The Pitman name has long been at the vanguard of secretarial training in the UK and there is no sign that this venerable institution is in danger of losing its position.
Since Sir Isaac Pitman launched his famous shorthand method in the 1880’s and the brand later opened its own college in Russell Square, first secretarial and later bookkeeping courses and IT training have been its mainstay.
Shilpa Wymer, Principal of the Pitman Training centres in London at Notting Hill and High Holborn and Central Manchester believes this long-term success is down to key factors:
“First, Pitman, especially where secretarial education is concerned, has always stood for quality. In all its guises, the programmes have been well taught using first class course materials.”
“Secondly, the business has been good at innovation, offering self-paced training using technology blended with personal attention in professional centres in easy to reach areas,” she claims.
Many a recruitment professional would agree with Mrs Wymer as it is clear that candidates holding a Pitman Training certificate or diploma are much sought-after, even in tough economic times.
Indeed, some would say that secretarial courses or any other vocational education at this level may currently have greater attraction to companies than a degree as the skills learned are so practical and able to be applied immediately in the field.
Take typing, for example. It is obvious that, in many working situations, those who can touch type will be able to deliver greater productivity than those who can’t and the same could be said about technical subjects such as shorthand or audio transcription.
Even where Microsoft Office is concerned, employees who can demonstrate more advanced practical use of the software will stand out from the crowd, demanding fewer resources from prospective employers.
But are there any areas of secretarial courses in which Pitman is weak?
But with over 150 years of secretarial training experience, where does an education provider like this go next?
“Well, being part of a national network of providers means that Pitman Training is big enough to have a dedicated in-house course development team which is constantly updating our existing courses and developing new ones as technology, administration and education evolve, so as long as we keep our eye on the ball, we should always be the leading player in our sector,” says Mrs Wymer.
Students certainly seem to agree that the technology keeps Pitman at the forefront of secretarial skills development:
“The programs are so clever and I find self-directed learning very enjoyable,” says Jane Dredge, who earned her Medical Secretary Diploma at the organisation’s Holborn training centre.
And when student Adewunme Ilori’s friend’s mother mentioned how much she’d enjoyed studying a secretary course with Pitman Training in the 1960′s, she joined the High Holborn training centre as she had “so much confidence in the modern approach taken by such an ‘old-school’ educational name.”
To find out more about secretarial courses, why not call Pitman Training?
Notting Hill – 020 7792 5214
Holborn – 020 7025 4700
Manchester – 0161 923 6814
Or contact us by email.