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Pitman Training Franchise

Est 185 years ago, Pitman leads the way in adult vocational learning. Have a training centre up and running in just 3 months. No teaching required. Multiple income streams. Scalable management opportunity.

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At a Glance

Established: Est 185 years ago; started franchising 30 years ago.

UK Presence: Around 85 Pitman Training Franchisees in the UK, Ireland and worldwide

Average start up cost: £100,000

Min personal contribution: £40,000

Development type: We look for both single unit operators and multi-unit management franchise partners.

Franchise Membership: bfa Established

Franchise Info

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For the past 185 years, Pitman Training has enjoyed an unrivalled reputation as an elite training provider and with centres offering over 250 courses, it is clear to see why our franchise network is growing at such an extraordinary rate.

Since Sir Isaac Pitman created Pitman Shorthand, we have become synonymous with high-quality, modern training courses and diplomas across a variety of subjects. As a business, Pitman has become an education-technology specialist focused on helping people find work or achieve greater success in their careers.

Pitman’s course completion rate is five times higher than other higher education businesses in the sector, making us the go-to choice for adult learners.

“Joining Pitman was the perfect opportunity for me to help improve people’s career prospects, gain promotions or help them get back into work. One thing I’ve found about being a franchise partner with Pitman is that you’re in business for yourself but not by yourself. There’s a level of comfort that you get because other people are involved in the same project, it’s a real team effort.”
Chris Wyle, multi-unit franchise partner

The Pitman Training Franchise Opportunity

Pitman Training is offering a scalable, multi-unit management opportunity to the right partners. 

You don’t need “teaching” or “training” experience as your Centre Manager and Learning Coaches facilitate the delivery of the multi-modal learning courses.  This allows you to focus on developing your Adult Education Centre business and making vital connections in the community.

Pitman offers franchisees multiple income streams – train private customers, public sector and corporate clients and host external exams.

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Why choose a Pitman Training Franchise

  • A brand leader in in our marketplace
  • Voted the UK’s top Adult Education Franchise
  • Opportunity for impressive financial returns and recurring income streams
  • Proven business model - around 85 Pitman Training Franchisees in the UK, Ireland and worldwide
  • Opportunity to build a multi-unit empire
  • Over 150 years of business and franchise expertise at your disposal
  • Unique offer – flexible, in tune with today’s needs
  • Growing market – IT is fast-moving, creating continuous demand
  • Multi-sector / income streams – private consumers, business and public sector
  • Sophisticated business management systems and marketing support
  • Consistently recognised as one of the UK’s Business Superbrands™
  • Training delivered via their market leading combination of audio, workbooks and live software
  • You don’t need to do the teaching. Pitman do it for you.
  • Wraparound support throughout your franchise lifecycle

Our training and support

Training is at the very core of our business, so the support and training Pitman offer you plays a crucial part from the very beginning of your franchising journey and throughout your time with us.

At the start of your franchising journey, Pitman will provide one-week of dedicated training at our head office with contributions from each department in the business, plus time in one of our corporately owned centres.

You will then get on-the-job training within your premises and world-class training on our virtual learning environment - Pitman Campus. During this training, you will learn the Pitman Way - a focal point for ongoing training.

You are also given support in all areas of the business from operations through to sales. You also have unlimited access to our portfolio of hundreds of training programmes to boost your skills whether that be in bookkeeping, digital marketing or communication/sales skills.

“I’ve been able to help far more people than I ever could’ve dreamed of when I was working freelance. Head office provides us with sophisticated business management systems and marketing support. They’re also always looking to develop the products we use to make sure there are various innovative ways for students to learn.”
Joy Renshaw, Pitman Training Brighton

Ideal partner profile


The Pitman franchise is well suited to those with middle management experience that possess good sales and marketing ability combined with a sound knowledge of computer literacy. 

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Success Stories

Success Story
Multi-unit franchise partner keeps family time a priority

Throughout his career, Chris Wyle has always had a passion for helping people unlock their full potential. From delivering presentation skills training to becoming a six-territory franchise partner with Pitman Training, Chris’s passion for training and development is evident.

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Success Story
Pitman’s franchise partner on the front line of delivering education excellence for 21 years

Going into her fifth term as a franchise partner with Pitman Training, Paula Elliott has certainly proved she has what it takes to make it in the world of franchising. A former member of Her Majesty’s Forces, Paula’s previous role as a Special Intelligence Operator instilled an unrivalled work ethic, attention to detail and ability to communicate with people from all walks of life – making her the ideal franchise partner. Equipped with this incredible skill set and the support of the Pitman head office team, Paula has helped administrators, executives and business professionals alike achieve their career goals for the past 21 years

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Success Story
Interview with award-winning multi-unit Pitman Training Franchisee

Throughout his career, Chris Wyle has always had a passion for helping people unlock their full potential. From delivering presentation skills training to becoming a six-territory franchise partner with Pitman Training, Chris’s passion for training and development is evident. Now an established franchisee, Chris’s next goal is to expand his Pitman portfolio to 10 training centres and broaden the spectrum of training and education solutions he can offer.

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New Head of Development and India agreement signed for Pitman Training

Pitman Training is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Smith as their new Head of Development. Thanks to a career spanning over 25 years in the adult education and franchising sectors, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team as they continue to expand the franchise across the UK, Ireland and overseas.

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Three top tips to achieve multi-unit ownership from those in the know

Multi-unit ownership involves owning and operating multiple franchise locations – whether with one franchise brand or several. With data showing that around 97% of franchisees have reported turning a profit for more than 20 years consecutively*, becoming a franchisee is an attractive prospect. We hear from three franchisees, at different stages in their multi-unit ownership journey. They share their tips for multi-unit ownership, for anyone considering their first steps in franchising or those looking to expand their current business portfolio.

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Pitman Training celebrates 185 years of delivering distinction

Pitman Training has marked its 185th anniversary in style with its annual global franchise conference. Attended by franchisees and key suppliers alike, the event created a valuable opportunity to celebrate the brand’s growth, welcome new franchise partners and motivate attendees to take their businesses to the next level. 

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The UK's leading training provider launches new location in Newcastle

Are you ready to transform your career and change your life? Pitman Training, the UK’s best-recognised training provider for over 185 years, is excited to announce the official launch of its newest centre in Newcastle on 17th April! Located in Collingwood Street, this state-of-the-art facility is geared towards helping locals unlock their full potential and achieve their career goals.

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Pitman Training selected by Amazon as an Education Partner for Career Choice Program

Pitman Training will provide Amazon hourly employees access to 13 flexible training courses. This month, Pitman Training announced they have been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon employees access to 13 flexible training courses, which they can start at any time, to ensure they fit training in around their lifestyle.

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