Learning Curve Group, one of the UK’s leading training providers, has partnered with one of the largest unions in the country to provide fully-funded training to its membership base.

The North East-based company, which specialises in education and training for further education providers and employers, will deliver a range of courses to members of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW).

As part USDAW’s Lifelong Learning Campaign, which aims to provide members with opportunities to get back to learning, over 430,000 members will be able to access fully funded Level 2 Distance Learning courses, including in Mental Health Care, Team Leading and Equality and Diversity.

Learning Curve Group offers a wide range of courses for employers looking to increase the skills of their employees, often through dedicated websites accessible from any location. It has also become a primary source of support and information for businesses accessing the Apprenticeship Levy.

The benefits to businesses include maximising workforce efficiency, boosting business productivity and ensuring the availability of a new generation of skilled employees.

Brenda McLeish, Chief Executive of Learning Curve Group, said: “We already work with a wide range of employers and employees in different industries, which has given us the ability to adapt and devise our training programmes to suit the needs of each end user. That has put us in a good position to be able to work with a Union like USDAW, which has members that span so many different business types.

“Making this training available to its members will be beneficial for both personal and career development, improving future prospects. Learning also boosts employees’ confidence, improves morale and gives employers a more motivated and skilled workforce.”

Ann Murphy, National Lifelong Learning Coordinator at USDAW, said: “This partnership with Learning Curve Group provides another fantastic opportunity for Usdaw members to get back into learning, develop skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification via our website and we are looking forward to working together to make learning even more accessible and affordable for our members.”