About Us

Who we are

Based in Horwich, Bolton, we have over fifty years’ experience in the training industry. We are part of the University of Bolton Group, allowing us to offer Level 2 - Degree Apprenticeships. We train around 300 Apprentices and 6,000 individuals each year to gain vital skills to take back to the workplace. Our staff have many years’ experience in their relevant training areas and have a friendly professional approach to training. We offer Apprenticeships and Training Courses at the highest quality available in the North West, helping people to develop, learn new skills and fulfil their potential. Whether it’s an Apprenticeship or a Training Course you are looking to complete, we have the training solution for you.

Our History

Alliance Learning was known as the Bolton and District Engineering Training Group when it was first registered in 1966, and the five original staff members were based in a porta cabin at the former Horwich Technical College. The Training Group was set up by a partnership between the Engineering Industry Training Board, local Engineering Employer’s Associations, Horwich Technical College and several prominent local employers and was managed by Bert Krikken, a former senior training officer at British Rail Engineering Works. Initially Bolton and District Training Group was involved in apprentice recruitment, training and monitoring. As the business grew it secured premises at 602 Chorley New Road and the company was re-registered as Bolton Engineering Training Group between 1986 and 1988. With more space and a dedicated training room, the Group expanded their services and offered First Aid and Supervisory Training in addition to Apprenticeships. In 1989 the group moved to the Hurst Building in Horwich, which the business still occupies today, Alliance Learning was formed through the merger of Bolton Training Group and CLEEA Training in 2001. Today the business continues to grow and expand the range of training courses and Apprenticeships on offer and in March 2020, Alliance Learning became part of the University of Bolton Group, when the organisations officially joined forces, allowing learners from Alliance Learning to progress seamlessly from Level 1, right up to Level 8 degrees.

Company Vision, Mission and Values

Our aspiration is to be one of the leading training providers in Greater Manchester: responding to local employer need for education and training swiftly and professionally. This will be balanced with a wider network of commercial developments to meet employer need. Our focus is on our people and Stakeholders. Delivery will be inclusive, innovative and inspiring to ensure all learners and customers reach their full potential and provide a quality return on investment for employers. Our Mission Statement to help achieve this vision is 'Success through Learning'.

Alliance Learning also follow the below Company Values:
A - Accountability, we make responsible decisions based on professional standards and sustainable values
L - Lead, by example. We value all and treat everyone with dignity and respect
L - Learning, we promote a culture of lifelong learning for our learners, customers and staff
I - Integrity, we act with honesty and integrity in everything we do
A - Agility, we respond quickly with open minds and focus
N - Nurture, we care for and protect all of our learners, customers and staff to achieve positive outcomes
C - Creativity, we will find new ways of thinking, learning and doing
E - Empathy, we listen to the needs of our stakeholders

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Alliance Learning recognise the need for an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy to ensure that there is no unlawful discrimination and that Equality and Diversity irrespective of age, race, sex, marital status, nationality, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or ethnic origin is continually available. The policy concerns all matters related to Employment, Training, Sub-contractors, other training providers and potential learners. The active promotion of this policy is specifically directed at developing a positive attitude to promoting Equality and Diversity in employment and training regardless of age, race, sex, colour, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital status. If you require any further information on any Equality and Diversity issues please do not hesitate to contact us on 01204 696744.