What is the EDGE?

The EDGE is a European Social Funded (ESF) training opportunity with a focus on supporting workforce development within Cumbrian SME’s. There is a strong focus on support to recruit apprentices and find training opportunities via an impartial brokerage service. The programme is being delivered by a range of partners committed to developing skills in the workforce.


The EDGE programme has been commissioned to deliver a responsive skills programme that is tailored to the needs of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area in order to stimulate a growth in the skills base for businesses, growing the economy and creating better jobs. It is also looking to provide:

  • Opportunities to develop skills that will enable progression in employment.
  • Workforce development for SME’s affected by staff attrition to major infrastructure schemes.
  • Delivery of generic leadership, management and project management skills.
  • Delivery at all levels and targeted, but not restricted to LEP priority sectors.
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Working with the University of Cumbria

As a provider and partner in the EDGE programme, the University of Cumbria can assist with a Training Needs Assessment or directly provide higher-level learning through our delivery of ILM accredited courses. Eligibility and financial support for training is subject to completion of appropriate paperwork by the employer and completion of an Individual Learning Plan by each employee.

Get in touch

To discuss how you can benefit from The Edge Skills Support, contact Kathy Woods.

Phone: 01228 888740
Email: kathy.woods@cumbria.ac.uk 

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