Aspiration Training

Our purpose is improving people’s lives through education, with a vision of being a great place to work, developing future careers.
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Staff at Aspiration Training take inspiration from the positive impact their work has on people's lives. Being passionate about people is one of the core principles of the award-winning independent training provider.

"The passion we have for our work is what ignites us," says Melanie Barratt, the company's director of people and culture. "We are ambitious in all that we do to achieve results for ourselves, our learners and our employer partners. We are driven to build a happy, successful and sustainable business for our team."

The company has been rated "good" by Ofsted and its Welsh equivalent, Estyn. It supports more than 4,500 people through nationally recognised vocational qualification programmes, apprenticeships, mentoring and preparation for employment.

As well as apprenticeship programmes, Aspiration Training, delivers government-funded and commercial courses to help people unlock their talent and aid employers to improve their workforces’ skills and increase productivity.

It practises what it preaches and invests heavily in internal learning and development programmes for its own staff, giving them the opportunity to gain formal qualifications and further their careers.

It also listens to its staff through The Voice, a group of representatives from teams across the business. The Voice has been invaluable in identifying areas for improvement, supporting consultation on changes and implementing new benefits.

Aspiration Training, which has its headquarters in Nottingham and offices in Birmingham, Redditch and Cardiff, has twice been a winner of an Investors in People award, along with a range of other awards and accreditations.

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My Company

81% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

As well as being passionate about people, the company advocates purposeful two-way communication by sharing knowledge with its learners, encouraging them to support each other and providing clarity and direction. Being flexible also enables it to treat everyone as individuals and give its team, learners and employer partners the support they need.
My Manager

88% of staff agreed

My manager shares important knowledge and information with me

Managers and aspiring managers have access to the Leadership Academy, which includes mandatory and self-selection units. Modules include coaching and mentoring, performance management, wellbeing, mental health first aid (accredited), open and honest communication, leadership styles, professionalism, conflict resolution, inclusivity and diversity and absence management.
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40% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

Benefits for staff include performance- and profit-related pay, free life insurance and critical illness/personal insurance, as well as staff discounts. Hiring managers are trained in diversity and unconscious bias. The company is a Disability Confident employer, but is in the process of becoming a Disability Confident leader.
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81% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

As well as being passionate about people, the company advocates purposeful two-way communication by sharing knowledge with its learners, encouraging them to support each other and providing clarity and direction. Being flexible also enables it to treat everyone as individuals and give its team, learners and employer partners the support they need.
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88% of staff agreed

My manager shares important knowledge and information with me

Managers and aspiring managers have access to the Leadership Academy, which includes mandatory and self-selection units. Modules include coaching and mentoring, performance management, wellbeing, mental health first aid (accredited), open and honest communication, leadership styles, professionalism, conflict resolution, inclusivity and diversity and absence management.
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40% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

Benefits for staff include performance- and profit-related pay, free life insurance and critical illness/personal insurance, as well as staff discounts. Hiring managers are trained in diversity and unconscious bias. The company is a Disability Confident employer, but is in the process of becoming a Disability Confident leader.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2000
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
20% : 80%
Male : Female employee ratio
10%
Employees earning £35k+
21%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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The passion we have for our work is what ignites us. We are inspired by the positive impact our work has on people’s lives. Purposeful two-way communication enables us to work efficiently and smoothly. Sharing knowledge with our learners, supporting each other and providing clarity and direction. Flexibility helps us promote a positive work-life balance. It enables us to treat everyone as individuals and give our team, our learners and our employer partners the support they need. We are ambitious in all that we do to achieve results for ourselves, our learners and our employer partners. We are driven to build a happy, successful and sustainable business for our team.

Melanie Barratt, Director of People & Culture - Aspiration Training

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