PHX and LEP to upskill county's workforces

The Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership has selected PHX Training to deliver its upskilling programme across the county.

Together they will support 1,500 people in gaining work-related qualifications over the next two years.

The programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions alongside the European Social Fund and is designed to help businesses become more productive and plug skills gaps.

PHX Training will hire 14 new training coaches to deliver the courses which cover topics such as team leading, business administration, adult social care and customer service, in addition to functional skills such as maths and English.

Briony Fawcett, managing director at PHX Training, said: “The next two years promise to be an exciting time for Lancashire, as we aim to build back stronger.

“Working with the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership to provide courses to upskill members of staff will help companies to identify skills gaps in their organisation and train up their members of staff so that they can become more productive and more profitable."

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, director of the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub, said: "The reskilling and upskilling of the existing workforce continues to be an important priority for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

"Industrial digitisation, ambitions regarding net zero and the economic recovery are all contributing to the need for businesses to ensure that they have a workforce that is skilled to adapt to current and future challenges, to boost sustainability and productivity. The project will provide subsidised training to meet the needs of Lancashire businesses."

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