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People 1st gold standard apprenticeship providers

If you’re looking for a training provider to help you recruit, train and retain apprentices in your business, our network of employer-endorsed gold standard apprenticeship providers is here to help meet your needs.

Current People 1st gold standard apprenticeship providers:

Map Key  Gold standard apprenticeship provider Hospitality accredited provider

Cardiff & Vale College

Hospitality accredited provider

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City College Norwich

Hospitality accredited provider

The Hotel School is a great introduction to a career in hospitality and catering, offering you award-winning training environments, such as our highly acclaimed Debut restaurant that celebrates a prestigious AA Highly Commended Rosette award.

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Cornwall College

Hospitality accredited provider

Cornwall College is one of the largest colleges in the UK. The hospitality and catering department provides training and education to young people, individuals, employees and employers across the range of hospitality businesses operating within the region. 

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Hertford Regional College

Hospitality accredited provider

Herford Regional College is based over two campus and has 20 curriculum areas that offer a wide range of vocational qualifications.

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Milton Keynes College

Hospitality accredited provider

At Milton Keynes College we have well-equipped kitchens and an award-winning restaurant, The Brasserie, which currently holds AA College Rosette: Highly Commended status in addition to gold accreditation from People 1st, recognising the outstanding levels of training alongside excellent service.

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New City College

Hospitality accredited provider

Welcome to east London’s newest and largest college. Created by the merger of Hackney Community College, Redbridge College and Tower Hamlets College.

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Newcastle College

Hospitality accredited provider

Newcastle College serves over 20,000 learners from its main Rye Hill campus in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne and prides itself on the breadth and depth of its course provision.

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Peterborough Regional College

Hospitality accredited provider

Peterborough Regional College courses span from one-day food safety courses designed for anyone wishing to work in the hospitality industry preparing and cooking food, to level 3 advanced professional cookery courses and hospitality services.

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Runshaw College

Hospitality accredited provider

Runshaw is a large sixth form college in central Lancashire, offering both, A level and vocational qualifications. We have an award-winning training restaurant called Foxholes, which has been established for over 30 years. Our ethos has always been that we take pride in quality and service.

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Shrewsbury College

Hospitality accredited provider

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Truro and Penwith College

Hospitality accredited provider

We are an FE college with campuses in Truro and Penzance, and are rated by Ofsted as Outstanding. We offer full and part-time courses at both sites and the full range of hospitality apprenticeships throughout Cornwall.

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University College Birmingham (College of Food)

Hospitality accredited provider

University College Birmingham (UCB) is an internationally-renowned provider of a broad range of hospitality-related courses, ranging from professional cookery, bakery and patisserie to hospitality and tourism management.

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West Suffolk College

Hospitality accredited provider

West Suffolk College is on a mission to be the best college in the UK 

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Westminster Kingsway College

Gold standard apprenticeship provider

Westminster Kingsway College is a further education college in central London, with centres in Kings Cross and Regents Park in Camden, together with Victoria and Soho centres in Westminster.

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Westminster Kingsway College

Hospitality accredited provider

Our institution is one of the main contributors to sustainable economic growth in this sector and is widely recognised as being integral and a supportive element of the food industry.

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What is a gold standard apprenticeship provider?

On a daily basis, employers ask us: “how can I tell if an apprenticeship provider is good”? Our gold standard makes this simple, saving you precious time and resources when you’re looking for an excellent provider partner.

Every single one of our gold standard providers is rigorously assessed, and regularly reviewed, on its ability to deliver an outstanding service to employers.

When you choose to work with one of our gold standard providers, you’ll know that they:

  • Work to an agreed and consistent service level
  • Deliver responsive, flexible programmes
  • Will reduce the burden on your business and ensure that their apprenticeship training delivers measurable results that your business will value
  • Are committed to – and passionate about – raising professionalism across the visitor economy sector
  • Will work in collaboration with other apprenticeship partners to achieve the best results for your business
  • Stay one step ahead of the evolving policy, business and economic landscape
What’s the difference between a gold standard apprenticeship provider, and the providers on the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP)?

Any provider that wants to deliver apprenticeships must be on the RoATP before they can be paid public funding to do so. As such, all of our gold standard apprenticeship providers will also be listed on the register.

A gold standard provider has gone through an assessment with People 1st that focuses specifically on the quality of service they give to employers, the results they deliver and how proactive they are at staying abreast of apprenticeship developments and best practice.

Put simply – providers on the RoATP have proven that they are suitable to operate as a training provider. People 1st gold standard providers have proven that they are able to deliver outstanding service that will help businesses achieve the best return on investment into apprenticeships.

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What businesses say:

“When we were choosing a training provider to deliver our new apprenticeship programme, we only considered those that held the People 1st gold standard. We knew it would give us another level of quality assurance on top of simply being listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, so we insisted that they had to have that stamp of approval.”

Tracey Anderson, Performance and Development Manager, Center Parcs

"Being assured of quality is really key. For us, not having tons of experience of working with apprenticeship providers, the People 1st gold standard was a real seal of confidence so we knew we didn't have to worry about that. It allowed us to focus on finding the right cultural fit for our organisation." 

Carly Fish, Skills and Education Lead, Nando's