International consultancy

With our extensive experience, we operate our consultancy beyond the UK, and our work to transform skills, training and professional standards has reached many nations around the world.

We’ve worked in partnership with a range of governments and industry stakeholders in numerous countries including Panama, Croatia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

We offer a range of our core people & development consultancy services in an international context, providing bespoke solutions to specific organisations, sectors and destinations.

Our consultancy solutions have added value and deliver important social and employment benefits through:

  • Research and skills gap analysis
  • People and development strategies (including policy, legislation, institutional change)
  • Skills academy models and training programmes
  • Sustainability (including vocational and educational training, sector skills council development, qualifications and standards development)
  • Career guidance and pathways
  • Quality, relevant speakers, trainers and conference support


"The information, guidance and expertise provided by People 1st enabled the Armenian stakeholders to formulate overall role, vision, mission, as well as core remit, coverage, focus of the Sector Skills Development foundations. This provides a solid basis for addressing the VET policy of the country whilst also developing quick business orientated skills solutions."
Gayane Serobyan, GIZ Programme Expert - TVET and Employment Promotion

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“The British Council is supporting Azerbaijan ministry reforms in TVET and working in particular in employer engagement and curriculum planning. One of the pilot areas is in the tourism sector; if Azerbaijan is to see its tourism market thrive, then public bodies need to listen to the employers, and the industry needs young people with the skills and education that match their needs. People 1st provided us with the expertise to train our trainers that allowed us to set up traineeships and apprenticeships, allowing us to share UK experience in TVET and tourism in particular with the sector in Azerbaijan"

British Council, Azerbaijan

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"If we are to add value to our tourism product and capture a larger share of the global market then we need to ensure that our tourism businesses are performing as well as our competitors. Matching the skills required by business will bring jobs, investment and prosperity. Our colleges are now listening and acting upon the needs of our local employers and sending out students with the appropriate skills and qualifications."
Government of Belize

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"The Mall of Arabia was very keen to run the Five Star Service Programme and remind staff of the importance of proper customer service and its return to their businesses, there is great interest from tenants to send their staff to training that’s being operated by the Mall, especially when its customised and localised for the Mall itself. We had some good feedback from store owners and HR managers about the impact of the training on the staff and we have also been receiving positive feedback from mall visitors."
Zeina Abdel Azim, Customer Experience Manager

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Western Balkans

"With the help and expertise of People 1st, we have now identified a range of projects to take forward. The reform process is underway across the region and we can see very encouraging results. Managing such a diverse group has it’s challenges but People 1st has contributed a great deal of experience and hands on knowledge in order for solutions to be developed"

Aleksandar Borisavljevic, Business Development Manager, British Council, Serbia

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"People 1st provided the expertise that is enabling us to set up a new sector skills council for tourism and hospitality. Our visit to the UK was most informative and helped shape our thinking. We are now implementing our plans and will draw on the expertise of People 1st to help us improve the education of our young people so that it matches the requirements of industry."

Sarah Parvez, Head of Higher Education and Skills, British Council Pakistan

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"In its mission to make the ITSE project a reality, the Panamanian Government has made the decision to apply only the best practices in technical education and learn from those who have achieved great success in this sphere. In this matter, People 1st has provided the support and information required to implement ITSE. Their expertise has been of a great value."

Ing. Maria Lourdes Peralta, Phd, Instituto Tecnico Superior del Este

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