28 September 2020

Acacia Training turns 20

Today is our 20th birthday and as we celebrate training 35,000 learners since we began, we’ve been looking back at how Acacia Training has grown over the last two decades.

Our founders, Vikki Sylvester and her mum Anne Littleton, started Acacia in September 2000. As a registered nurse and the owner of a care home, Vikki was frustrated at the lack of high quality training to meet their needs – so they decided to start their own training company, specialising in health and social care.

From humble beginnings, Acacia Training has grown from two founding members to 80 staff, training 3,500 people a year in health, social care, early years, beauty, dental nursing, business and management. We’ve worked with over 7,000 employers.

In 2017, we merged with a PLC, now known as MBH Corporation, and two years later Victoria was voted on to MBH’s Board as an Executive Director.

Vikki also won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Sentinel Business Awards in July. She says: “Mum and I both worked in the care sector and experienced the struggle to recruit and retain quality care staff. We wanted to improve access to high-quality training, so we decided to set up our own company. I never imagined that 20 years later we’d be training more than 3,500 learners across a range of sectors each year.”

She adds: “Despite our expansion, we’ve still maintained that family feel and remain passionate about supporting our employees and learners and ensuring that people gain the skills they need to thrive in their chosen career.”

Acacia Training was one of the first organisations in the UK to gain ‘disability confident leader’ status and we were awarded silver status by HealthWorks Stoke-on-Trent, which recognises organisations that promote and support workplace health and wellbeing.

Vikki explains: “As a company, social responsibility is extremely important to us. We also support forces veterans through our work with local charities and signing the armed forces covenant to ensure we are able to support those leaving the army, navy and RAF. More recently we joined the B1G1 initiative, which encourages our whole team to nominate global causes, and I use my own salary to donate funds to that cause.”

Vikki adds: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all our staff, clients and learners, partners and suppliers who have been a part of this 20-year journey. We are more passionate than ever about our commitment to supporting people into jobs and apprenticeships through skills, knowledge and education.”

Acacia Training offers a range of career packages and courses across a number of sectors. Find your perfect course here.

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Acacia Training helps Katrina find dental nurse dream job in just two days

Katrina Halstead wasn’t sure if she could switch from sales to dental nursing, but thanks to Acacia Training she found her dream job in just two days.

The 26-year-old sales advisor wanted a career that meant she could be proactive and use her customer service skills in a medical environment.

Katrina is now training at a clinic with the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing after discovering the ideal dentistry course on Acacia’s new website. She said: “Acacia found me a job within two days and has been really supportive and helpful. I’m so happy and they have changed my life – I never thought I would get out of retail but now I’m about to be a qualified dental nurse.”

Katrina was really impressed by the service she received and the fact that Acacia was able to find her a position so quickly.

“I would recommend Acacia because they were very fast at finding me a job and they’re really supportive,” she said. “They have the best service and are great at encouraging those who may not have faith in themselves. I never thought I would be able to leave my job with no experience in dentistry, but they found me an employer who was willing to take me on right there and then.

“Acacia Training is professional and supportive, and they give you advice about interviews and exactly what the employer is looking for. They make sure the employer is right for you and you are right for the employer before they give you the job. I would highly recommend them – I’ve never been accepted in a job role so quickly.”

By studying the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing, Katrina will learn about dental anatomy, promoting oral health, dental radiography, support during extraction, infection control, regulatory requirements and everything else she needs to start her new career.

You can find out more about Acacia’s courses by heading to https://www.acaciatraining.co.uk/ and clicking ‘courses’. To find your dream job, just call 01782 646346 or email sales@acaciatraining.co.uk.

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Lincoln College Partnership Success

Acacia Training have been working in partnership with Lincoln College to deliver student success! Alex Evans has been working hard on her QCF Level 3 qualification in Health & Social Care and is currently 90% the way to achieving her qualification.

Alex has a background in Health & Social Care having worked in complex care, residential care, learning disabilities and home care. However, to progress her career in the avenue that she wishes to go down she knew that a qualification is what she needed to get herself there.

Alex stated “I am delighted I chose to study with Lincoln College and Acacia Training and am excited to see the possibilities it is going to provide for my career.”

Her decision has required her to be self-motivated and to push herself to complete but with the end of the Level 3 in sight we are sure she is going to reap the rewards of her hard work!

We wish Alex all the best!

 

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