Training provider secures £1.6m from Government

Liverpool training venture The Learning Foundry secures £1.6m from the Government to deliver Skills Bootcamps across the North West. Tony McDonough reports

The Learning Foundry
From left, Barbara McDonough (Inside Connections), Claire Lee (The Learning Foundry) and Craig Pennington (Future Yard)


Training provider The Learning Foundry (TLF), has secured £1.6m in Government funding to deliver Skills Bootcamps to people aged 19 and above.

Liverpool-based TLF will offer programmes in green skills, telecoms, civil engineering and live music production to learners across the North West. The bootcamps provide individuals and businesses with upskilling, reskilling or retraining.

Skills Bootcamps form part of the Department for Education’s broader ‘Skills for Life’ offer. Programmes are flexible, funded or part-funded, running up to 16 weeks at a time. Bootcamp training is co-designed with employers in sectors where there are skills gaps.

TLF’s programme in green skills, is already active within the Liverpool city region. Green skills training has been designed in collaboration with employers in the housing, construction and maintenance sectors.

It is aimed at providing much-needed skills to support sustainable construction, and energy efficient retrofit works, to enable the achievement of Government net zero targets by 2040.

Telecoms and civils programmes will be delivered in collaboration with Inside Connections.

And building on the success of The Learning Foundry’s existing partnership with Future Yard in Wirral, the Skills Bootcamp in sound check will provide an opportunity to work with an extended network of key music venues throughout the North West.

Claire Lee, TLF’s managing director, said: “All the team at The Learning Foundry are thrilled to be awarded funding from the Department for Education to deliver Skills Bootcamp training.

“The funding will enable us to equip people with the skills they need to secure and develop careers not just jobs and ensure employers see our region as an attractive place to stay and invest.”

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Craig Pennington, chief executive and co-founder at Future Yard, added: “The live music sector is a highly valuable growth industry and provides opportunities for a rewarding career both locally and internationally.

“We want to encourage more people to see the opportunities that the music industry and live events sector has to offer.

“We’re leading the way by reimagining music venues such as Future Yard, into knowledge sharing and training hubs that engage people towards  a new career.”

Skills Bootcamp programmes via the Learning Foundry will start from February 2024, find out more about all the programmes click here.

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