Learning Curve Group

Private equity-backed training provider Learning Curve Group has acquired Antrec from founders Andrew and Nicola Lee.

Established in 2011, Antrec delivers a range of funded and commercial adult learning courses in subjects such as construction and health and social care, as well as providing taxi driver preparation courses for the Liverpool city region.

Antrec staff will become employees of Learning Curve Group, increasing its headcount to more than 500.

Headquartered in County Durham, Learning Curve Group delivers education and training courses nationally, providing workplace training to more than 4,500 businesses and helping over 160,000 learners to gain nationally recognised qualifications annually.

Learning Curve was acquired last March by Agilitas Private Equity, a London-based mid-market buyout group, in a deal that valued the firm at more than £100 million.

Brenda McLeish, chief executive at Learning Curve Group, said: “We continue to grow as one of the UK’s biggest training providers and expand our reach into Liverpool. The acquisition supports our growth strategy and presents new, exciting opportunities to our learners and employer partners, adding to our combined breadth of provision. After such a difficult year for many sectors and with unemployment being at high point due to the impact of Covid-19, this acquisition will allow both businesses to consolidate their combined offer for the unemployed with the ultimate aim of supporting people back into work.”

Natalie Taylor, former Antrec chief executive, now employability director at Learning Curve Group, added: “I have ambitious goals to expand our current provision across the Northwest and the country and I’m confident LCG will help us achieve them. We know that our learners will be well supported as we move through this acquisition.”

Andrew and Nicola Lee stated: “We are really pleased to have found such a great home for Antrec with Learning Curve Group, who are one of the best organisations in the employability education sector.”

Last year Learning Curve Group acquired the London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy and its counterpart London Beauty Training Academy, as well as Acorn Training.

Date published: 1 March 2021

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