Little over five months in and 2019 has been a monumental year already for Educ8 Group.
Along with the firm celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Ystrad Mynach-headquartered business has been named as the Best Small Company in Wales to work for at the annual Sunday Times Best Companies Awards, as well as acquiring a competitor and nearly doubling its staff numbers in the process.
Founded in 2004 by chairman Colin Tucker, the business 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 sixth 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 on the evening.
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 achieve a ranking this highly among the UK’s very best employers, especially during our 15th-anniversary celebrations, 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.”
CEO Grant Santos said: “2019 has been a year never to forget and we’ve not even reached the halfway point! The business is certainly heading in the right direction but it’s what the awards stand for that I am most proud of. It is our aim for Educ8 to be a truly excellent place to work. We want our people to enjoy what they do as much as we do.
“In this day in age, it is more important than ever to create a working environment which looks after its most important assets; its people.”
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 Apprenticeship Programmes as well as providing a seamless solution to staff recruitment and development requirements across many organisations.