A NORTH West housing business has expanded its commercial training arm with the acquisition of a careers education programme provider.
Positive Footprints, based in Burnley, is an innovative company which develops career-based learning programmes, delivered by the education sector, often in partnership with local businesses.
The deal strengthens Regenda’s strategy to diversify into the education, training and apprenticeship sector, and follows last year’s acquisition of Alder Training in Liverpool.
Positive Footprints will retain its own branding and continue to offer its flagship programme, the Job Junction, whilst developing further programmes for community impact.
Delivered across the whole educational journey, (from primary school right through to Further Education) the programme aims to inspire, prepare and support young people as they explore the world of business, their future careers and raise the aspirations of young people.
Lesley Burrows, Managing Director at Positive Footprints, said: “We are very excited to be joining the Regenda Group.
“It is clear that this organisation has ambitious plans for its training and education offering, and we are delighted to be part of that journey.
“Positive Footprints is all about making an impact, improving social mobility and raising the aspirations of children across the country. We believe that through the greater support offered as part of a large organisation, we can do this plus much more.”
Traditionally a property based company, the Regenda Group has recently made a number of acquisitions to support its vision for sustainable regeneration, through providing opportunities for people to achieve their economic and social wellbeing.
Michael Birkett, CEO of The Regenda Group, said: “We are delighted that Positive Footprints is joining our expanding Group.
“This acquisition will provide further growth potential for the business as we continue to push into sectors which are closely aligned with the values of our group`.
“We believe that the team at Positive Footprints bring an exciting and forward thinking range of programmes to the Group, which will enhance our current offering, while also allowing us to explore new areas within careers, training and apprenticeships.”
Positive Footprints is the fourth acquisition by the Regenda Group and its second in 12 months. The Group is expected to announce a further addition shortly.