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Online learning helps adult skills courses continue

A leading North West training provider helped over 100 people to continue their learning during lockdown, thanks to a funding grant to move its courses online.

PHX Training, which has job centres in Lancashire and Cumbria was awarded £25,000 from Ufi VocTech Trust – a charitable organisation who champion the use of digital technologies to help adults in the UK access and develop the skills they need to do their jobs.

After the training provider was forced to close its job centres to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the funding allowed the team to continue to support learners completing apprenticeships, training courses and vocational skills online.

In total, the scheme helped dozens of apprentices to keep up their studies during the lockdown.


PHX Training delivers government-backed initiatives including adult skills including maths, English and vocational courses, employability contracts and apprenticeships.

Briony Fawcett, Managing Director of PHX Training, said: “Unlike some colleges and universities, our learners tend to be retraining in order to find work and online learning was completely new to them.

“However, by quickly moving our courses online, we are able to support people to continue their learning and apprenticeships. It means those people are in pole position to try and find work when the economy reopens, either by reskilling in a new industry or gaining the qualifications needed to be successful in a new job.”

PHX Training specialises in apprenticeship qualifications in business administration skills, offering learners skills for roles such as office executive, office supervisor, membership administrator and personal administrator. Apprenticeships delivered by PHX also include team leading, customer service, hospitality, management and warehousing across the North West.

The PHX team of qualified trainers also offers a diverse range of resources including offline, online and face-to-face services at six training centres in Barrow, Carlisle, Workington, Morecambe, Preston and Blackpool.

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