existing learning offer and incorporate aspects of port operations and maritime logistics across a range of disciplines such as engineering, business management and construction.

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“The physical investment and regeneration delivered through Superport is clearly a key vital economic driver for LCR, but our opportunity is far greater than physical assets and infrastructure alone. Superport provides the impetus for a real step change in the skills agenda.

“This agenda, shaped by employers and educators and delivered in partnership, will become the blueprint for the city region skills delivery, ensuring that a skilled, flexible and mobile workforce is able to capitalise on the opportunities our geographic, social and economic position creates.

“This opportunity, this approach and these skills will ensure that the Liverpool City Region can compete nationally and internationally within the global economy.”

Elaine Bowker, Principal and Chief Executive, The City of Liverpool College