A TRAINING firm is expanding its services after joining a partnership of colleges and other coaching companies in Cumbria.

PHX Training, which has centres in Carlisle, Workington, Barrow and others in Lancashire, has joined the Edge, an initiative led by Carlisle College, as a delivery partner.

Established in 2013, it supports businesses through the European Social Fund.

The firm will deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce contract, commissioned by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, to help employees gain new skills and qualifications.

It will also support individuals through funding by the Adult Education Budget.

Briony Fawcett, managing director at PHX Training, said: “Helping people to gain new skills and improve their prospects is what we do best, and so we are thrilled to have become a part of the Edge partnership to join forces, share expertise and be able to reach even more people and businesses across Cumbria.

“Skills gaps create barriers, not only to employees and their individual progression at work, but to businesses seeking to unlock their true potential and achieve growth, so by addressing these issues we can help to make a real difference to workforces in the region.”

Andy Dodds, Assistant Principal, at Carlisle College, said: “We are delighted to welcome PHX to the Edge in Cumbria.

"It join an already established and successful group of Cumbrian colleges and training providers who are actively working alongside local employers, improving the skills and talent in the county to facilitate business growth.

"PHX will be able to add to our training offer and enable us to reach more employers and individuals throughout Cumbria”

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

It also offers apprenticeship qualifications, for example in business administration skills with a "diverse range of resources including offline, online and face-to-face services."

For information ring 01228 810 960.