LONDON, UK – 16th December 2022 – Babington, one of the UK’s largest and longest-established apprenticeship and learning providers, today announced investment from Unigestion, the independent specialist asset manager.
At a time when skills represent an essential means to tackle some of the most important social and economic challenges, Unigestion’s investment will help Babington further enhance its services and continue to deliver meaningful customer outcomes.
With a mission to develop better futures for businesses, individuals, and the communities in which it operates, Babington boasts an unrivalled scope of services from apprenticeships and short qualifications to professional training and pre-employment courses – all underpinned by technology, data, and deep learning expertise.
The past eighteen months have seen the business develop and strengthen a clear value proposition and product strategy in response to changing customer needs, with significant investment in brand, partnerships, and products.
Having already secured recent major contracts with leading telecoms, infrastructure, and public sector clients, Babington continues to raise the profile of funded learning as a strategic tool to help organisations attract, develop, and retain talent.
In the last year alone, Babington has supported more than 9000 learners – helping 2500 adults access free adult learning as a direct route to employment, and placing over 800 school leavers into entry-level roles with some of the UK’s top employers.
Investment from the Unigestion’s direct private equity fund, specialising in high-potential mid-market private equity investments, signals an exciting new phase in Babington’s journey.
The agreement, completed yesterday, will see current CEO David Marsh remain in post, supported by existing management, and backed by Unigestion’s global team.
Developing better futures: For organisations, individuals, and society.
Babington helps organisations and individuals unlock potential and perform at their very best.
We help organisations solve challenges around talent acquisition, upskilling, and reskilling to support growth and drive performance.
We help individuals develop skills and realise their dream careers – from entry level all the way up to the top of their profession.
As one of the longest-established and largest apprenticeship and training providers in the UK, we have a wealth of expertise and experience developing both technical excellence and the skills needed for rounded professional and personal success.
Our services span apprenticeships, short qualifications and professional training courses, pre-employment services, and learner find – all underpinned by technology, data, and deep learning expertise.
Unigestion is an independent, specialist asset manager providing innovative, tailored solutions for investors worldwide. For more than 50 years we have stayed true to our conviction that intelligent risk-taking is key to delivering consistent returns over time. Today, we are responsible for over $19.4bn in assets under management across our three areas of expertise – private equity, equities, multi asset & wealth management – with the majority of our assets covered by ESG considerations.
Helping our clients achieve investment success drives everything we do. We take the time to truly understand their requirements and work with them to create tailored solutions that meet their specific needs. Our focus on understanding and anticipating risk as a means to outperform sets us apart. Risk management is part of our DNA, our culture and defines everything we do. By taking risk in a measured, informed way, we aim to deliver superior performance for our clients.
Headquartered in Geneva, Unigestion has a global presence that extends across Europe, North America and Asia. We are privately owned, with a shareholder structure designed to ensure our long-term stability and align our interests with those of our clients.
(Source: Unigestion as at 30.6.22)
Abigail Pears, Marketing & Growth Director, Babington
Alicia Wyllie, Head of Corporate Communications, Unigestion