Training specialist PHX Training has appointed Lindsey Thornton to lead its drive in apprenticeships and the benefits they offer to Cumbria.
Lindsey, with experience spanning more than 20 years in government-funded training and apprenticeships, will help to develop a diverse apprenticeships offering for those over the age of 16 across key sectors including team leading and management, logistics and warehousing, employability practitioner and business administration levels 2-4. The PHX team of qualified trainers delivers a diverse range of resources including offline, online and face-to-face services at six training centres including Barrow, Carlisle and Workington.
She previously worked for the North East Chamber of Commerce for over 12 years as the training and development manager and then as its regional engineering and distance learning manager.
Lindsey, who joins the company as apprenticeships manager, said: “As an organisation, PHX Training is committed to apprenticeships and the benefits they bring for both the employer and the apprentice. Employers gain a valuable employee who is skilled and trained to their internal standards, and that of the national apprenticeship standard. The apprentice gains experience and a professional qualification in their chosen career.
“An apprenticeship can lead to great things, they are more sought after than ever before because of the level of knowledge and skills an apprentice gains. This is so valuable in the world of work, giving them the competitive edge when applying for future jobs or progression up the career ladder. It is the best way to start your working life, I am 100 per cent behind apprenticeships.”
Lindsey has managed the delivery of apprenticeships across a broad range of programmes including mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, fabrication and welding, science, built environment and logistics. Separately, Lindsey continues to operate her own business in medical, cosmetic and aesthetic tattooing.
PHX Training is pointing out that under a recent government announcement, employers with fewer than 250 people with an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million Euros will have their contribution cut to employ apprentices from 10 per cent to five per cent.
The company delivers government-backed initiatives, adult skills, NEET (not in education, employment or training), employability contracts, apprenticeship training and work-based learning programmes.