A Cumbrian training provider has been highly praised by a Government watchdog.

PHX Training has been inspected by Ofsted, with inspectors examining the quality of its apprenticeships and adult learning services.

They looked at the organisation's leadership, the quality and outcomes of the training provided and safeguarding and praised PHX for the progress it has made.

Head of quality Tracy Terry said: “This is great news.

"We have the services and level of skills to deliver high-quality apprenticeships and learning and it’s a confidence boost for our team to know that Ofsted is comfortable with us and how we are conducting our training.”

Managing director Briony Fawcett said: “It’s particularly pleasing when the independent inspectors praise us for the standard of our training.

"This is testament to the hard work put in by everyone across the organisation at all levels and I’d like to thank them for their efforts.”

The inspection report said: “Apprentices benefit from high-quality well-coordinated on-and off-the-job training.

"Apprentices undertake relevant vocational training and additional short courses, organised by their employer, that further develop their understanding of their role.

"Assessors support and challenge apprentices to develop the applied English and mathematics skills needed for the workplace, often beyond the minimum requirements of the apprenticeship framework.”

PHX delivers apprenticeship qualifications in business administration skills, as well as team leading, customer service, hospitality, management and warehousing.

The company also provides the new employability practitioner standard level four.

As well as apprenticeship training, PHX Training delivers government-backed initiatives, adult skills, NEET (not in education, employment or training) training, employability contracts and work-based learning programmes.

Training is delivered via six training centres in the North West including Barrow, Carlisle and Workington.