Empowering Learning started in 2017 with the acquisitions of two well-respected agencies in the supply teaching market. In 2018, the company acquired Team Teach, the UK’s leading provider of behavioural management training to teachers. Graphite has significant experience in this market, having previously successfully invested in Education Personnel.
Supply teaching involves the provision of temporary staff to cover planned and unplanned vacancies in classrooms. Short-term vacancies typically result from teacher sickness and training days. Longer-term placements are driven by cover for maternity leave and unfilled full-time vacancies. The organic growth of the recruitment division is driven by attracting talented consultants and opening a substantial network of offices across the UK.
Behavioural management training for teachers is underpinned by strong demand drivers, including rising levels of challenging behaviour by children and the continuing upward pressure on class sizes. The training division is expanding its presence in the UK and internationally having recently launched a digital course offering, broadened its services to cover the health and care sector and developed a course offering targeting parents.
While Covid-19 had a material short-term impact on the education services sector, demand for education services is fundamentally resilient and Empowering Learning’s growth prospects are undiminished. Graphite is supporting the business in broadening its service offering including through further acquisitions.