PHX Training announces senior hire

PHX Training has appointed Darren Pond as business manager for work based learning. He will oversee a team of nine new training coaches who are working on a programme to upskill 1,500 workers across the county.

The company, which has offices in Blackpool, Preston and Morecambe, is working with Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership to help businesses become more productive and plug skills gaps through training and qualifications. The programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions alongside the European Social Fund.

PHX Training will work with local businesses to run three-to-six-month courses such as team leading, business administration, adult social care and customer service, in addition to functional skills such as maths and English.

Darren brings more than 20 years of experience working in business management to the role, as well as and 11 years working in the welfare to work sector, including promoting equality and diversity amongst business and in the community.

In addition to running the Lancashire programme, Darren will also manage the Skills Support for the Workforce contract to support employees to gain new skills and qualifications in Cumbria. The contract is being run in association with the EDGE education partnership and commissioned by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

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