12th July 2023 – Connexin, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Hull has acquired Encompass Training, one of UK’s largest training providers, as it continues its ambition to upskill the nation’s workforce.
The acquisition will see Encompass Training merge with Connexin Academy – Connexin’s training and development arm, as 30 additional staff join the team to accelerate employment opportunities for over 600 learners each year.
Connexin Academy was launched in 2021, with the aim to boost digital skills and enhance employability for the community. The Academy offers a range of sought-after development programmes on digital and IT skills, alongside popular bootcamps in advanced fibre engineering.
Founded in 2009, Encompass is a Centre of Excellence with The Leadership Pipeline Institute (LPI) which has emerged as one of the most influential leadership models in recent years. Several FORTUNE 500 companies, including Wren Kitchens, Stonegate Group, Eurocell and Diageo, have all chosen Encompass and LPI as the leadership model for selecting and growing leaders across all levels.
Since launch, Encompass has provided a range of courses including leadership, management, accountancy, business and procurement, to thousands of learners, equipping them with vital skills, and enhancing their employability for a diverse range of sectors.
Adam Rhodes, Director of Commercial Operations at Encompass said:
“At Encompass, we are immensely proud of our achievements so far, in training thousands of learners and working with some of the biggest companies in the region. Encompass and Connexin share their roots in the city of Hull and our equally strong commitment in upskilling the country’s workforce.
“Digital skills are absolutely vital in today’s economy and keep our businesses thriving. Uniting with the Connexin Academy is the next big step of many more to come.”
Encompass’ legal advice was provided by a multi-disciplinary team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, led by corporate partner, Philip Ashworth, who was supported by Nicole Waldron (corporate), Fiona Phillips (tax) and Nick Wilson (employment). Philip said:
“We are delighted to have advised the shareholders and board at Encompass on this complex transaction and we have every confidence that the business has a bright future ahead as part of Connexin.”
Heidi Greaves, Managing Director of Connexin Academy said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Encompass and its brilliant team will become part of the Connexin family. Encompass is a fantastic business and one that has received a number of great accolades. Connexin Academy shares the same values as Encompass for transforming lives through learning. This alignment in ethos and culture will bring huge benefits, not just to learners, but to employers across the region.
Through this acquisition, we’re able to expand our offering with a range of extra courses, bootcamps and apprenticeships. We are thrilled to further cement our position as a leading digital skills and training provider.”
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