Achievement Training Limited (ATL) is a private training organisation incorporated in July 1996 and acquired by City College Plymouth in October 2009. 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 just over 100 staff, all of whom support learners and customers in a wide variety of ways. We hold the Investors in Careers and Customer First Awards and are an Investor in Education Business Partner. We also have enhanced MATRIX accreditation for both internal and external Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and hold the Positive about Disabled Badge, a Clean Air Award and a Business in the Community Recognising Racial Diversity Award.

The company is a full member of the Devon Cornwall & Plymouth Training Providers Network that acts as a forum for local training providers. We are also a member of ACTAN and have formed good relationships with other external organisations. 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 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 skills to unemployed clients referred by the Job Centre. Much of our work is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund, but we also work in partnership with City College Plymouth, the Plymouth Learning Trust and other providers. 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:
red-tickAnimal Care and Management;
red-tickBeauty, Hairdressing and Nails;
red-tickBusiness Administration, Customer Services, Management, Retail & Team Leading;
red-tickChild Care, Early Years Education and Playwork;
red-tickEducation & Training and Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools;
red-tickEmployability and Progression into Work;
red-tickFunctional Skills and GSCEs in English and Maths;
red-tickHealth & Social Care;
red-tickIT skills for Users and Professionals.


In 2015, ATL learners identified that our programmes assisted them to develop their skills for employability, with 97.3% agreeing that their job skills have been improved. Learners enjoy coming to ATL, with over 98% reporting satisfaction with how they are related to by staff, the quality of teaching and support given and tutors’ understanding of their individual learning styles. 98.8% would recommend ATL to friends. Additional comments praise the support and guidance on offer from ATL’s friendly, helpful and understanding team for both educational development and pastoral care throughout the learning journey.

104 employers engaged in formal feedback in 2015, with ‘good or better’ outcomes of over 84% in all categories. In particular, employers praised the professionalism of staff and the benefits of the training to the organisation, with 91.35% happy to recommend ATLs provision to others.