A powerful new resource in the battle against youth unemployment has been launched for students, parents and teachers in the North West of England.
Created by careers education specialist U-Explore in conjunction with Mersey local authorities, Mersey Interactive is the new single access point that brings together all of the careers information, advice and guidance available in six areas of the Mersey region - Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens and Halton.
Once registered, young people from the age of 13 upwards can use the interactive website to help plan their futures and look at the possible career paths available. Content is localised to each area within the Mersey region and users can get advice on improving job opportunities, matching skills and qualifications to specific career choices and learning more about the university or Apprenticeship opportunities that are available to them.
Joanne Smith, 14-19 Advisor at Wirral Borough Council, commented: "Mersey Interactive is a great tool; it's a one-stop-shop for young people, parents and teachers. It features up-to-date careers information, skills, advice and guidance.
"As part of the Wirral Interactive area of the website, there is also information about a massive waterfront development which is very jobs driven, so this site is all about equipping young people with the information they will need to see what the future looks like."
Parents, carers and teaching and support staff can also register to Mersey Interactive to access a wealth of information that can help them in supporting young people.
Similar interactive portals have been commissioned in a number of other counties including Lancashire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire.
Mersey Interactive can be accessed at www.merseyinteractive.com.