A Cumbrian training specialist will provide support to even more workforces across the county as it joins an education partnership.
PHX Training, which has six centres across the North West, has joined the Edge, led by Carlisle College.
Set up in 2013, the Edge is a partnership of colleges and training providers working together to support businesses in Cumbria through a European Social Fund (ESF) contract, to provide funded training to address skills gaps and facilitate economic growth.
PHX will deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce contract in the region, alongside other partners and with Carlisle College, the accountable body, to help employees gain new skills and qualifications.
It will also support individuals through funding provided by the Adult Education Budget, working with Carlisle College.
Commissioned by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the contract has been tailored in response to identified local skills challenges.
Briony Fawcett, managing director at PHX Training, said: “Helping people to gain new skills and improve their prospects is what we do best, and so we are thrilled to have become a part of the Edge partnership to join forces, share expertise and be able to reach even more people and businesses across Cumbria.
“Skills gaps create barriers, not only to employees and their individual progression at work, but to businesses seeking to unlock their true potential and achieve growth, so by addressing these issues we can help to make a real difference to workforces in the region.”
Andy Dodds, assistant principal at Carlisle College, said: “We are delighted to welcome PHX as a new delivery partner.
“PHX joins an already established and successful group of Cumbrian colleges and training providers who are actively working alongside local employers, improving the skills and talent in the county to facilitate business growth.”