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Training leader returns to town centres to help people back to work

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A leading regional training provider is returning to town centres across Lancashire and Cumbria to help local people back into work.

PHX Training has re-opened its centres in Barrow, Blackpool, Carlisle, Morecambe, Preston and Workington to help provide apprenticeships, trainings courses and back-to-work support to help local people who have been made unemployed due to the coronavirus lockdown to find new work.

Following government guidance into reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19, centres have been fitted out with social distancing floor markers, screens and extra anti-bacterial measures to protect learners and staff.

Carla Pearson, of PHX Training, said: “Unfortunately for many people, the virus has had a big impact on jobs, with many people losing their employment and potentially having to retrain and learn completely new skills to find work.


“It’s vitally important that we are able to safely re-open our centres and offer as much support as possible to make sure that people in Lancashire and Cumbria have the best access to jobs and training support to be considered for new jobs. We’re also working with local employers who may need to hire quickly, or to access the Government’s apprenticeship bonuses.

“Our staff have been working around the clock to make sure our centres are as clean and safe to visit as possible, and we’re eager to help as many people as we can back into work.”

The training provider is continuing to provide training support online to people who can learn online, in addition to offering face to face sessions to support learners. PHX Training is available to support local companies to make the most of the government’s Kickstart scheme to hire young adults into high quality work placements lasting six months.

From August 1, businesses will be paid £2,000 for each new apprentice hired under 25, and £1,500 for any new apprentices over 25. The scheme is in addition to the existing £1,000 grant that the Government offers to business who take on young apprentices between 16 and 18.

PHX Training delivers government-backed initiatives including adult skills – Maths, English and vocational courses, NEET (not in education, employment or training), employability contracts and apprenticeships.

The company 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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