Wednesday , January 22 2020
Home / Women Careers / Business Awards: Passion for a job well done is secret to Victoria’s success – Stoke-on

Business Awards: Passion for a job well done is secret to Victoria’s success – Stoke-on

Twenty years ago Victoria Sylvester was a nurse working on a ward at the then North Staffs Hospital.

Last year she became the first woman on the board of a multinational corporation, a role which sees her travel to countries across Europe and Asia.

During this time, she has launched, led and grown a thriving company, which now employs 90 people – all while raising her four children.

Victoria set up Trentham-based company Acacia Training with her mum in 2000 because they wanted to provide courses that genuinely met employer ne.

Read More
Related Articles

Business Awards: Smart way to bounce back year after devastating fire

She said: “We both worked in the care sector and experienced first-hand the struggle to recruit and retain quality care staff. We wanted to change this and improve access to high-quality training.”

Acacia Training now delivers Ofsted-registered training across a number of industries, including health, social care, early years and beauty.

It offers a range of apprenticeships, short courses and government-funded qualifications and trains 3,500 learners nationally each year.

Clients range from individual learners to colleges, local authorities and the NHS.

As well as successfully entering other markets – including beauty and dental training – the company has acquired five other smaller training businesses in the last 13 months.

Read More
The 2019/20 Sentinel Business Awards

The Sentinel Business Awards launch

The full list of categories

Last year‘s winners

Motorhome firm aims to raise standards

Langley Foxall on the move again

Tyfy will support struggling students

Car leasing website shakes up industry

‘Intelligent furniture’ is a step ahead

Victoria said: “Our goal is to ensure that people of all ages and stages in their career gain the skills they need to thrive in their chosen industry.

“We want to stretch and challenge our learners to progress on to higher levels and be the best they can be.

“Three quarters of our learners found work, got a better job or improved their prospects after training with us.”

Victoria is passionate about supporting people in the local community to find jobs and progress in their careers, and Acacia Training works with job centres to help unemployed people to get the qualifications they need for jobs in nursing, childcare and social care.

The mum-of-four, who is also director of two care homes in Staffordshire and Cheshire, took over the helm as managing director of Acacia Training in 2012.

Since then she has sought out new opportunities to move the business forward, diversifying the company’s offering and income streams and reaching more learners than ever before.

Read More
Related Articles

Business Awards: Sabina chose love over high-flying career – and she’s never looked back!

Victoria added: “I’m passionate about creating a happy, healthy workforce where everyone feels part of the success of the company. All of our staff are made partners in the business after they have passed their probationary period, which enables them to be involved in the strategic direction of the company and helps to improve staff engagement.”

She added: “I love my job and the sector I work in. It’s been a privilege to grow Acacia from a start-up to a thriving company with 90 employees. My personal strategy is to think positively, constantly move forward and refuse to let things stand in my way. I hope my experience proves to other women that there are no limits to what you can achieve.”

In May 2019 Victoria was voted on to MBH’s board as an executive director.

Her primary role is to act as a bridge between the group and its companies to ensure there is strong, positive, two-way communication. She is the first female to serve on the board and one of her priorities is to encourage more women to join.

She is now competing for the Entrepreneur of the Year title at the Sentinel Business Awards, sponsored by SG Fleet.