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Achieve Training celebrates a milestone anniversary in 2022, marking 40 years of supporting young people in North Staffordshire.

The Stoke-on-Trent business is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the region, having supported thousands of young people into careers since it first launched in 1982.

Originally set up by Sean Canavan, Kathleen Miller and Alan Salt, the business started as Project Management Training in 1982, and later renamed to PM Training when it joined the Aspire Housing family in 2008.

Last year, a major rebrand saw the business emerge as Achieve Training, announcing a revitalised business strategy and service offer, and creating a launchpad for quality and inspirational training for young people and businesses in Staffordshire.

Sean’s son, Dan Canavan, took over as Executive Director of Achieve Training in 2020. Dan said: “It’s amazing to think that Achieve Training is still going strong after 40 years, and still helping so many young people in our area.

“My dad, Kathleen and Alan started Project Management Training as a pioneering new business model. They brought a German style of learning to North Staffordshire, which focused on providing young people with work experience opportunities whilst learning new skills and gaining Maths and English qualifications. The aspect of combining construction skills with traditionally academic skills was unheard of at the time.

“Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength. We really brought the focus back to our communities when we joined Aspire in 2008, turning our training business into a social enterprise, that not just built careers and helped local employers to grow, but ensured we gave back to the area we love.

“Now, we’re a year into our Achieve Training transformation, and we’re seeing exciting new pathways of learning opening up. We’re expanding into new training sectors, such as Digital Skills, and we’re seeing fantastic results from the innovative young learners who come through our doors.

“We’re delighted to have come this far, and here’s to another 40 years of Achieve Training.”

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