THE City of Liverpool College has launched a raft of courses to teach vital skills needed to boost the region’s economic growth. The college have introduced higher education courses (HE), apprenticeships and professional qualifications to provide students with important abilities. Six English and Maths courses, 10 HE courses, in sciences, business, engineering, health and social care, hospitality, photography and tailoring have proved popular with enrolments since the college announced a new intake at the end of 2016. The range of professional courses available are designed to help employees and employers advance in their careers and improve job prospects. The college has also devised a pre-access to higher education course for health professionals, which includes English and Maths GCSE, to help students who may not have achieved the grades required to move forward in their academic careers. The aim of the pre-access course is to develop skills to prepare students for an Access to HE health professionals/health and social care programme at the college. Courses run in the evening, online and on fixed days each week so they can fit around busy schedules at work or family commitments. College Principal Elaine Bowker said: “We are committed to providing the people of Liverpool with the right courses they need to help them find and secure jobs in the Liverpool City Region and beyond. “This introduction of a raft of courses will meet the needs of businesses demanding its workforce have the vital skills needed to provide much-needed services and bolster the economic stability of key sectors.” A wide-range of financial support, so the full cost of the courses can be spread over a fixed term, and help with travel costs for 16-18-year-olds depending on financial circumstances is available. For adult learners over 19 years old intending to study on a full level 3 course at the college, the Advanced Learner Loan is available, which does not have to be repaid until earnings are more than £21,000 a year.