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The Edge in Cumbria - Funded Courses for Employers

The Edge is a Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership project offering funded training to businesses and their employees so they can secure the skills they need for business growth. Newton Rigg College has teamed up with the Edge funding organisation to deliver courses.



The Edge

The Edge is a partnership of Cumbrian training providers that work together to deliver ESF skills contracts for the benefit of Cumbrian businesses and their workforce. Newton Rigg College, part of Askham Bryan College, is an approved delivery partner and, along with the partnership, are currently delivering the Skills Support for the Workforce contract in Cumbria which has funding available until July 2021.    

Carlisle College is the accountable body for the contract which is funded by the European Social Fund, co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and supported by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

What’s available?

• Funded training opportunities for Cumbria SMEs and their employees to support business growth and support the achievement of higher level skills.
• Support for businesses undergoing industrial restructure with funded training and employability support for staff at risk of redundancy.


• Eligible businesses must have a base in Cumbria and employ less than 250 employees. Those who are self-employed are also eligible for support.
• Employees must be aged over 16 years of age and be a resident in the UK.

Support is available for the following sectors:

• Construction
• Visitor Economy
• Nuclear
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Rural Economy
• Health & Social Care
• Professional Services
• Creative & Cultural
• Logistics

To discuss eligibility for the Advanced Dairy ManagementRHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture, Dementia Awareness, City and Guilds Level 1 for IT Users or City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Floristry courses available through this opportunity please contact

Part Time, Short Courses and Skills Training

If you are looking for short courses including pesticides, ATVs, Dry Stone Walling, First Aid and chainsaws, please visit our Online Store

Get in Touch

For more information or a quick chat to find our what this could mean for your business contact a member of the Employer Engagement Team on 01768 893400 who will be happy to to talk about how they can help.  Alternatively email  for further information.

If you want to find out more about The Edge please visit

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400