We really care.

Nothing is more important than the very best qualifications for our clients.

We offer a variety of courses and apprenticeships,
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Our Mission

To offer training and consultancy to:

  • Create a competent workforce who work and support children, young people, adults and their families
  • Equip the workforce with the skills, knowledge and confidence to reach their full potential
  • Promote equality, diversity and individuality
  • Build a positive culture for Lifelong Learning
  • Make a difference to the overall aims and objectives of the organisation
  • Achieve together

About us

Plymouth Training is an education and training organisation, providing qualifications that meet the needs of today’s workforce, which are valued by learners, employers and help individuals develop their talents and abilities for future career progression.

As a City and Guilds, NOCN, Cache and ILM accredited centre, we have a huge range of courses available, ranging from introductory level through to management level; half day courses to two year programmes.

A range of suitable opportunities for our Learners seeking careers in these workforce sectors, as well as professional practice development opportunities.

We aim to develop individuals to maximize their creativity and performance and to develop their potential, which in turn will support and encourage them to have the right skill set and attitude to succeed and work together in the work place.

Our Trainers and Consultants are professional people who are committed to Continual Professional Development to ensure that their skills, knowledge and qualification and training are up to date to provide you with an excellent level of service.

Meet our fantastic team

Linda Hobbs

Owner I Managing Director

As Managing Director (owner) of Plymouth Training and Consultancy, Linda has utilised many years of extensive experience in providing training and development solutions for Children Services to develop a highly recognised quality adult training centre. Her previous role included managing, advising and providing training for Plymouth Local Authority, specialising within areas across the children services workforce sector. (Workforce Development Team – WDT)

As Managing Director of Plymouth Training and Consultancy, Linda is responsible for leading a City and Guilds, ILM, Ascentis and Cache Training Centre and managing a team of trainers. Within an advisory role Linda and the team provided advice, guidance and training solutions across the Children and Young People and Adult Care workforce. Linda manages an approved training centre delivering a range of qualifications, as well as providing many short Professional Practice workshops and CPD courses.

Since 2011, Linda has worked independently as a Lead Child Protection Trainer for Plymouth Local Safeguarding Board (PSCB)

Linda strives to develop staff to maximise performance, develop individual and team potential and to encourage staff to have the right skill set and attitudes to succeed. I believe that with the right attributes; passions, drive, focus and energy we can succeed to inspire others.

Plymouth training are passionate, committed and motivated with a clear vision a team who makes a difference to people’s lives. Providing person centred opportunities to gain skills, knowledge, understanding and competence to provide the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families; aiming to help contribute to developing a highly skilled, confident and performance managed workforce.

Plymouth City Council has been working with (Plymouth Training and Consultancy) for the last 4 years to deliver Youth Work apprenticeships. It’s an absolute joy to be working with such a dedicated training provider who specialises in supporting the development of young people within our youth work sector. 

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Ken Holder

Talent Advisor, Plymouth City Council

It has been a pleasure to work alongside dedicated training provider who specialises in supporting the apprentices through Level 2 & Level 3 Youth Work enabling the development of young people within the youth work sector.

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Mandy Turner

The Zone

I had a fantastic learning experience with Linda and Plymouth Training and Consultancy. They helped me gain the qualifications that I needed to teach and grew my passion for education even further. The opportunity to learn in the evenings allowed me to gain the skills required, whilst not impacting on my full-time job. 

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Dwain Morgan

Assistant Community Manager (Inclusion), Argyle Community Trust

Hannah Morgan-Gibson

Operations Director

Hannah has a varied career history starting in retail, via banking and into software sales where she has spent the majority of her working career before jumping in a new direction with us at Plymouth Training.

Hannah has joined us to work on developing the business, from compliance and systems through to sales and marketing. Each week is something new but she is enjoying the challenge of joining a new team and sector.

Hannah, her husband and two children love to travel and try to explore the world as often as possible.

Given time to herself you will find Hannah digging at her allotment, cooking a feast for family and friends, singing with Stonehouse Community Voices or with her head stuck in a book.

Juliette Morgan

Quality Assurance Manager

After achieving a Degree (Hons) in Youth and Community Studies, Juliette began working for the Local Authority in Plymouth and her career with Plymouth City Council has spanned over 20 years. Her early career in Youth Work involved centre-based and detached work with young people and a service wide responsibility for young peoples Accreditation.

Over the years Juliette took on new roles and responsibilities becoming a member of the Youth Service Management Team with strategic service-wide responsibilities for: Workforce Development, Young Peoples Participation, ‘Summer Mix’, Plymouth Award Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Accreditation, Project Management.

Reductions in funding for Community-based Youth Work saw a shift in focus and a move towards more Targeted Services for young people in need. In Juliette’s latter years with Plymouth City Council she has managed Targeted Youth Support and Participation, which involved her representing the voice of young people on the Plymouth Children and Young Peoples Safeguarding Board.

Juliette left the Local Authority in 2016 to set up a Community Interest Company, Youth Focus South West and continues to work with colleagues around the city to support Youth Workers, deliver training and seek funding to develop provision, filling in gaps alongside other Voluntary Sector Youth Work Organisations.

Juliette joined Plymouth Training as an ILM and Youth Work assessor this year.

Sue Harris

Centre Administrator

Sue has 11 years experience in the role of Senior Administrator working in the training sector, this includes 3 years with Plymouth Training. Sue’s responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operation of the centre. This includes processing applications, engagement with Employers, general enquiries and providing support to Assessors and Trainers. Sue also maintains records for awarding organisations.

Previously Sue has 23 years experience working in a financial institution, as Team Leader. The responsibilities included monitoring the quality of customer service within the telephony team, developing processes and procedures to ensure the efficient processing of business. Liaising and networking with colleagues across the South West.

Sue enjoys socialising with friends and colleagues and spending quality with family. Sue is keen cinema-goer who enjoys a wide genre of entertainment. She also likes to garden but has to be in the mood for it, as it’s not a favourite pastime.

Pam England

Assessor, Tutor and Quality Assurer

Pam has worked for Plymouth Training for approx. 6yrs as an assessor, tutor and quality assurer.

Pam’s background is in (specialist/alternative) formal education, and informal education working with the local authority, and various community and voluntary groups.

Community achievements include:- North Prospect Garage Project (Now NORPRO). Working with community leaders to devise a business plan – successfully gaining approx £250k funding from National Lotteries, and serving initially as Trustee; Collaborative working with organisations and community leaders to secure joint funding for the Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre.

Secondment to Children’s Workforce Development Team gaining assessor and quality assurance qualifications – supporting learners to achieve NVQ’s, and maintaining quality of qualification delivery.

Pam has progressed her career at Plymouth Training, gaining qualifications in Level 4 Certificate, &Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

Pam’s new role with Plymouth Training now also includes co-ordinating internal quality assurance.

When Pam is not busy with all of the above, she relaxes with crosswords, sudoku, and visiting her happy place – the beach.

Wendy Sidibeh

Support in Teaching and Learning Assessor and English Lead

Wendy started her career teaching English as a foreign language in Hamburg and Poland. She completed her PGCE at Marjons specialising in Primary Key Stage 1 and began teaching at College Road Primary School. Volunteering with the VSO took Wendy to The Gambia where you would find her teacher training in seven different schools across a very remote bush district using a motorbike to get around. On arrival back in the UK, Wendy taught at Longcause special school before joining us here at Plymouth Training.

Wendy is a busy mum of two boys and as a family they love discovering new places to walk their dog Tia. When time allows, Wendy loves catching up with her friends who she has known for over 20 years when they all worked together at College Road.

Cathy Tasker

Internal Quality Assurance
Coming soon…

Mandy Brookshaw

Early Years Assessor

Mandy works as a Freelance Assessor for Plymouth Training and currently assess the Early Years qualifications.

She has a wealth of experience in Early Years, working her way up from a Practitioner to Nursery Manager in later years. She achieved the IQA qualification in 2018 and has just qualified as a Primary teacher (PGCE).

When she has time, she enjoys spending time with her family and looking after her grandchildren. She has a dog called Bella who gives her a good reason to go on long walks. She also enjoys being part of Plymouth Harriers running group, where she has met lifelong friends as well as keeping fit and healthy.

Claire Wilcox

Early Years and ILM Assessor

Claire has worked in Early Years for over 30 years; in fact, she is pre-OFSTED. Over those years she has established and run her own pre-school, a day nursery, a crèche service, several play schemes and an after school club. She has worked in most roles from nannying a single child, to managing a large commercial unit, with 70 staff providing activities for children aged 6 weeks to 16 years.

Presently she also works as an Administrator for the charity ‘rspb’, which allows her innate organisational tendencies to run wild and sits well within her Plymouth Training role, which as her brief suggests is as an Early Years Assessor.

She hopes that the combination of her administrative inclinations, mixed with her breadth of experiences will inspire, encourage and support her learners. She has recently been a student, gaining a First Class BSc (Hons) in Health, Community and Social Science. Academic research has inspired a thirst for knowledge and an insatiable inquisitiveness into new philosophies surrounding childhood development. Moreover, she truly hopes that her love of all things Early Years will inspire and shine through her work and that of her students.

She lives in Cornwall and spends what time she can, enjoying this beautiful county. She loves walks with her husband and the dog, either on the beaches or along the cliff tops, followed by a pasty and either a sunny spot or a log fire, depending on the season.

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Gill Millar

Youth & Community Sector Trainer and Consultant

Gill has worked in youth and community work in England for almost 4 decades, as a youth worker, community development worker, senior manager and professional trainer. She has worked in local authority youth services in the North West and South West, including 5 years as Principal Youth Officer in Plymouth, and in voluntary youth organisations, most recently leading the South West Regional Youth Work Unit at Learning South West from 2003-2016.

She now works in a freelance capacity supporting youth organisations through training, assessment and evaluation practice. She is a board member of several youth and community organisations, specifically:

  • VOYC Devon (voluntary youth and children’s sector infrastructure organisation)
  • TimeBank South West (based in Plymouth developing skill sharing opportunities for people particularly those who are isolated and suffer from long-term health conditions)
  • National Youth Agency, where she is currently Chair of the NYA’s Education Training Standards Committee (ETS), which has responsibility for setting and maintain standards for youth work qualifications from Level 2 through to degree and post-graduate programmes.