Helping employers attract new talent and develop their workforce

People 1st is the skills and workforce development charity for employers in the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel, passenger transport and retail industries focusing on transforming skills in the sector through the development of effective recruitment, training and talent management solutions.

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Our work in practice

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A decade of success

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People 1st Employment Academies help hospitality employers fill over 5,000 vacancies

The results were achieved in partnership with local training providers and Jobcentres through People 1st’s ‘employment academies’, which have helped employers find team members with specific hospitality industry skills.


People 1st secures funding to help retail businesses develop female talent

Workforce and skills development charity, People 1st, has successfully gained government funding to provide retail employers with subsidised training and mentoring for women working in their businesses.


The People 1st Apprenticeship Awards are now open for entries

Nominations are now open for the People 1st Apprenticeship Awards 2014/2015. The awards will celebrate the achievements of apprentices, employers, providers and mentors in the hospitality, passenger transport, retail and travel industries.


Retail trailblazer set to develop two new apprenticeship standards

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that the retail trailblazer, led by the Co-operative and managed by People 1st, will continue to develop standards in phase 3 of the government’s apprenticeship reforms.