Training firm wins £3.3m city region contract

Training firm The Learning Foundry secures £3.3m contract to deliver training to adults across Liverpool city region. Tony McDonough reports

The Learning Foundry
John Burton of Inside Connections with The Learning Foundry’s Joanne Abraham


Liverpool city centre training business The Learning Foundry has secured a £3.3m adult training contract from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Part of the Regenda housing group, The Learning Foundry will deliver training for people aged 19 and above. It is for those living in Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton. The contract was awarded as part of the Adult Education Budget (AEB).

AEB is a CA programme that can be accessed by employers and individuals. It funds a range of training. Individuals can use it to kick-start a career and help them upskill into better paid jobs. For employers AEB funding can be utilised to train their existing workforce and support staff with career progression.

Joanne Abraham, managing director at The Learning Foundry, said: “Achieving this funding for AEB will allow us to do so much more to support local people into training and jobs. 

“Previously we have offered adult training via other great providers. Now, as a prime provider, we have more flexibility to support business and individuals achieve their aspirations.”

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As part of the AEB contract, The Learning Foundry will partner with Inside Connections to deliver construction and civil engineering programmes. Inside Connections was formed in 2017. It offers support and access to training for individuals in custody, care, or the armed forces, as well as those in the community.

John Burton, founder of Inside Connections, added: “This funding will help us provide more opportunities for people to focus their talents into something constructive. Giving people a chance to create a better life for themselves and become an asset to employers.”

The Learning Foundry, which is an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ provider, will also offer funded pre-employment programmes via AEB. These are short courses designed to match people looking for work and employers looking to recruit.

This sector-based training provides an opportunity to teach the specific skills needed to excel at interview and hit the ground running from day one of starting work. To find out about how to access AEB-funded programmes click here.

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