Digital skills specialist Netcom Training has secured £5m in government funding to deliver courses to hundreds of learners across Liverpool.

The funding – from the Adult Learning Budget – has been allocated to Netcom by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA).

The move will see Netcom open dedicated digital training facilities and create new jobs in the region.

Over the next five years, Netcom will provide more than 350 fully-funded places on digital courses to plug the skills gap by enabling learners to get into work.

Over 150 places will be available on its Level 2 course in Digital Skills for the Workplace while more than 200 places are allocated for Level 3 courses in Web Design for Marketing Entrepreneurs, Infrastructure Technician and AWS re/Start (cloud computing) in collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

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Kevin Vashi, managing director of Netcom Training, said: “The £5m funding demonstrates Liverpool City Region’s commitment to supporting learners to access the skills they need to get into work or make a change in the direction of their careers.

“This means our digital skills courses are fully-funded – there is no cost to the learner. In this way we can help transform the working lives of many hundreds of people across the city region, improving their career prospects and in turn the local economy.”

Learners must be aged 19 or over and live in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Wirral, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens or Sefton). For more information how to apply, visit https://www.netcomtraining.co.uk/courses-in-liverpool/

Adam Holden is already benefitting from Netcom’s training provided through LCRCA’s digital skills bootcamps.

Adam Holden, student of Netcom TrainingThe 31-year-old from Liverpool recently completed a 10-week online cyber security course and said: “The course was fantastic – the tutor made it very engaging and it has opened up my passion for IT. I can now go on to develop my skill set and career. The training has given me a foot in the door to a career in IT.”

Netcom Training has also secured funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to provide 365 fully-funded places on digital skills courses in the region. The company is now targeting a national rollout of its training programmes.

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The Government has placed learning at the heart of its Levelling Up White Paper, published in February 2022. It has pledged that, by 2030, the number of people successfully completing high-quality skills training will have significantly increased in all UK areas.