Celebrating 200 years: Efficiency, Empowerment and Employment
The legacy of Sir Isaac Pitman
“Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind”
True to his word, Sir Isaac Pitman spent his ‘well-arranged’ life working to improve the efficiency and productivity of the office workforce. He had a robust career history as : astronomy lecturer, temperance worker, preacher, president of the vegetarian society, and most notably the creator of Pitman Shorthand. He developed this further with the introduction of Pitman Secretarial Colleges, which evolved to become Pitman Training in the early 1990’s.
As we mark Sir Isaac Pitman’s 200th Birthday (January 4th 2013), we thought we’d take you through a look at his legacy in more detail:
Pitman shorthand (http://www.pitman-training.ie/Courses/courseDetail/shorthand-fast
) transformed how we record speech and thoughts in the English language, and subsequently it had a huge influence on revolutionising journalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. Still used today, the shorthand technique has adapted and evolved over the years and now works to help thousands of businesses and individuals worldwide improve their productivity and efficiency..
Current careers using this ‘time saving tool’ include: journalists, PAs (http://www.pitman-training.ie/Courses/courseDetail/executive-pa-diploma)
, Minute Takers (http://www.pitman-training.ie/Courses/courseDetail/successful-meetings-and-minutes)
and students in higher education, as it’s a great way to take notes when attending seminars.
Roles for Women in the Workplace:
He helped provide women with a form of empowerment through the establishment of secure office based careers such as Typists, Secretaries and Personal Assistants. This was particularly crucial after the First World War, with many women attending the learning innovation of the time - Pitman Secretarial Colleges. He gave women an identity and purpose, beyond that of a housewife, which has led to many modifications of the role of women within the workplace today..
Today, Pitman Training centres support males and females in their career paths – enabling many to fulfil their ambitions.
For Sir Isaac Pitman, this ‘childhood dream’ became a reality, and a very ‘well organised’ one, as you can imagine! Pitman considered his role in helping people gain skills and employment as “belonging not to time but eternity”, and it is this belief that has kept his legacy firmly rooted within training for employment.
What can be seen from his legacy is the role that education has to play in supporting and developing careers as well as individual’s development. Evident to this day, Sir Isaac Pitman developed a system which has evolved over the years, but stays true to its original intentions – training is for life, personal growth, and a ‘tool’ to help you achieve your goals.
A 200 year old legacy lives on
With his place in history as an inventor and innovator, Sir Isaac Pitman’s heritage still lives on today and his impact on the working world has reached thousands of people worldwide. His memorial plaque on the north wall of Bath Abbey reads, "His aims were steadfast, his mind original, his work prodigious, the achievement world-wide. His life was ordered in service to God and duty to man."
We are very proud to continue to develop his legacy and to have such an amazing wealth of heritage behind us.
How has training helped you achieve your goals?
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