Double win for training and apprenticeship specialist
Educ8 Group has been named as the best small company in Wales to work for on the same night its CEO won the Leader of the Year award. The double gong came at the annual Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For Awards.
Founded in 2004 by Chairman Colin Tucker, the business is headquartered in Ystrad Mynach and has operations across Wales and England, with the ambitious company acquiring Bridgend-based ISA Training as recently as January.
Educ8 topped the Welsh contingent in the Best Small Business To Work For category, coming 6th overall across the UK; the fifth year the business has been named in the top 100. Its CEO Grant Santos picked up the Leader of the Year award for small businesses, too, making it a double celebration.
Speaking of the company award, Chairman Colin Tucker said: “To say that I am incredibly proud of our business and our people is a huge understatement. I am bursting with pride at what we have achieved and I would like to thank everyone at Educ8 who works so hard to make this a great place to work.
To be ranked this highly among the UK’s very best employers is great validation for the work we do to ensure our staff are happy, engaged and motivated. We’re nothing without our people and their satisfaction means better results for our learners and their employers. We will continue to ensure our people are valued, listened to and shown the appreciation they thoroughly deserve.”
Speaking of his personal award, CEO Mr Santos said: “I really am humbled at the Leader of the Year award, I certainly wasn’t expecting that! As nice as a personal award is, it really could not have been achieved without the support from my co-directors, managers and all the people within Educ8 who have supported my leadership. It really was a night that I will never forget.”
Educ8 is on track to turnover £9m this financial year and it currently employs 185 staff across England and Wales.
Educ8 offers employers a series of interlinked opportunities such as Jobs Growth Wales and Apprenticeships Programmes as well as providing a seamless solution to staff recruitment and development requirements across many organisations.