Yorkshire training firm experiences 15 per cent growth 12 months

Lorna Newbould

Eden Training Solutions, leading provider of apprenticeship and professional training in Yorkshire and throughout the UK, has experienced a 15 per cent revenue increase since 2020, as the firm has adapted to provide crucial learning despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

As a result of this success, which has seen turnover exceed £3.2m in 2021, the firm, which is headquartered in Wakefield, has created 22 new jobs – largely due to the increased demand for professional qualifications, particularly in the Early Years sector.

To drive growth in the Early Years training market, Eden Training Solutions is set to implement a dramatic rebrand in early 2022. The brand identity will evolve from its previous corporate look and feel, designed to appeal to large levy paying firms, to one that complements its mission to be the number one training provider for the Early Years sector in England, whilst still appealing to a variety of other industries in which the business operates, including fitness and education.

The training company, which was founded in 2008 by Lorna Newbould, already enjoys a 20 per cent market share for supplying level 2 to 5 apprenticeship training in Yorkshire, and is now geared up to increase its foothold throughout the entire country.

The continued success of the business is primarily due to Eden’s complete delivery model overhaul in 2021. This has seen the team take a completely adaptable and blended approach that has allowed for flexible and remote learning; crucial for the many learners who have been furloughed or looking for work through redundancy.

The company has also introduced new technologies and processes to improve access to learning in a changing working landscape. This includes the introduction of the company’s new Campus system, an innovative virtual learning portal that provides access to newly developed online learning resources, learner and employer onboarding, dashboard reporting and access to live and pre-recorded webinars with their Skills Coach. It also includes access to crucial information regarding an individual’s programme of learning.

Lorna Newbould, CEO and founder at Eden Training Solutions, said: It’s been an incredibly challenging two years through COVID, however, we’ve stuck with our customers and they’ve stuck with us. Regular and open communication has been the key to this success, along with the loyalty and hard work of our amazing, 60-strong staff. The entire team has worked tirelessly to ensure our clients and learners have been able to benefit from ongoing – and crucial –  training despite the effects of the pandemic.

“We’re all excited about what 2022 is set to bring as we drive growth in the Early Years sector, alongside our other priorities. These include delivering fully funded AEB courses in Fitness, Digital, English and Maths programmes to people in Sheffield, and traineeships, which are designed for 16 to 18-year-olds who want to progress to an apprenticeship, paid employment, or further study.”

In 2022, along with the rebrand, new website and prospectus, the business footprint will be extended across the nine English regions, with significant investment in expanding its existing team of occupational competent, specialist and degree qualified skills coaches, skills teachers and skills assessors.

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