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Jul 2021 / News

ACT has been named one of Britain’s top educational employers. As Wales’ largest training provider, it’s been ranked as the fifth Best Education & Training Organisation to work for in all the UK, in the prestigious Best Companies to Work For List.

It has also been named the 11th Best Company to Work For in Wales and was further celebrated in the top 40 Best Large Companies to Work For rankings.

The UK-wide Best Companies to Work For List is the longest-running and most respected ranking of its kind.Split into four categories ­- large companies, mid companies, small companies and not for profit organisations – it celebrates and showcases the very best in workplace engagement.

Of the fantastic achievement, Richard Spear, Managing Director of ACT Training, said: “This is brilliant news for ACT and reflects our ongoing commitment to the happiness and wellbeing of our amazing colleagues. We firmly believe that a happy and engaged workforce is the key to our success and underpins our mission of improving lives through learning.”

Judges praised ACT’s open communication style, company fundraising and Environmental Champions programme. The introduction of a four-and-a-half day working week during the national lockdown also gave all staff dedicated weekly wellbeing time. 

In the new 2021 ranking, ACT is named the 39th Best Large Company to Work For in the UK. This is its first time in the category, as it was previously considered in the Mid Company list.

The Best Companies commendation was achieved following direct feedback provided by ACT employees focussed around their manager and team, personal growth, wellbeing, giving something back, leadership, the company as a whole and a fair deal for employees.

Earlier this year, ACT was also officially recognised as a World Class Organisation to work for, having received 3 Star accreditation from Best Companies.

ACT are committed to enhancing and supporting the wellbeing of all its employees through a number of initiatives. They have an in-house counselling service that supports employees with issues that may be affecting their work and wellbeing. They also promote a culture of coaching across ACT, where managers throughout the organisation are trained in coaching techniques enabling them to better support their employees and improve their wellbeing. In addition, they have also introduced a wellbeing hub; a multi-purpose space that houses the ACT wellbeing team and pod spaces for employees to work quietly alone or one to one with their learners.

This is the seventh time ACT has achieved Best Companies status, having also made it on to the Best Companies to Work For list in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014 and 2012.

Formed in 1989, ACT currently employs around 350+ staff members. It has sites across Wales, including Bridgend, Cardiff, Caerphilly, and Aberdare.

ACT’s 2021 list positions:

  • # 5 Best Education and Training Companies to Work For in the UK
  • # 11 Best Companies to Work For in Wales
  • # 39 Best Large Companies to Work For in the UK


To find out more, visit:  https://www.b.co.uk/companies/act-training