A TRAINING firm set up by a former council worker is marking its fourth anniversary – and is expanding.

Linda Hobbs set up Plymouth Training and Consultancy in 2010, with the help of Outset Plymouth, to provide training on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and their families.

Based at Scott Business Park, Miss Hobbs has been delivering NSPCC-accredited programmes on child protection, prevention of bullying and children’s rights.

But now she is also working with schools and nurseries to create bespoke training packages and qualifications, for such people as teaching assistants.

Miss Hobbs said she has become the first provider in the South West to offer City and Guilds education and training qualifications for vocational teachers.

And the business is also providing Institute of Leadership and Management accredited programmes for managers working with children.

The business growth means she has taken on an administrator and four trainers, and works with a bank of 12 other trainers, employed on an ad hoc basis.

Miss Hobbs left her job as a training manager in the workforce development team at Plymouth City Council in February 2010 to follow a “lifetime dream” and start a business.

She has now achieved a life-long learning teaching qualification and is undertaking a Masters degree at the University of St Mark and St John.

“The business has grown but at the same time I have not lost sight of my own professional development,” Miss Hobbs said. “And next year, for the fifth anniversary, I’m thinking of staging a charity ball.”

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City entrepreneur Linda Hobbs celebrating the fourth anniversary of Plymouth Training & Consultancy

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