Shaw Trust and Ixion Holdings, a subsidiary of Anglia Ruskin University, have announced the formation of a new skills and training 50:50 joint venture. The new company, Star Skills Limited (STAR), will combine Ixion’s and Shaw Trust’s skills activities to create a new and innovative skills provider.
Both Shaw Trust and Ixion Holdings will remain separate organisations, retaining full independent control of their other contracts and divisions.
STAR Skills Limited aims to be the leading not-for-profit provider of skills and apprenticeships in the United Kingdom, providing quality services to the employers and clients that it will serve.
Its VISION: is to “Transform people’s lives through skills”. STAR Skills is committed to helping shape the skills sector, drive the economic growth of employers through skills and to transform more people’s life chances through the use of skills development. This will enable individuals to get a job and to enhance their career development through skills.
STAR Skills Limited will start operations on 1st August 2016. The Chief Executive Officer of STAR Skills is John Govett and STAR’s Co-Chairman is Peter Holmes. (John, will retain his role as Group CEO of Ixion Holdings and Peter will retain his role as Trustee of Shaw Trust.)
STAR Skills will also challenge traditional boundaries in learning and will work with key stakeholders to produce; employer based, classroom, blended and distance learning solutions to meet future demand. It will develop a strong track record, stature, have expanded financial resources at its disposal, innovative IT infrastructure and a quality skill set that the combined Shaw Trust and Ixion Board’s feel will lead the skills industry and be for the benefit of learner and employer outcomes.”
For more information on Star Skills Limited, please see www.StarSkills.org.uk
Adam Sharples, Chairman of Ixion Holdings (Contacts) Ltd, said:
"Ixion and the Shaw Trust make perfect partners because we share the same mission to transform lives, and the same ambition to widen our impact. We look forward to STAR Skills winning major new Skills contracts over the coming years.”
Prof. 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 Govt. Policy in the Skills & Education sector, the JV partnership in Skills will bring benefits to both organisations, those commissioning projects & ultimately, and most importantly, to those using the services that will be provided”
John Govett, Chief Executive (STAR Skills Ltd) and Group Chief Executive Officer (Ixion Holdings Contracts Ltd), said:
"At the heart of our strategic thinking, the new Skills JV with Ixion and Shaw Trust will bring a cutting edge new partnership that brings; the ability to swiftly change curriculum, a skills offer to meet labour market requirements, the understanding of needs to create a learning environment suited to disadvantaged groups, that will challenge traditional boundaries in learning and will work with key stakeholders to produce; employer based, classroom, blended and distance learning solutions to meet future demand. It will have the; track record, stature, financial reserves, IT and quality skills sets that the combined Shaw Trust Board and Ixion Board’s feel will lead the Skills industry and be for the benefit of Learner & employer outcomes.”
Roy O'Shaughnessy, Chief Executive of Shaw Trust, said:
"Shaw Trust is delighted with the new joint company as it will allow greater opportunity to play a leading national role in vocational skills and apprenticeships. 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.”