Notes to editors on Acorn to use for media publications Notes to editors on Acorn to use for media publications

Acorn Learning Solutions Editor Notes

  • Established in 1992, Acorn has 38 branches and on-site locations across Wales, the West Country, the North West of England, London and the South East.
  • Acorn’s training arm, ‘Acorn Learning Solutions’ trains more than 1,000 learners each month across the UK. 
  • Acorn was judged National Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2011 – 12 at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.
  • Acorn received the Provider Award for Social Responsibility of the Year of the Year 2013 – 14.
  • With its Head Office in Newport servicing the UK, Acorn delivers apprenticeships, bespoke and recognised accredited training and development courses in the following sectors – leadership & management, IT, retail, insurance, banking, accountancy, business administration, customer service, warehousing and manufacturing.
  •  Acorn works closely with Government funding agencies, universities and other educational organisations to devise, develop and deliver innovative initiatives to shape future training needs of the workforce.
  • Acorn is a Retail Skills Shop in Wales, Cheltenham and Gloucester as part of a network of Skills Shops dedicated to the retail industry led by the National Skills Academy for Retail.
  • Acorn advises and delivers the most suitable work-based learning, open courses and accredited Apprenticeships up to Level 5.
  • Through contacts with Government funding bodies and through other initiatives, Acorn advises on funding for learning programmes.
  • Acorn is the only private provider franchised for the delivery of a Foundation Degree with Cardiff Metropolitan University.
  • The Acorn Group consists of Acorn Recruitment, Acorn Learning & Development, Acorn Global and Exxell.
  • Acorn places some 6,500 people into circa 1,200 different client companies each week. The company delivers training to more than 1,000 learners each month and makes 1,700 permanent placements each year.
  • Acorn's head office is at Celtic Springs, near Newport, South Wales. Many of Acorn’s specialist divisions are based there, including Senior Executive Search, Contract Management, Construction, Mechanical & Electrical, Technical & Engineering, Nursing & Healthcare, IT & Digital, Acorn Global and Acorn Learning Solutions.
  • In 2006 global recruiter Synergie acquired a majority stake in Acorn; an investment that underpinned its commitment to supporting companies operating internationally; and one that has helped to propel Acorn’s expansion across the UK.
  • Synergie is an established, leading recruiter across Europe, Canada and Australia employing over 2,300 permanent staff, with some 600 branches in 15 different countries placing 50,000 agency workers on a weekly basis, and serving over 95,000 different clients.
  • It is a €1.7bn business, making it the 5th largest recruiter in Europe and the 15th largest globally.