ACHIEVEMENT TRAINING LIMITED score 96.8 % in FE choices learner satisfaction survey 2019!

We are very proud to be in the TOP spot – well done to all our teaching staff who are actively transforming lives.

Achievement Training Limited is a private training organisation located in the city centre and offering a wide range of flexible educational and vocational training courses to young people and adults since 1996. The Head Office is based in Norwich Union House with additional training rooms in the Lloyds Bank Building in the city centre.

ATL currently employs around 100 staff, all of whom support learners and customers in a wide variety of ways. We hold enhanced MATRIX accreditation for both internal and external Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and are Disability Confident employers.

The company is a full member of the Devon Cornwall & Plymouth Training Providers Network that acts as a forum for local training providers and have formed good relationships with a wide range of other external organisations, including our parent company, City College Plymouth. These partnership arrangements are extremely useful and enable ATL to provide a service to employers and learners which go beyond just training.

Context and Delivery

ATL offers a wide range of flexible educational and vocational training courses to young people and adults, many of whom have significant personal and/or educational barriers which would potentially adversely affect their attendance, retention and achievement. Our primary catchment area of the Plymouth Travel to Work area (PTTWA)  includes some of the country’s highest deprivation areas and includes a high demand for  basic skills needs.

ATL’s excellent reputation with local employers and employment services is a key factor in our delivery of employability. We have provided Apprenticeships since 2001 and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering training that supports real progression in employment.

Our friendly and supportive staff cover a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Animal Care and Management;
  • Beauty, Hairdressing and Nails;
  • Business Administration, Customer Services, Management & Team Leading;
  • Child Care, Early Years Education and Playwork;
  • Education & Training and Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools;
  • Employability and Progression into Work;
  • Functional Skills and GSCEs in English and Maths;
  • Health & Social Care
  • IT skills for Users and Professionals

ATL has a central location making it accessible to everyone.  With classroom, workbased and flexible delivery we provide a smaller learning environment where learners flourish and achieve their goals.

Our unique and established learner support approach has a direct impact on helping learners to overcome barriers and challenges to achieve their full potential in life and in employment.

ATLs culture of learner-centred provision ensures a holistic approach to personal development, well-being, career guidance and pastoral care throughout the learning journey.


Both learners and employers regularly give positive feedback. In 2017, 96% of employers and 97% of learners would recommend ATL to others.

ATL learners recognise how our training develops employability skills. 99% feel their job skills have been improved. Learners enjoy training here, with 98.3% appreciating the way targets for progress and achievement are set and the support they receive throughout their training.

95% of learners give high praise to ATL’s support, advice and guidance services, recognising a growth in their self-confidence and understanding of their rights and responsibilities.

This was validated in February 2017 when ATL gained full re-accreditation in the MATRIX standard, which recognised that our pastoral care and careers guidance have a positive impact on learners’ ambitions, achievement and progression.

ATL also works closely with JobCentre Plus and holds the ‘Disability Confident’ standard. In 2015-16, almost 40% of our learners declared a learning difficulty or disability and 82% of these learners were successfully supported to achieve their qualifications.

Ofsted Report 2020

Ofsted Report 2016

Ofsted Report 2011