About Us

We are a national, not-for-profit, Ofsted 'Outstanding' training provider of skills and education

We are part of Shaw Trust, one of the largest charities in the UK.

We make it personal, putting care into developing and progressing careers benefiting individuals and workforces.

Why Choose us

Who we work with

We work in partnership, not in competition, and are part of Shaw Trust’s eco-system of purpose-led organisations striving for a fairer, more equal society, centred on opportunity for all.

  • We work with unemployed people providing skills, qualifications and training to progress them into employment
  • We work with employed people providing qualifications and training to support career progression and development
  • We work with employers to deliver bespoke skills and qualifications to develop new and current staff
  • We work with the government delivering contracts in regional communities to break down multiple barriers to employment
  • We work with partners to provide our learners with the best outcomes possible
  • We work with external organisations such as Job Centres, local charities and local businesses to ensure our learners have the opportunity for sustainable growth
  • We work with Shaw Trust to improve the opportunities and maximise the outcomes for the people we support so they can access and gain work through our programmes 

Our vision

A future where good, meaningful, rewarding, purposeful and dignified employment is accessible to all in society irrespective of life circumstances.

Our mission

To focus our experience, skills, advocacy and passion to deliver the highest quality services for the people we support and to improve opportunities and access to work now and for the long term.

Our commiment

To co-create and deliver high quality employability programmes and complementary services for people with complex needs, challenging life circumstances or other barriers that impact on access to work.

Ixion and Shaw Trust

Ixion are part of Shaw Trust, one of the largest charities in the UK and together we believe in fairness, equality and opportunity. We believe everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life and have the opportunity for rewarding work. As a social purpose organisation, we challenge inequality and break down barriers to enable social mobility. Shaw Trust has grown through a combination of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions to be the UK’s largest Not-for-Profit (NFP) social enterprise in the employment sector.

For all of us across Shaw Trust, being part of the solution is about creating the conditions for this to happen, advocating and delivering services that make a real difference. Working in partnership not competition, we are part of an eco-system of purpose-led organisations, striving for a fairer, more equal society centred on opportunity for all.

Together with the Education and Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund we bring opportunities for individuals to start work and progress their careers, and support employers with bespoke training solutions.

Our journey to success

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November, 2019

Pass MATRIX Quality Assessment

We continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our learners.

November, 2019
June, 2017

Ixion joined Shaw Trust Group

Anglia Ruskin University sold its sole ownership of Ixion to the UK Charity, Shaw Trust.

June, 2017
2017

We are Graded Outstanding by Ofsted

We achieved a Grade 1 Outstanding result at our Ofsted 2017 full inspection.

2017
2017

Best Companies ‘One to Watch’

In 2017 we yet again were awarded ‘One to Watch’ from Best Companies from the Sunday Times list with over 80% of staff responding.

2017
2017

Pass quality MATRIX assessment

We pass the Matrix Quality Assessment with great feedback.

2017
2017

Win NEA Contracts for London and the South East

in 2017 won the New Enterprise Contracts (NEA 2) for all of London and also wins the South East of England contracts too (Co-financed contracts with DWP & European Union Social Fund)

2017
2016

Venture with Shaw Trust

Ixion in 2016 does a Joint Venture with Shaw Trust to merge their Skills Divisions (STAR Skills Ltd)

2016
2016

Win DWP Contract

Ixion wins DWP employability contract and expands to Yorkshire for the first time.

2016
2016

Pass PAT

We pass the Provider Assurance Test (PAT).

The Provider Assurance Team (PAT) reviews systems of internal control that Contracted Employment Provision (CEP) providers have in place.

2016
2016

Wins Big Lottery contracts in Stoke/Staffordshire and Essex

Win Big Lottery contract to support those furthest from the job market into training, education volunteering and work.

2016

Win £30m of HMPPS (MoJ) Contracts

Ixion won £30m of HMPPS (MoJ) reducing re-offending contracts covering all of the West Midlands and also South East England & the Thames Valley.

Win DWP/Job Centre Plus Contracts

Ixion win DWP / Job Centre Plus New Enterprise Allowance (NEA 1) Contracts covering all of London

Community Work Placement sub-contract

Ixion took on a major Community Work Placement sub-contract in June 2014 across London, working for G4S (as part of DWP contracts)

August 2013

Change in legal corporate structure

In August 2013 Ixion changed its legal corporate structure that retained its Not for Profit position but in such a way that 100% of its profits are gift aided to its parent that is a Charity, Anglia Ruskin University. This allows for Ixion to now access funding and parental guarantee support for winning even larger Government contracts.

August 2013
January 2012

Prime Contractor with NHS in Cheshire

In Jan 2012 Ixion becomes a prime contractor with the NHS in Cheshire (NW England) to help with returning veterans.

January 2012
2011

Bid win in NE England and NHS Contract win

Late 2011 Ixion wins a Regional Growth Fund bid in the NE England, County Durham and Ixion also becomes preferred bidder for an NHS contract in NW England.

2011
August 2011

Win DWP/JCP New Enterprise Allowance Contracts

In August 2011 Ixion won 3 major DWP/JCP contracts for the New Enterprise Allowance across 3 contracts. One in South London, one in Essex and one in East Anglia (Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk). The focus is getting unemployed clients to help with their own business start-ups and volunteer mentoring support.

August 2011
June 2011

Win 3 major sub-contracts on DWP programme

In June 2011 Ixion won 3 major sub-contracts from primes on the DWP Single Work Programme in London East, London West and Thames Valley, Hampshire & Isle of Wight. Also we are on Primes framework as a specialist provider in the East of England, Yorks & Humber and also in NW England. Subsequently Ixion has been awarded another Single Work Programme contract with another Prime in Newbury and High Wycombe.

June 2011
2010

Joined DWP Work Programme

In 2010 Ixion succesfully got on to the DWP Work Programme framework as part of Paragon Concord Intl Ltd consoritum, with 5 other companies, Twin, Penna, Pinnacle, Acton Training College and Community Systems.

2010

Wins European Frame 7 Contract

Ixion won a substantial European Framework 7 contract for research innovation funding with a consortium of private sector companies in 2010.

April 2010

Acquired Computer Gym and renamed Ixion CG Ltd

30th April 2010 Ixion Holdings Ltd acquired the £4m p.a. organisation, Computer Gym (UK) Ltd and was re-named Ixion CG Ltd and has an enviable track track of front line delivery in the areas of Employability, Welfare to Work and Reducing Re-offending. Ixion CG Ltd operates as a seperate legal entity but will form part of the growing group of Ixion Holdings Ltd companies.

April 2010
December 2009

Win 3-year contract from EEDA

In December 2009 EEIDB Ltd then pitched for and successfully re-won the 3 year contract from EEDA of what had become a £20m tender for Business Link Services in the East of England.

Furthermore, in December 2009 EEIDB Ltd pitched for and won from EEDA for the UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) and also the Inward Investment contracts in the region that started on 1 April 2010.

December 2009
2004

In 2004, a decision was made to set up a commercially focused business division, i.e. Marketing and Events, Technologies and Environmental. As a result of this, Essex Business Support set up Ixion Business Limited (formerly The Service Brokerage Limited), to operate outside its traditional operating area in Essex. Ixion Business Limited achieved its first success in late 2004 by winning a £1.2 million, 2 year contract for Investors in People services in London, in partnership with Exemplas Limited.

Business Link for Essex Holdings Limited had been formed as the ultimate parent company of the emerging group. This company was later renamed Ixion Holdings Limited (IXION) to conform to the subsequent requirements of the BL brand changes.

2004

Why learn with us?

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We are rated as a ‘Grade 1’ Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provider of skills and education, which is the highest accolade given following an inspection from Ofsted. We care about each and every one of our learners and want to see them fulfill their potential, progress and meet their individual goals.

Our staff are highly skilled, well-qualified and experienced in what they do and are able to provide personalised solutions for individual learners and employers we work with.

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