Pitman Training claims northerners are more keen to use training to get on in their careers than their southern counterparts.
It bases this claim on an analysis of courses taken at its 80 UK centres during 2005 and the attitudes of delegates and students towards training.
The company found that 60% of take-up of new courses in 2005 occurred in the North, which Pitman defines as those centres located north of Nottingham. Centres in Wales were deemed to be in the south of the country.
It also said delegates and students who attended courses at its northern training centres were more likely to use their training to progress within the organisation they worked for. Most of their counterparts who attended centres in the south wanted to use their training and newly-acquired skills to help them get a better job with a new employer.