The independent training provider, which has its head office in Wetherby, is set to be a key player in developing the executive education model in India as it brings its model of computer-based, “experiential learning”, to support the development of education and skills in South Asia.
Pitman Training’s managing director Clare Lister said that Pitman has joined forces with Franchise India to improve training for careers across India.
A spokesman said: “Pitman Training has been teaching shorthand in India since the turn of the 20th Century, returning now to introduce the modern equivalents in office training into the workplace, focused on vocational training and career development.
“Talks are already ongoing with some of India’s leading educational institutes around the opening of centres later in 2015 and it’s expected there will be a significant number of Pitman Training centres across India by the end of the year.”
Ms Lister said: “There is a big focus on British education in India – it is a growing education market with massive investment in up-skilling the population as well as individuals investing high proportions of their income into education.
“This provides a great opportunity for Pitman Indian franchisees to take a strong British brand and use it to fit the demand for skills, aligning with UK qualifications, which are heavily in demand.
“This agreement comes as part of global growth across the education sector in international territories which have welcomed the British model of education, and the Pitman brand. We’re really excited about the future.”
Andrew Walters, the franchise development director, said: “Pitman Training has a long established history in India, and we are delighted to be bringing back what is now a thoroughly modern and state-of-the-art organisation to the most exciting education market in the world.
“The appetite and desire for high quality education in India is unparalleled globally, and we are confident that the combination of the unique British heritage of our brand combined with our modern training processes will be a huge success.”