Pitman Training, one of the leading providers of office and IT based skills training in Britain, has announced a number of new offices to be opened as part of their on "“ going strategy to meet skills shortages around the country.

New training centres are being opened at Dumfries, London Bridge, Bishops Stortford and Greenwich, with each centre being expanded to meet the specific skills demands of their area. Working in conjunction with stakeholders such as recruitment centres and employment agencies, and with participants expected to range across the spectrum, it is hoped that this expansion will serve to move the skills development in the right direction.

The Expansion in Greenwich and Dumfries

The Centre in Greenwich will be aiming to address the local skills gap in the secretarial market and to assist in the training of the areas private and corporate market. The centre manager Christina Samachetty said: "I have high hopes that our new centre in Greenwich will succeed in helping both individuals and local businesses achieve their training goals." She went on to comment on the requirements of the area, stating: "Everywhere you look, whether it's in a recruiter's window or the local paper, businesses throughout the area are calling out for people with good secretarial qualifications."

Tricia Hunter and Rosemary Slack are the managers of the new centre in Dumfries, which will target assisting locals gain new skills to meet the demand highlighted by employers in the area. With their experience as recruitment consultants and in training in the area, they know only too well of the skills shortage and the demand for better training. Tricia Hunter commented: "Businesses throughout Dumfries and Galloway are experiencing a significant skills gap."

There is often a fear on the part of employers that providing better training for employees will only help them to leave the company, and this is a fear that Rosemary Slack feels she and the centre can allay. "We see lots of scope for businesses in terms of the recruitment, and more importantly, the retention of their workers," said Rosemary. "All too often businesses make the assumption that, by training their workers, they are simply equipping them with the skills they need to move to better jobs. But this couldn"t be further from the truth."

London Bridge and Bishops Storford

The other new centres are at London Bridge and in Bishops Stortford. The first of these has been working closely with local employment agency, Work Direction, presenting the benefits of gaining new skills to those people attempting to return to the workforce. London Bridge station serves over 42 million people every year, and amongst the courses on offer are diplomas, finance courses, secretarial (including medical) and PA courses. In an attempt to meet the demand of certain sectors that might not ordinarily be able to afford access to training programmes, discounts are also available to NHS workers, those in the Armed Forces, 16-24 year olds, the 50 + age group and lone parents.

With the largest local employer to Bishops Stortford's new centre being Stansted Airport, David Amos, the centre manager, hopes the new centre will encourage school leavers and those returning to the workforce to gain the skills they need to increase their competitiveness as candidates for the multitude of administrative roles at the airport. To that end, the courses that the centre will focus on will be Microsoft Office and Sage accounting training courses as well as secretarial and business diplomas.

Jethro Marsh

Where next for Pitman? Tell us in the FE Blog


Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page