About Us

Vision and Values

Sefton Corporate Learning Centre has developed a vision and a set of values, fully aligned with the Sefton Council’s core priorities. Our vision and aim is to:

Inspire people to engage in learning and development opportunities through professional collaboration and partnerships.

Our values underpin our service delivery model and describe what we believe to be important and to help us to determine our priorities for the service. Our values define how we will respond to new opportunities; behave with each other, our staff, managers and our stakeholders to achieve high levels of customer service and satisfaction.

Team overview

The team consists of 16 staff who all work effectively towards achieving the vision and the Council’s core priorities that reflect and support the current and future needs of the service. The Workforce Learning and Development Team is proactive and responsive in providing a range of training and development opportunities including scheduled, private, bespoke training events, eLearning and venue hire.

Within our team, we are supported by experienced and skilled Learning and Development Officers who are each responsible for managing and maintaining a portfolio of accredited and non-accredited training programmes. This includes traditional face-to-face training, workshops, e-learning modules, and information briefings. This team also provide and/or commission a range of learning and development opportunities to meet statutory, local and national requirements. This includes the identification of training priorities to support recruitment, re-skilling and retention needs.

Our team also provides a Corporate Apprenticeship Programme which is supported by the Apprenticeship Coordinator and dedicated Support Officers. Apprenticeships are available to anyone who is interested in applying for an opportunity with Sefton Council. Further information can be found on the apprenticeships page. Rhett Ellison Womens Jersey

Staff Profiles


  • Michael Mainwaring

    Workforce Learning and Development Manager

    Michael has overall responsibility for leading a workforce learning and development service that is both responsive and proactive in meeting the current and future needs of the organisation. This includes partnership working and collaboration with other external organisations and the identification of new business opportunities to support the growth and

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  • Lisa Burke

    Business Development Manager

    Lisa has a wide ranging and highly experienced background within the educational field both within the UK and overseas. Having qualified as a Secondary School Teacher in 2003, Lisa continued to work in the education sector for the following 14 years, branching out into Outdoor Environmental Education and Adventurous Pursuits, where a

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  • Emma Finnigan

    Organisational Development / Strategic Apprenticeship Manager

    Emma was appointed as Organisational Development Co-ordinator with Sefton Council in October 2017, following a recent promotion. Emma will play a key role in driving forward OD across the organisation as well as acting as a deputy for the Workforce Learning and Development Manager. Emma has however worked as Apprenticeship

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Learning Development Officers

  • Grace Gillen

    Grace has recently joined the team and is responsible for developing and delivering training opportunities for professionals who work with children and young people. Some of the training areas she covers include Early Help, Mental Health Awareness, Child Development and Safeguarding. Grace has a strong background in working with children and young people in a Read More
  • James Cole

    James has been training for Sefton for over 13 years. He has overall responsibility for providing First Aid training to Sefton and its partners. James together with Joanne White, also provide training in relation to ICT software, including Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. This includes designing and creating E-Learning software to support all Read More
  • Lorraine Akins

    Lorraine joined the Learning and Development Team in July 2014, and holds responsibility for the commissioning, development and delivery of blended learning primarily in the area of Children’s Social Care in Sefton. This can also include delivery to a broader audience in terms of our multi-agency partners, neighboring and wider Local Authorities. Lorraine qualified as Read More
  • Louise Kearney

    Louise joined the team in July 2004 having previously worked as a Social Worker in the Maghull area office and has responsibility for training that covers the whole council such as Safeguarding Awareness, Prevent Awareness, Human Trafficking Awareness and Managing Aggressive and Violent Behaviour. Louise works closely with the Adult Social Care teams and with Read More
  • Lynn Parsons

    Lynn has worked for Sefton since 1987 and has held positions in a number of areas; she has been in the Workforce Learning and Development team since 1994. Lynn completed a Degree in Health Informatics in 2009; has attended Prince2 Foundation training and has recently completed the Level 3 Manual Handling Trainers Course. She has Read More
  • Rachel Kenny

    Rachel joined the team in September 2018. Rachel qualified as a social worker in 2007 working for a time in education welfare the in substance misuse teams. The substance misuse teams were with both adults and children and focused on harm prevention and supporting those with problematic misuse. Rachel was then employed by Wigan Council Read More
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Corporate Apprenticeships Team

  • Amanda McNally

    Workforce Planning Support Officer

    Amanda graduated from Edge Hill University in 2003 with a Business Management Degree and whilst completing her final year of study she started working with Sefton MBC as a part time Clerical Officer. Upon completion of her degree she was then successful in gaining an Administration Assistant role in Personnel in

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  • Debbie Rayfield

    Corporate Apprenticeship Manager

    Debbie is currently seconded to the Workforce Learning and Development Unit and is supporting the Corporate Apprenticeship Programme. Debbie has worked within the Personnel Department as a HR Support Officer for the last 15 years and has 31 years’ service with Sefton Council. Part of her role is to support new apprentices

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  • Helen Evitt

    Workforce Planning Support Officer

    Helen qualified as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in 1992 and has worked in several large Local Authorities including Leicester City Council, Bristol City Council and Reading Borough Council. She then located back to her northern roots where she was appointed as an EHO at Sefton Council in an enforcement and

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