About Aspire Education Academy

Aspire. It’s what we do.

Aspire was formed in 2010 by ex-professional footballer John Lewis and professional football fitness coach, Jason Murphy. Their aim was to provide engaging, fun and rewarding courses for people who were unfortunate enough to have found themselves out of work and not in education or training.

Their goal has enabled thousands of learners to achieve qualifications, ranging from Activity Leadership to Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Over 250 learners have achieved Teaching Assistant Qualifications and thousands of job seekers have completed our Aspire 2 Work programme. Over 15 of these have gone on to gain employment within Aspire and pass on their new skills to other job seekers!

We have formed excellent relations with many key partners within the education system to enhance the opportunities for our learners, such as Cognassist, BKSB, and OneFile.
We continue to grow and adapt to the needs of employers, learners, and job seekers to provide a tailored service to fit in with your needs. Whether you are a company looking for training providers for your levy account, a company looking to upskill your existing workforce or employ a new apprentice, or whether you are interested in how Aspire 2 Work can provide training for job seekers, then Aspire will provide you with high quality, learner-focused education across the UK.
We wish to continue our success, aspiring to be one of the country’s leading providers of adult education and an institution that both learners and employers can trust.

Our Short History

(2010) Born as Aspire Sporting Academy, Aspire was formed by ex-professional football player John Lewis and professional football fitness coach Jason Murphy. Their aim was to provide engaging, fun and rewarding courses for people who were unfortunate enough to have found themselves out of work, not in education or training.

(2010) Aspire2Work – Pre-employment courses

The model was simple. Using sport as a vehicle to build confidence, self-esteem and belief in each learner whilst also giving them qualifications that would provide a platform to pursue further education or employment.

(2013) Apprenticeships

Having an adaptable approach meant Apprenticeships were the natural progression. Aspire has become one of the leading deliverers of apprenticeship training in the North-West and this continues to grow.


Aspire has a passion for recruiting from within our courses, so successful is this blueprint that Aspire has grown from a team of 2 to 40 people in just over 4 years. 

Our Missions and Values

MISSION and VISION: To inspire everyone to realise their full potential by providing training and opportunities to improve quality of life through employment and skills.

VALUES: The values of Aspire Education Academy shape our business and are communicated through:    

An Excellent Service; To deliver an outstanding service to all our customers and stakeholders. To sustain high success rates and outcomes for learners delivering business solutions to our customers.

Sustainable Growth; To achieve and maintain exceptional levels of performance, which will drive the sustainable growth of our business and enhance our geographical footprint and product offer to support local, regional and national economies.      

Product Development; Offering tailored business solutions through a diverse range of products designed to meet the ever-changing workforce to become the provider of choice.    

Innovate and Create; To be at the forefront of innovative approaches to develop, deliver and promote learning solutions that encourage engagement and participation for all in education, training and provide career progression opportunities.

Raising Talent and Culture; To create a supportive and nurturing environment through investment in our people. To develop a diverse, skilled, talented and productive workforce. Our Talent will “Aspire” to be the best that they can be to truly proud of the impact they make on the lives of others.

Economic and Social Wellbeing; To assist in the development of a highly skilled workforce to create a positive impact on the economy through partnerships with employers and local referral agencies supporting career and life opportunities for the wellbeing of local communities.


We are leading deliverers of apprenticeships in Manchester, but not only this, with Aspire you can apply for apprenticeships all over Lancashire. For the best foot on the ladder, and opportunities for apprenticeships in Liverpool and the North West - apply with Aspire.

Allow us to give you the tools to help yourself, with our apprenticeship vacancies in Manchester.

We offer advice on becoming a personal trainer in Manchester when you enroll in our pt courses in Bury. However long you have wanted to be a personal fitness trainer in Bury, we can start you on the road to success. Our personal trainer qualifications in Stockport and across Manchester are accredited and approved by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), leaving you well placed for personal training jobs in Manchester.

We offer Highfield accredited Health and Safety training for businesses spanning a wide variety of essential training. Health and Safety at work in Bury and across Lancashire is essential for any operating business.

Our range of accredited courses includes Risk Assessment in Manchester -run workshops, Health and Safety in Schools in Stockport and across Manchester, Emergency First Aid at Work in Manchester, Manual Handling Training in Stockport and beyond, COSHH training in Manchester, as well as Paediatric First Aid in Lancashire and Manchester.

Whatever you need to keep your staff on top of health and safety regulations, or even just a first aid refresher course, as is annually required by law, you can book a course from Aspire!

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Get in Contact

Call us: 0161 705 4300

E-mail us: info@aspireeducationacademy.co.uk

Address: Aspire Education Academy, Imperial House, Hornby Street, Bury, BL9 5BN

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