Posted on Aug 05, 2021
County Durham based training provider, Learning Curve Group (LCG), are announced as finalists for the Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside Company of the Year at the North East Business Awards 2021. LCG have been shortlisted for several awards this year and are delighted to add another to their list. The awards, which take place on the 23rd of September at Hardwick Hall Hotel, celebrate the achievement and highlight successful and innovative businesses that are doing amazing things to represent the North East.
LCG are national training and education specialists, supporting learners, employers and FE providers to achieve success through a range of impactful training programmes. One of the core reasons for their nomination is their dedication to transforming lives through learning, not only in the North East but across the whole country. LCG provides education for more than 200,000 individuals a year and in 2020, the year of the pandemic, they reached their goal of transforming one million lives through learning. The last 18 months has been a challenging year for learners and the education sector as a whole, LCG put their learners first and ensured that their education would not be disrupted by the pandemic.
CEO of LCG, Brenda McLeish, said: “I am so excited that Learning Curve Group are finalists for Company of the Year at the North East Business Awards. It is fantastic to be recognised for the commitment that we have to our learners and the local community. Our Purple People, the dedicated staff at LCG, work hard everyday to transform lives through learning and are driven by the desire to better people's lives in our region and beyond.
It has been a challenging year for many businesses across our region, so I am looking forward to coming together and celebrating all the things that North East businesses have achieved despite the effects of the pandemic.”
At the beginning of the pandemic, LCG quickly utilised online platforms to make all of their courses available online. By doing this, the training provider saw a huge growth in people wanting to complete these qualifications during various lockdowns. Within the first month of moving their training resources online they had over 20,000 enrolments! Due to the high amount of people wanting to learn, LCG had exceeded their Government funding allocation, therefore they took money out of the business to be able to provide education to people across the country who were eager to learn and gain new skills during the pandemic.
Charity is also a huge part of LCG’s culture. As one of the largest employers in the North East, the company saw the importance of giving back to their local community at such a challenging time. The LCG Charity Foundation donated £20,000 to the County Durham Covid-19 Relief Fund last year to support those impacted most by the pandemic. All of these funds were raised by LCG’s employees and local supporters.
So far this year LCG have been shortlisted for Learning Provider of the Year at the BAME Apprenticeship awards and North East Champion of the Year at the The North East Chamber Business Awards. They have also been included in the Best Companies to work for lists for the North East and the Education Sector. The winner of Company of the Year for each of the three North East regions then go head to head for the title of North East Company of the year on the night of the awards ceremony at Hardwick Hall Hotel.