Ixion Holdings

Ixion is a not-for-profit group of companies that is a wholly owned part of Anglia Ruskin University. It has delivered Government-funded provision across England since 1995.

One hundred percent of Ixion’s profits are gift-aided to Anglia Ruskin University, a charity under the Education Act.

Ixion has five divisions: Skills, Employment, Justice, Enterprise and Innovation, and Research. In the 2015/16 academic financial year it had a £17 million pound turnover, an increase of around £5 million from 2009/10.

Ixion is received an Ofsted 'Good' rating with Outstanding features in November 2015. It also gained the Matrix quality award in 2014, the Merlin accreditation in December 2015 and is again the Best Companies 2016 staff survey employer of choice as 'One to watch'.

What does Ixion do?

Ixion helps individuals transform their lives. It also helps businesses achieve growth using workforce skills development.

Through this, Ixion helps the unemployed and employed, offenders, veterans and all types of individuals acquire new skills, get jobs, gain confidence and give business start-ups the know-how to get going, sustain and grow. Its services enable sustained personal, business and community growth. 

Ixion supports high-growth organisations and research institutions across Europe: allowing them to innovate and access EU funding (Horizon 2020).

Along with partners in the health, construction, education and private sectors, as well as across central and local Government, Ixions strives to deliver outstanding outcomes.

Areas of expertise

Skills and apprenticeships/traineeships

Ixion has a passion for life-long-learning, with support for its learners from start to finish. Its adult training, traineeships and apprenticeships are delivered to the highest standards in a variety of industries. They also support 16-18 year olds for apprenticeships and traineeships. They use the latest technologies and their accredited courses are delivered using Anglia Ruskin's virtual learning environment. They access Skills Funding Agency budgets for the benefit of the learners and businesses alike. Ixion was the fourth largest 24+ student loans training provider including further education colleges in 2015/16, with a £5 million allocation for 2015/16.

Enterprise and start-up

If someone is on Jobseekers' Allowance in London and wants to start a business, they’re sign posted to Ixion. Ixions holds the New Enterprise Allowance contracts as the prime contractor for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) across the whole of London. Ixion has helped over 10,000 businesses start-up since June 2011. It's helped even more people develop their skills in work. Ixion has extensive experience from previous contracts such as Business Link and UKTI inward investment and exporting for the East of England. Ixion ran the popular The Business Factory start-up help programme for North Tyneside Council.

Employment and justice

Ixion is a prime contractor for the Department of Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Justice. Ixion is committed to helping unemployed people get and sustain in jobs. Plus the improving the social inclusion of ex-offenders, improving their lives to help reduce re-offending. They achieve this as a prime contractor for the National Offender Management Service in the West Midlands and South East of England/Thames Valley. They also operate sub contracts for the Department of Work and Pensions such as the Work Programme and the Community Work Placement Programme in London.

Innovation and consultancy

Its consultancy team works closely with Anglia Ruskin University to help businesses access European Union innovation funding by pulling together a consortium of like-minded research and innovation organisations across the UK & mainland Europe. Ixion helps businesses access the €80 billion European Union research and innovation fund called Horizon 2020. Ixion builds the consortia of research and innovation organisations and institutions to come together to bid for and win as a consortia for life changing innovations.

Ixion College

Using its experience as a face to face training provider, Ixion made the move online, launching Ixion College in December 2015. The site specialises in distance learning using Anglia Ruksin's virtual learning environment. Ixion College uses the opportunity of being the fourth largest provider in England for training, using Ixion’s 24+ student loan allocation of £5m in 2015/16 to support learners.

The site offers industry standard qualifications that help learners achieve their goals, getting a promotion or furthering their career through QCF courses or getting into university through Access to Higher Education courses.