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People 1st International is an industry-led skills expert.

We support businesses in the UK and internationally to build, develop and retain skilled workforces.

We’re a trusted partner to employers, industry bodies, skills organisations, donor funders, NGOs investment banks and governments, with over 50 years’ experience in skills development and technical vocational education and training.

Our practical, employer-led solutions are created in response to industry needs, using our unparalleled insight into the current and future skills priorities. We’re passionate about transforming skills and our experts work collaboratively with industry, governments and stakeholders to provide tailored support and facilitate responsive solutions to workforce challenges.


Five ways we support you

  • Enabling collaboration: We bring together industry, associations, national stakeholders and governments with a passion for skills development to work collaboratively to identify the skills priorities for the sector and create industry-endorsed strategies that develop skilled and valued workforces. The connections we forge between employers and education help align skills to businesses' needs, ensuring an excellent source of future talent.
  • Workforce intelligence: Our deep insights into the current and future skills needs are fostered out of the strong relationships we hold with industry to give us real-time intelligence into the workforce disruptions and challenges, innovative approaches and practical solutions industry needs.
  • Expert consultancy: Our team of expert international consultants support countries with a true thirst for professional development, who are passionate about helping young people, challenging social and gender exclusion, addressing the barriers to work and supporting continuous professional development of the existing workforce. We specialise in developing TVET strategies, helping to set out the strategic direction of skills development at an industry, local, regional or national level. For a sectoral approach to skills, drawing on best practice developed over 15 years, we advise on the best approaches to skills academy and sector skills council models
  • Creating industry standards: We are at the forefront of developing apprenticeships, professional and occupational standards, working with employers to define the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for today’s industry. Uniquely, we also support industry in maintaining the ongoing quality of standards and apprenticeships through robust quality assurance models.
  • Practical, responsive solutions: As the industry expert in skills, we offer a wide range of support and sustainable, practical solutions that are developed in collaboration with employers to help businesses maximise the potential of their workforce. Our products and services, such as our WorldHost programme, career pathway tool and suite of training and assessment services are trusted by organisations globally to deliver results through an innovative, human and transformative approach. We also help build and sustain high quality, knowledgeable and occupationally competent training and assessment teams, building capacity and capability.


People 1st International is part of a growing group of like-minded organisations, that make up The Workforce Development Trust, dedicated to people, skills and qualifications that best serve the workforce and the public. Our group also includes Skills for JusticeSFJ Awards and Skills for Health. As a group, we are certified with ISO27001, following an information security audit by a UKAS Accredited Auditor.

Our history

Our expertise as an employer-led skills and quality assurance expert has been built over five decades.

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