Charity announce the purchase of People 1st

It has been reported that The Workforce Development Trust has bought up the apprenticeships division of People 1st, after it went out of business last week,

The deal, announced on Monday 30th April, means that People 1st will continue to deliver apprenticeship external quality assurance under its new owners.

The employment and learning consultancy charity’s demise, confirmed on Thursday morning, sent shockwaves across the sector.

It was one of five EQA providers approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships, and covered ten popular standards in the retail, hospitality and travel sectors.

It says that WDT has acquired “key strategic elements” of People 1st which will allow the employment and learning consultancy charity to “continue as a standalone organisation”.

The Workforce Development Trust is made up of Skills for Health, Skills for Justice, the National Skills Academy for Health and SFJ Awards, an awarding organisation.

Skills for Health was originally the sector skills council for the health sector, while Skills for Justice was the sector skills council for the justice sector. The two merged in 2015, and have been involved in developing apprenticeship standards for their sectors.