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**Update 30 April 2018**

Following the acquisition by the Workforce Development Trust (see press release published 30 April) People 1st continues to trade and operates as a standalone legal entity focussing on its key sector activities including apprenticeships, external quality assurance, accreditation services and work in the devolved nations and international markets.

All of the following activities continue to be delivered:

  • International projects
  • Activities in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Provision of manuals and certificates for People 1st training products for existing licensed associates 
  • College accreditation, AA rosette scheme and AA college restaurant of the year
  • Support for trailblazers
  • External quality assurance visits

In relation to External Quality Assurance, People 1st is in communication with the Institute for Apprenticeships to provide information regarding its new ownership.

The People 1st UK strategy will continue to be firmly based on the priorities of the visitor economy sector including retail. Critically, it is important to note that the Workforce Development Trust is a not for profit company committed to helping organisations raise performance and outcome through the development of their workforce. As part of the same skills network for many years, the Workforce Development Trust has an understanding, knowledge and regard for what People 1st has achieved, particularly over the past four years, and was therefore keen to enable our work for the sector to continue.

If you have an enquiry please contact info@people1st.co.uk

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Withdrawal of apprenticeship pathways

As a result of our sector consultation, and communication with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), People 1st is extending the withdrawal date of apprenticeships pathways for hospitality, travel, bus and coach, retail, funeral services and aviation as outlined here.

These dates are final with exception of the three highlighted pathways where the replacement standards are currently being developed and are subject to approval. Any queries regarding this announcement should be directed to trailblazer@people1st.co.uk