The potential loss of jobs and skills provision in a Tees region have been stopped after Learning Curve Group (LCG) saved the Hartlepool branch of Total Training.
LCG, who also run a Beauty Academy in Hartlepool town centre, has worked with Midlands-based Total Training to save the Hartlepool arm of their training business, which will now see 11 members of staff keep their jobs instead of face redundancy over the Christmas period.
The group has stepped in to take on the lease of the Hartlepool office and keep all provision active and jobs secure, ensuring it is business as usual for employers, learners and staff.
The move extends LCG’s reach in the North-East to four centres – including Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Sunderland – covering the beauty, construction and health and social ae sectors.
LCG is hoping to extend the provision offered by the centre, to add to the already successful courses in forklift driving, warehousing, employability and groundworks alongside accredited CITB Health and Safety provision.
LCG CEO Brenda McLeish said: “After being enabled to take on Total Training’s AEB contract through the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the opportunity to step in and keep this centre going makes complete sense for us.
“We already deliver provision in Hartlepool within a number of sectors including beauty, health and social care, childcare and mental health; helping over 753 learners reach their potential each year.
“I’m looking forward to continuing and developing the provision the centre delivers and providing much needed investment in resources that the people and businesses of Hartlepool need and deserve.
“It’s especially heartwarming to be able to provide some positivity for the town during the recent uncertain political climate and especially at Christmas time – ensuring employment security for the existing workforce at the centre. I’m looking forward to welcoming them into the #PurplePeople family at Team LCG.”
Tees mayor Ben Houchen added: “I’m really pleased that this important training provision will continue so that the people of Hartlepool can continue to receive the training needed to take advantage of the jobs being created in the Tees Valley.”