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Babington Group Acquires Acorn Training Consultants

Press Release   •   Feb 17, 2017 16:51 GMT

Babington Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of apprenticeships and skills training is delighted to announce the acquisition of Acorn Training Consultants, who for more than 18 years have been helping people across Derbyshire and the North East unlock their potential.

The acquisition further strengthens the group’s portfolio and supports the ambitious plans for growth in the skills and training market.

Babington, which has its head office in Derby, provides apprenticeships, traineeships and skills training to learners and employers from its 12 training centres across the UK and from their employer’s premises.

Babington specialises in providing training in the fields of accounting, finance, business administration and leadership and management, together with high growth subject areas such as digital media and marketing.

Acorn Training Consultants were part of the international charity the Rehab Group, providing services focused on employment preparation. Acorn Training Consultants still support their local community, operating throughout Derbyshire and focus on supporting people of all ages.

The acquisition was led by Adrian Fantham, CFO at Babington Group, owned by RJD Partners, the UK Private Equity investor and supported by the management team.

Carole Carson, CEO, Babington Group said: “I am delighted to announce the acquisition of Acorn Training Consultants. Acorn has a fantastic reputation in the industry and fits our strategy for continued growth. Our ambition is to partner with businesses that support our growth plans and provide opportunities to expand the business in different areas and ultimately enable us to change the lives of more and more young people. Acorn Training Consultants will certainly compliment and extend our current offering; providing an enhanced portfolio to our clients”.

Acorn Training Consultants has learning centres within Derbyshire, their dedicated teams deliver a number of learning programmes for young people aged 16+ which support their progress on to further education, or in to work with learning. They deliver a range of adult learning courses, designed to help people develop and enhance their skills, find a job and progress in their career.

Acorn Training Consultants work with many employers throughout Derbyshire providing training and apprenticeship programmes for their staff.