Centres to close as Leicester training firm’s parent company reveals “fundamental changes”

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NCG has opened consultation with staff at Intraining and Rathbone, which share a site in Leicester, that will see the training firms’s centres close not only in Leicester but across the country. Hundreds of jobs will be lost in the move.

NCG said: “We have today (Tuesday 19 March 2019) opened consultation with Intraining and Rathbone staff on some fundamental changes to the way in which we operate in England, including the closure of our network of training centres and a radical refocussing of our apprenticeship proposition.

“If we proceed as currently proposed following consultation, we will in future operate a single, smaller, digitally-enabled business focussed on delivery of  high-quality apprenticeships for the tech, management and professional occupations.

“That future operation will be closely aligned with the Group’s overall mission and values – working closely with NCG colleges to enrich its proposition and generate bottom-line benefits for clients and learners.

“Intraining and Rathbone accounted for less than 20% of Group revenue in 2017/18.  The changes we are proposing will strengthen NCG’s already robust position, supporting our ambition to invest in teaching, learning and facilities.

“The unfortunate effect of these proposals would be substantial redundancies in Intraining and Rathbone.  We will confirm our future plans once the consultation has concluded.

“In moving forward, we will put the interests of learners first and support them to finish their programmes wherever possible.”