Preston training center lands contract to help Lancashire job seekers



Julie Torrance, Employment and Training Manager

A Preston training provider has been awarded a contract to provide skills to job seekers across the county.


PHX Training has offices in Preston, Blackpool and Morecambe and has been selected by PeoplePlus to provide qualifications to help fill vacancies in Lancashire.

Job vacancies in Lancashire hit an all-time high after the pandemic, with the Office for National Statistics reporting that a million vacant positions currently need to be filled, the highest level since records began.

But figures for job seekers in Lancashire suggest around 50,000 people in the county are still unemployed, nearly 15,000 more than before the pandemic started.

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Solving the problem of vacancies is all about changing people’s skills, according to Julie Torrance, employment and training manager at PHX Training.

Julie said: “The problem is not that there aren’t enough people to fill the vacancies, but that they have to be retrained before they can start a career in a different industry.

“People can’t go from being a security guard at a concert to working on a construction site without some basic skills.

“Our work with PeoplePlus and Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership will allow us to identify companies that are struggling to hire and create a plan to organize training courses relevant to these jobs so that people can acquire the skills needed to become employable. in this sector.

“Once we start helping people access these positions, we can also develop a training plan so that they continue to develop and learn on the job by starting apprenticeships, internships or continuing education so that they can continue to develop and learn on the job. that they can make a career in their new role. . “

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The Unemployment Skills Support contract will involve PHX Training working with Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership to identify vacancies and develop a training plan for people who are currently applying for job search benefits.

The initiative is funded by the European Social Fund and support is available to all Lancashire businesses that are struggling to find relevant employees, as well as anyone unemployed over 16 years old.

Sectors of interest include social workers, hospitality and tourism economy jobs, construction workers, and IT and digital jobs.

PHX Training has training centers in Barrow, Carlisle, Morecambe, Preston and Blackpool.

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PHX Training offers government-backed initiatives including Adult Skills, Math, English and Vocational Courses, NEETs (not in education, employment or training), Employability Contracts and learning.

For more information contact PHX Training on 01228 210 317 or visit –

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