Pitman Training Group

Pitman Training

Pitman Training is an established vocational training provider with a proud heritage of providing high quality, innovative learning products. Established in 1837 by Sir Isaac Pitman, internationally renowned for the creation of Pitman Shorthand, the business is prominent historically for the significant success of its secretarial training schools. As a trailblazer in the world of office training and education in the past, the company has embraced recent technological advances within the workplace and continues to provide training courses and diplomas of distinction delivered using their own unique methods.

The company opened its flagship franchised Pitman Training Centre in 1992, with the network growing to circa 100 Pitman Training Centres globally to date. At the helm of Pitman Training is mum of two, Managing Director, Claire Lister. Following her graduation from York University with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Chemistry with Industrial Economics, Claire decided to follow in her father’s footsteps with a career in accountancy. Joining Pitman Training in 1998 as Finance Director, ambitious Claire became MD in 2006.

Claire Lister says “It is fantastic to see so many women starting their own businesses with Pitman. We have a wide range of female franchisees, who bring a whole host of valuable skills.  For me the key factor for any business leader is an agile commercial mind, coupled with a genuine ability to engage and empathise with our audience, and the women in our network score 10/10 for these skills.

The franchise model provides all of our network with a trusted brand and products and business support, intensive at launch, and at an ongoing level once the business is launched.  Thus our franchisees are never completely on their own, and can choose to operate their business in a way which suits their lifestyles”.

Franchise Sales Manager for Pitman Training in the United Kingdom, Nicola Haythorne, recognises there has been a significant increase in the amount of women becoming involved in franchising at a senior operational level in recent times. “It is always great to meet new people at the British Franchise Association Regional Meetings and Annual Conference, and it has become increasingly apparent that more women are choosing to follow careers in the franchise industry. It is something I am proud to be part of and feel supported in doing”. Nicola herself has recently been appointed QFP status, an accolade which recognises those in the franchising world with an astute proficiency and understanding of the complexities of the franchise model.

Pitman Training provide a wide range of vocational training courses applicable across all industries  in areas including accounting, web design, marketing, management, administration, project development, social media and many more. They are currently seeking proactive, proven business minded individuals or businesses to become franchisees within their extensive network both in the UK and globally.

Please contact the Franchise Sales Team on 01937 519551 or email franchising@pitman-training.com.