Elite Training South West Ltd
is a modern training provider, located in Exeter city centre.

It was established in 2010 by Mike Baker, Managing Director, to help people of East Devon access tutor supported e-learning resources. The company has now grown to support learners from a wider catchment area.

We provide free nationally accredited qualifications, ranging from entry level up to level 2 and our learners have the choice of attending days and times to suit their personal commitments.

At Elite Training South West Ltd we pride ourselves on the high standard of service we offer our learners. All our friendly, highly qualified and experienced staff will plan and develop a range of bespoke courses to accommodate the individual’s needs.

Our aim is to provide a quality learning environment where adults can improve their confidence and prospects by studying a range of subjects including English, maths and IT. To date over 1400 learners have successfully achieved a variety of recognised qualifications


To ensure quality information, advice, guidance and support is provided in a safe environment offering inclusive opportunities to improve skills for learning and work


After leaving school with no qualifications and spending the first 4 years of my working life doing a variety of unfulfilling jobs I decided to make a positive change.

I enrolled onto a basic computer course at my local adult education centre. Watching the tutor of the class support her learners (especially me) and take time and patience to show each and every learner a variety of methods and solutions inspired me and I knew that I too wanted to help people.

I had now really caught the learning bug and I felt extremely motivated to achieve my goal of helping others like me. Within a few months I had achieved qualifications in Adult numeracy level 2, Adult Literacy Level 2, IBT2 and I had gained a full ECDL.

I now had a confidence and drive that I had never had before and I was ready to start my teaching journey. I approached another local training provider to seek advice and see what I could do to gain experience and hopefully in the future become an adult teacher. The managing director and quality performance manager were really supportive and saw something in me that I didn’t know I had. They talked about helping people and giving people the platform to succeed; this really appealed to me and gave me even more enthusiasm. It was then and there that I was given a fantastic opportunity that really did change my life when they asked me to work for them on a voluntary basis.

Learning from the tutors and management was a fantastic experience and I loved learning new skills and facing new challenges. The pleasure that I gained through teaching and helping full-time me great satisfaction and I knew that I was helping people to achieve their goals and aspirations in the same way that I was helped to achieve mine.

Two months after starting as a volunteer I was taken on full time as a support tutor, 5 months later I became a tutor, 7 months after that I became head of Maths and during this time I was very lucky to be nominated by my learners for Southwest Tutor Of The Year which I won! 18 months later I had the huge privilege of becoming the manager of the Exeter centre.

I decided to set up my own training centre in 2010, and Elite Training Southwest was born. I still have the same passion and desire to help people achieve their goals and I am the proof that with hard work and great support anything is possible.

Business Development Manager

All my working life has involved teaching in some form or other. I spent 18 years in London teaching and working self-employed as a music teacher and also working as a tutor in a college. After 18 years it was time for a change so I moved to Exeter. Once here I worked as a tutor in an adult education centre and taught piano in the evenings. Over the next 10 years, I moved from a tutor to a centre manager and then to the position of Quality and Performance Manager for that company for 10 years. After that, I worked as a Contract Manager for a year for a different education provider in the Southwest.

As a qualified and experienced piano teacher and Management Performance Coach, I decided to become self-employed for 3 years. During this time I had worked for Elite Training in a self-employed capacity. In September of 2016, I was asked to come on board as a permanent member of staff as the Operations Manager and was delighted to accept. It’s great to work for a company that has high-quality standards and really has a great balance of putting the learners needs first whilst maintaining a successful business. Now my role has changed to Business Development Manager where we are promoting workplace training.


I came to Elite Training South West initially from Pluss who thought I would greatly benefit in undertaking a computer course which would lead to a qualification.

I started at Elite Training as a student in March 2016 on an IT Level 2 Course, Learning with Elite was great, it allowed me to have the flexible of learning to fit in with my daily routine and personal commitments.

It was really a very good course, providing a refresher of topics, along with an insight into new ones, which after completing a 90 hour course and an exam which resulted in a City & Guilds qualification.

My time at Elite Training was highly enjoyable, the trainers were excellent, giving full support and encouraging one’s confidence.

I am extremely grateful to Elite Training and Pluss for giving me this opportunity and showing me support and encouragement, which has resulted in me now working at Elite Training South West. (You really have changed my life!)

Workplace Courses


The workplace today faces many challenges including the training requirements that result in excellent service standards. Elite Training South West Limited have a wealth of experience in the provision of solutions for your business that will ensure you are compliant, fulfilling your duty of care and creating a safe environment for all.

Elite Training South West Limited have been operating for years across the region. All our trainers are experienced, committed and are passionate about assisting workplaces to provide engaging, professional and high quality training.

We can help you gain the competitive edge by having training in place to assist your investing in people or requirements for bidding or procurement. Elite Training South West Ltd Beaufort House are avid believers in increasing your inclusivity, capacity and productivity and we strive to assist you in building a culture of safety in the workplace.

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Still a few spaces left for our 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work course next week (£75 p/p). Please feel free to contact me for further information. ... See MoreSee Less

Still a few spaces left for our 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work course next week (£75 p/p). Please feel free to contact me for further information.

Huge honour and immensely proud of Elite Training South West's owner Mike Baker on receiving the following invitation, well done Mike!

Dear Mike,

Since March, my team and I have very much enjoyed liaising with you and discovering more about Elite Training South West. I feel that the insight you possess could continue to be of great value to MPs, ministers and senior figures within the civil service.

I would therefore like to invite you to become a Parliamentary Review Member.

Our members include a number of current and former MPs, ministers, members of the House of Lords and figures from a range of industries.
We meet at least once a year to discuss parliament and politics from the point of view of business. We also hold other events and meetings and our Members are consulted on all major parliamentary motions, with a view to informing both houses.

The Parliamentary Review is apolitical but unashamedly pro-business and our Members are able to play a key role in ensuring that members of parliament are more informed of industry-specific concerns before they propose or debate legislation that will affect these industries.

For all Members who are not themselves current or former Members of the House of Commons or Lords, the benefits and responsibilities are as follows:

A Real Voice in Parliament

• Parliamentary Review Members are able to view and vote on any major bill going through parliament. The results of our Members polls, and their opinions, are disseminated to relevant MPs, ministers and committees.
• This is unique to Parliamentary Review Members; there is nowhere else online that hosts this feature.
• Following a discussion, we can write to MPs or ministers on our Members behalf to express support, concern or criticism regarding particular government policies or legislations going through the Commons or Lords.
• Members are provided with access to the best means of contacting ministers and other key parliamentary and governmental figures.
• We are able to provide Members with advice and private research on any issue pertaining to parliament or specific pieces of legislation. This can be over the phone, in person or via written reports.
• Each Member has a dedicated Parliamentary Review special advisor who is able to commission research on their behalf and answer any questions they may have.

Parliamentary Review Memberships are only offered to individuals who can make a genuine difference to the future of their industry. This does not mean our Members are exclusively from large organisations, it simply means that they have the requisite determination and depth of understanding to effectively inform the nation’s key policy makers. Based on the work you have contributed to The Parliamentary Review already, I have no doubt that you possess these qualities.

There has been no moment in this nation’s recent history where it has been so crucial for Parliamentarians to listen to the voice of business and individuals like you. It is our determination to ensure that they do exactly that and we will be seeking to place Parliamentary Review Members, and their expertise, at the forefront of the debate that shapes the next generation of politics in this country.
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Congratulations Mike on behalf of Glenorchy Work Club, Exmouth.

Well done Mikey b,always knew you would go far x

2 months ago

Elite Training South West Ltd

Many thanks for all the recent likes. Please feel free to contact Mike directly mike.baker@elitetrainingsouthwest.co.uk with any comments. ... See MoreSee Less

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