Blyth centre helps training network reach new milestone

Aspire-igen's Claire Parry with network executive officer David Baker.
Aspire-igen's Claire Parry with network executive officer David Baker.

Aspire-igen’s Blyth centre has become the 60th member of North East Learning Providers (NELP), a region-wide network of training organisations.

The Ridley Street centre – a social enterprise offering careers guidance, employability skills and training – decided to join the network to take advantage of its relationships with funding agencies and to benefit from the training courses it offers.

Claire Parry, a delivery manager at Aspire-igen, said: “Although we are very well connected in Northumberland, I was looking to get involved in a group that brings together training providers on a regional level.

“One of the main advantages for us being part of NELP is the information-sharing.

“We all have access to policies from the funding agencies, but being able to discuss them with peers is incredibly useful.

“Being able to meet directly with funders, like the Education Funding Agency, through NELP means we can hear about any new developments straight from the horse’s mouth. If we have any questions, we can usually get answers there and then.

“The training NELP offers was also a big incentive to join. My team are booked on to the upcoming safeguarding training.”

NELP executive officer David Baker said: “Our membership level is the highest it’s ever been.

“We now have 60 training providers who all pull together for the benefit of the training sector in the north east and their own organisations.”

“With the training and skills sector being such a changeable landscape right now and facing significant funding cuts, it’s more relevant than ever to be part of a network like ours.”

Members of NELP, a not-for-profit organisation, include independent training providers, colleges, employers, local authorities and voluntary organisations operating within Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside.

For more information on the network, visit