Caerphilly company expands into England

Jude Holloway - Operations Director at Educ8

Jude Holloway – Operations Director at Educ8

Caerphilly based company, Educ8 Training is kicking off the new year with an expansion into England after acquiring Haddon Training based in Berkshire.


Last year the company was awarded No.1 Best Mid-sized Company to Work For in the UK. Educ8 offers apprenticeships and training in the workplace across a range of sectors, from leadership and management, digital marketing and childcare, to hair, beauty and health and social care.


Since Educ8 was founded in 2004 by Colin Tucker, the group has seen significant growth across South Wales and now employs over 180 staff. Educ8 partners with Welsh organisations, including PACEY Cymru and Early Years Wales, to deliver education and training across the country.


Colin Tucker, Educ8 Training Founder and Chairman said:

“We are proud to be a Welsh enterprise and help Welsh businesses upskill their workforce by providing quality educational and growth opportunities to both employers and learners. Through this development with Haddon Training, we are thrilled to take our training opportunities into England.”


The training group has an unrivalled track record of delivering high quality vocational programmes, including Kickstart and ReAct, working with employers of all sizes.


The acquisition of Haddon Training sees Educ8 not only expand its footprint in the UK, but also its range of training; with Haddon specialising in the equine sector, delivering apprenticeships in animal care, zookeeping and business. Haddon will continue to operate as a separate entity but as part of the Educ8 Group.


Grant Santos, CEO of Educ8 Training said:

“Haddon is a prestigious and well-respected training provider. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to take the business forward as part of our group. We are very excited about the future at Educ8. Our ambition is to invest in the infrastructure and resources of Haddon and grow the business over the next five years.”


The deal sees Educ8 Training complete its third acquisition in the last few years, following the purchase of NTS in 2015 and ISA Training in 2018. It will result in the group’s turnover reaching c.£13.5m.


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