Wellbeing group launches dedicated staff training academy

PAM Group’s new offices at Mandarin Court

PAM Group, the Warrington-based occupational health and wellbeing specialist, has opened a dedicated training academy for its workforce.

The 4,000 sq ft building at Mandarin Court, Warrington, houses client services teams for PAM’s Wellness Solutions division on the first floor alongside the group’s IT support staff. PAM Group founder and chief executive, James Murphy, said the academy fulfils a long held ambition to create a bespoke training centre for clinical and non-clinical staff.PAM Academy is based on the ground floor of a two-storey building

It features a series of fully-equipped replica clinics and an audio booth where PAM Group specialists can train in a realistic setting. The academy space will also be used to stage training courses and sessions for clients, covering topics such as mental health awareness, neurodiversity and health and wellbeing in the workplace.

PAM Wellness Solutions’ client services teams have relocated from the group’s corporate headquarters in Warrington and other sites, bringing together under one roof those running the group’s employee assistance programme, physiotherapy and occupational health advisory services. The open-plan upper floor can accommodate 50 staff.

James Murphy said: “I’m passionate that PAM becomes the employer of choice for people wishing to start or develop their careers in the fields in which we operate, and the academy is a leap forward for this.

“It’s common, for example, for people from the nursing profession to join us to start their journeys as occupation health professionals. We are developing a new career path framework for our colleagues, branded as the Elevate Programme.

“This will enhance routes for career development across the group, and the facilities at the new academy provide an effective and engaging space to host the learning opportunities on offer through the programme, in a bespoke environment.”

The Mandarin Court site is a high-spec office building which PAM Group has fitted out to include a breakout area and meeting rooms as well as office space and training facilities. It has parking for 20 vehicles.

The group operates a network of 25 clinics. It also has a retail arm which supplies fitness, exercise and rehabilitation equipment to consumers, sports clubs and sports and physiotherapy professionals.

LDC-backed PAM, which employs more than 750 people, posted revenues of £53m for 2023 and is on track to reach £68m this year. It is looking to grow turnover to £90m over the next few years through continued organic expansion and further acquisitions.