Liverpool council leader Cllr Joe Anderson has officially opened a new training centre aimed at boosting retail jobs in the city. Academy One, in Hanover Street, is a retail training venture between the city’s Liverpool One shopping centre, the National Skills Academy for Retail and Birkenhead training provider Scientiam, which has invested more than £170,000 in creating the centre.

The PC Support Group (Warrington) worked with Scientiam to define the required IT infrastructure and were responsible for the supply and installation of infrastucture. They are also providing ongoing support to ensure the training centre continues to operate effectively.

Holly Tonge, Operations Manager at Scientium said “We have been working with The PC Support Group for about 2 ½ years now. We have gone from utilising their services at one site to 4 in this time. During this time they have been reliable, helpful, efficient and professional.”

The Academy has already helped more than 50 long-term unemployed Merseysiders into work. It offers state- of-the-art training and conference facilities, including a mock shop, and will be the sole point of delivery of the Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas Masterclasses aimed at independent retailers.

Cllr Anderson praised the centre’s input into improving skills and training.