Partnership will help learners reach for stars

Published: 16 May 2016 at 13:00

Lord Ashcroft Building in Chelmsford

New organisation aims to become leading skills provider in the United Kingdom

A new partnership involving Anglia Ruskin University’s subsidiary company Ixion Holdings aims to become the leading provider of skills and apprenticeships in the UK.

STAR Skills Limited has been set up by the Shaw Trust and Ixion, and will work with employers to establish future demand and offer a mix of employer-based training, distance-learning and classroom training.

The new not-for-profit organisation will pull together expertise, financial resources and innovative IT infrastructure from its parent companies.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“Both Ixion’s and Shaw Trust’s growth and reputation over the last few years has been impressive. 

“In this major area that is constantly changing and adapting to government policy in the skills and education sector, the joint venture partnership in skills will bring benefits to both organisations, those commissioning projects and ultimately, and most importantly, to those using the services that will be provided.”

The new company will start offering courses from 1 August with John Govett in place as Chief Executive Officer and Peter Holmes as Co-Chairman. 

Govett, who will retain his role as Group Chief Executive Officer of Ixion Holdings, said:

“It will have the track record, stature, financial reserves, IT and quality skills sets that the combined Shaw Trust and Ixion boards feel will lead the skills industry and be for the benefit of learner and employer outcomes.”

Roy O'Shaughnessy, Chief Executive of Shaw Trust, said:

“The new joint company complements Shaw Trust’s mission to ensure all abilities and backgrounds can secure sustainable employment, helping more people to develop the right skills for work. 

“This will all be achieved on a not-for-profit basis, with surpluses being reinvested in people and communities. The new company will drive innovation in the skills sector and prepare more people to transform their lives through successful employment.”

Both Shaw Trust and Ixion Holdings will remain separate organisations with full control over their other contracts and divisions.