Skills boost for Merseyside as leading firm moves into Enterprise Zone

Posted on 29 November 2013 · Posted in News

First4Skills, one of the country’s leading training providers, has announced a deal to relocate onto Liverpool’s Princes Dock, part of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.

The company, who help over 8,000 learners gain qualifications every year, are moving significant portions of their core business to the Enteprise Zone as they look to build for the future.

“Moving to Princes Dock is a fantastic opportunity for the business,” said Alison Parks, CEO of First4Skills.

“We understand how hard it is in the current economic climate to develop for the future, as businesses face a constant challenge.”

The Enterprise Zone status of the Princes Dock site was a major attraction for the Company.

“The support from the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone is vital to us to achieve our aim of leading, not following in our chosen sectors and we’re looking forward to establishing ourLiverpoolbase.

“We feel First4Skills can make all the difference as future-proofing by training in business is an investment that needs to deliver the best return – we have over 30 years experience in helping individuals and organisations to achieve this.”

First4Skills offer a range of qualifications, from NVQs to apprenticeships, and can offer companies flexible solutions for upskilling their existing staff. The move onto Princes Dock provides a fantastic opportunity for collaboration with other businesses on the quickly-growing development.

Liza Marco, asset manager at Peel, said:

“We are pleased to welcome First4Skills into Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters. As Liverpool Waters progresses, First4Skills and its apprentices are in a good position to benefit from the scheme.

“We have had a wealth of interest in the Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters offices recently which is testament to the impressive standard of the offices on offer in this unique location in the city. In addition, the significant financial savings both new and established companies are able to benefit from by moving into the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone are now being recognised.”

Mersey Waters is not the only Enterprise Zone providing high-quality training and skills to local young people. MIRATechnologyPark, near Hinckley in Leicestershire, aims to build an academy to train two thousand apprentices by 2020. Likewise, Cosworth Engineering, based on the Northampton Waterside Zone, will train 1,200 apprentices by that date.