About us

Learning Together.

 
 

Our Mission

To provide quality, work focused training and skills, delivered by professional and fully qualified staff in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free to all eligible learners, We aspire to maximise opportunities for every student.

Our Values

To promote opportunity in a supportive, relaxed and empathic manner, providing high quality learner focused training. We consider the skills and abilities of all, teaching individuals not groups.

Why work with Reform Training & Skills?

Reform Training and Skills is a Matrix accredited organisation that has built a superb reputation for quality provision, equipping unemployed learners with the skills and qualifications they need to progress into work. We work alongside a variety of partners to include Weston College, Working Links and Job Centre Plus among many others to improve opportunity for learners. This collaborative approach has seen us grow to deliver training from Plymouth to Birmingham with a central base in Bristol.

Our experience working with vulnerable groups or those with significant barriers to employment now also sees us working from a number of resettlement prisons in the South West as part of the Offender Learning and Skills service. Our innovative approach will ensure that offenders receive CSCS vocational training prior to release and are supported in the community to help find employment.

Success at Reform Training and Skills is built upon the professionalism of the teaching and support staff, who work very hard to engage and motivate learners, prioritising their needs and working with them to achieve successful outcomes. (We look forward to hearing from like minded organisations). To find out more or participate in one of our courses please contact us at headoffice@reformtrainingandskills.co.uk or call on 01179111429/8.

Meet our team

 
Adam McMeechan

Adam McMeechan

Director

 

Following a career in the Forces, Adam worked with Avon and Somerset Probation Trust predominantly in the Education Training and Employment team where he led on a number of nationally recognised initiatives to improve the skills and qualifications of ex offenders. Adam took these skills forward when forming, developing and running The Restore Trust, a not for profit company working with ex offenders and members of the long term unemployed.

In post as CEO between 2010 and 13 Adam won £2.5 million pounds worth of bids and investment which enabled the company to directly employ 130 ex offenders and train a further 900. Working closely with his business partner and then project manager, Marcia Bricker, Adam helped to position the social enterprise as one of the foremost working with ex offenders in the South West.

In August of 2013 Adam set up Reform Training and Skills with his business partner Marcia Bricker, with a view to delivering high quality, tailored provision to all unemployed people in Bristol and Somerset over 16 years of age. Adam has a Social Sciences degree from Bristol University and an MBA from Leicester University.

 
Marcia Bricker

Marcia Bricker

Director

 

After starting her career in banking Marcia took a career break to raise her family and during this time also helped to run the family retail business. She trained as a counsellor before joining Avon and Somerset Probation Trust in 2000, where she supervised and managed ex offenders in the community.

In 2004 Marcia completed a Certificate in Education and gained Qualified Teacher Status, she then went on to qualify as a Literacy Subject Specialist. Marcia has vast experience and knowledge in curriculum design and development and has written a variety of bespoke programmes for individual client groups.

In 2010 Marcia was seconded from ASPT into the Restore Trust, a Social Enterprise set up by Adam Mcmeechan to work as the Project/Operations Manager. Adam and Marcia became business partners in August 2013 and formed Reform Training and Skills Limited.

 
Ruth Gilchrist

Nick Vause

Office Manager

Sarah Hayler

SaraH Hayler

Quality Manager

 
Gareth Arlett

Nicola Clark

Admin Coordinator

 
Jane Franklin

Elizabeth Mafuta

Business Administrator 

 
Michael Clark

Gareth Arlett

Tutor

 
Nicola Clark

Mick Clark

Tutor

 
Kyle McMeechan

Lorraine Spiller

Tutor

Jane Franklin

Richard King

Tutor

 
 
Nicola Clark

Jo King

OLASS Training & Engagement
Officer

 
Kyle McMeechan

Ben Caddoo-Frost

Administration & Tutor Support

 
 
 

What our Learners say

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Reform Training course. I learnt a lot."

- Customer

 

"Enjoyed course - staff friendly and supportive."

- About construction training

 

"Just a quick email to say I enjoyed your teaching style the course was epic cheers, Karl"

- Karl, about construction training

 

"I have just received my £50 Shopping gift card (one4all). And really just want to say thank you to you. The course that you taught was brilliant, I really learned a lot. And you could tell everyone enjoyed it. So this £50 gift card is an added bonus. I hope you're well and hope you had a good weekend."

- Mik

 
 

Our partners

 

Reform Training & Skills have partnered with leading industry and academic organisations in order to bring you training that is relevant and overseen by today's employers.

 
Job Centre Plus
Keepmoat
Knightstone
NOCN
Salvation Army
Weston College
Working Links
Ascentis
Curo
HM Prison Service
National Probation Service
YMCA
Learn Direct