New contract set to strengthen GC’s skills and employment provision across Liverpool City Region

We’re proud to announce that we’ve just won a new contract to deliver the Adult Education Budget (AEB) across Liverpool City Region (LCR) – worth £1m per year for up to three years. This will strengthen our existing skills and employment provision in the area, and allow us to build on the success of existing contracts such as Positive Directions, National Careers Service and Recovery Works.

Our service offer has been designed to meet the needs of LCR, helping people across the city-region to gain the skills they need to find employment and thrive in the workplace, or to go on to an apprenticeship or further training.  

What we’ll be doing

As an award-winning social enterprise and Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ provider, we are committed to supporting the most disadvantaged people across Liverpool City Region Thanks to our existing work, we already have a tried-and-tested strategy in place to help us achieve this.

As part of our contract delivery, we’ll be targeting 15,000 people without any formal qualifications in Knowsley by offering taster sessions for the 21% of adults who have never used the internet; collaborating with the seven Area Forums to tackle entrenched worklessness in Halton; and developing pathways for the 2000+ residents with mental health conditions with whom we already engage.  

We will also work with our partner – Community Revival – to engage non-English-speaking participants and work in communities where there is a high BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) population.  

Creating a strong workforce the future

Given that Liverpool City Region has 100,000 economically inactive residents – which is the highest rate nationally – it’s clear that our work will play a vital part in improving employment levels in the area.  

As part of our delivery, we’ll recruit around 1,700 learners from across Liverpool City Region onto our tailored programmes which have been designed with the help of employers, so that they meet local recruitment needs in key sectors – such as visitor economy and logistics.


Mark Hughes, Chief Executive of the Growth Company, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for GC and reinforces our reputation for delivering high quality skills and employment provision. The contract will allow us to build on all the positive things that we already do across Liverpool City Region by supporting some of its most vulnerable and hard-to-reach residents into employment or training.

Delivery of the contract will begin in August 2019.