IT training company Parity is expanding its local presence by sharing training centres with non-competing training providers.
The company's local strategy will open up access to a wider range of courses through partnerships with 20 training providers under the umbrella of the Parity First Class Alliance programme.
Managing director Barbara Greenway explained that the move would allow customers to reduce travel expenses and spend more of their training budgets on training itself.
"On average, up to 40 per cent of training budgets are spent on delegates travelling to courses," she said.
"It's about expanding our footprint. We've won some significant contracts with companies in recent months and having a local presence is key."
The company currently has nine training centres around the country. The new programme means that Parity will work with existing partners including TTL in Edinburgh, Training Ecademy in London, CES in Chester and Glasgow, Horizon MTS in Dublin, and Netconnect in Cambridge.
In all, Parity offers courses at 28 locations around the UK.
The alliances will also extend the range of courses and subject areas to include soft skills such as team working, management skills and business professional skills.
Market conditions and ongoing economic woes mean that companies want more for less, according to Greenway.
She admitted that Parity had been forced to offer discounts, but only on the basis of large volumes. "For standard courses, prices have been discounted by up to 50 per cent," she said.
But demand for project management training is booming, alongside .Net and C# courses, which Greenway said is bucking a trend for Microsoft technical courses.
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