Who we are

Founded in 1995 GB Training is a family run, leading training provider based in central Birmingham. GB Training believes in learner achievement and will provide the very highest quality vocational skills and qualifications.

GB Training is here to inspire individuals to become their greatest and make a difference in learner education.
Our family foundations and values have been nurtured throughout the growth of the company, we lead from the top with honesty, integrity and transparency.
We believe that inspirational teaching is about more than a qualification, but is about guiding people to strive for progression, improving knowledge and skills, and helping them to improve their social skills and financial position.

The Board & Shareholders


Gill Barton is the founder of GB Training which she launched in 1995 as a sole trader. Gill has a phenomenal career covering numerous sectors working in administration, hospitality, leadership and management and latterly in learning and development for Bass Leisure, prior to starting her company. Gill is qualified in numerous disciplines including Human Resources and education and training. Gill is currently enjoying semi-retirement however continues to chair the Board of Directors and shareholders.


Lawrence Barton is the Managing Director of GB Training UK Ltd. Lawrence has 19 years’ service with the company and was first appointed a Director in 2001. He has successfully managed numerous Ofsted inspections & Provider Finance and Governance audits. He speaks publicly at large Skills and government events. He has been Festival Director of Birmingham Pride since 2009 and was appointed board member of Birmingham Southside BID since 2011 to the current date.


Darren Barton is one of the shareholders of GB Training, Darren’s project work has taken him away operationally from GB Training, his work complements our group strategy to improve our asset position for the future.


Allan is Director of Procurement at GB Training. Following a successful management career in retail Allan joined the college based FE sector in 1983 and has managed a wide range of Apprenticeships and other programmes until joining GB Training in 2010. Allan has a wide and extensive experience of managing funded training programmes and is a valuable source of knowledge.

Dianne MacPherson

Dianne has over 40 years’ HR experience, with a wide range of specialisms and experience; from recruitment, employment legislation, performance management and the full spectrum of HR activities.  She has worked for GB Training since 1998. As well as her wider HR remit, Dianne also delivers people recruitment processes and management strategies in support of GB Training’s Business Plan and Strategic Vision. She also provides advice to managers on employee relations and other HR issues, including employment law.


Victoria has extensive experience in quality assurance with over 20 years’ experience in the FE sector at senior and curriculum leadership level.  She holds a Masters in Business Administration and has significant experience in leading outstanding adult and apprenticeship provision where achievement rates have been significantly above national rates.  Her curriculum leadership experience includes employability provision, ESF projects, IT, functional and key skills, adult literacy and numeracy, Higher Education – gaining full confidence in provision from QAA.



Head of Operations


Head of Learning Programmes


Head of Compliance & Data

Our People

Without our dedicated and professional colleagues, there would be no company. We are a business who have always focused on the need to grow and nurture talent. We believe that a delighted workforce will provide the greatest care and support to our learners and employers.

Our employers

We will strive to design and deliver Apprenticeships and training programmes that meet your needs and which have a positive impact on your business. We will be responsive and flexible wherever possible, to ensure high levels of customer service.

Our promise to learners

 We will strive to provide the very best training, guidance and support to enable the achievement of qualifications and Apprenticeships and to encourage progression in employment and personal goals.

We are always on the lookout for individuals who will fit our culture as well as the job, who are just as enthusiastic about working here as we are.

Send your details along and we will be in touch when we find the right role for you.

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