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What we do

We partner with industry, development banks, government agencies, NGOs and private sector businesses to create sustainable approaches to workforce development.

Providing consultancy, research and training solutions globally, we have over 50 years’ experience in developing effective skills models and technical vocational education and training (TVET) strategies that foster positive change.

Building on our heritage as a sector skills council, we are proud to have worked in more than 50 countries to deliver collaborative and responsive solutions that challenge social and gender exclusion, address the barriers to work and support continuous professional development.

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Economic & 
social inclusion

Research, frameworks, toolkits and training to drive sustainable change to gender equality and social inclusion at an organisational, sectoral or 
regional level. Learn more
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TVET policy & 

Policy development and strategic planning of skills to build thriving technical vocational training and education systems that align to industry needs and promote economic growth. Learn more
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Capability & capacity building

Skills models, standards and curriculum development to build the capability and capacity of local experts and drive sustainable approaches to skills development. Learn more
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Skills solutions

Globally recognised training programmes and skills solutions to maximise the potential of the workforce and foster professional development. Learn more
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Who we help

Funders & collaborative partners

We partner with development banks, government development agencies, NGOs, consultancy agents and partnership brokers on solutions to build skilled, productive and inclusive workforces, support business growth and foster economic and social inclusion. Our team of skills and TVET experts hold an unparalleled level of strategic and operational expertise to help design and implement sustainable approaches to skills and TVET.

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Who we help

Industry & private sector businesses

We support businesses to attract, develop and retain skilled workforces. Our expert consultancy and globally recognised training solutions help build high-performing teams to support business growth and productivity. Our practical, responsive solutions are developed in collaboration with employers to help businesses maximise the potential of their workforce.

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Who we help

Colleges & TVET providers

We work with colleges & technical vocational education and training providers to help enhance the provision they offer and strengthen industry engagement. Our team of TVET and curriculum experts support with curriculum development and building the capability and capacity of TVET practitioners. We offer a range of accreditation services and offer access to proven, off-the-shelf solutions to enhance their commercial offer.

Our client partners

Our client partners are at the core of everything we do – from developing innovative skills solutions to addressing pressing business challenges. Our clients include:
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We’ve worked with European Bank for Reconstruction Development (EBRD) on a range of projects to help develop skilled and inclusive workforces. In Egypt, we collaborated with Majid Al Futtaim Group, on a project funded by EBRD and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. The project resulted in the setup of Almaza Recruitment and Training Centre to broaden access to employment and skills for young people and people with disabilities in the local area.
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“ARTC sums up a huge achievement and an important milestone in EBRD’s work on youth and disability inclusion in Egypt. Through Majid Al Futtaim’s vision we were able to build the ambitious and truly exciting Recruitment and Training Centre that EBRD is incredibly proud of. We warmly congratulate People 1st International, Education for Employment Egypt and the HELM Foundation on reaching this important milestone and look forward to following the ARTC story closely in the months and years ahead.” 

Marko Stermšek | Associate, Inclusion Specialist Department of Economics, Policy and Governance, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
We’ve worked with IADB on a range of projects to help develop skilled and inclusive workforces. In Mexico we collaborated to address the economic constraints faced by young people in completing their education and/or accessing employment and to support the improvement of technical and vocational education and employability services.
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“From my experience working closely with People 1st International, I can confidently say that they are a trusted partner for organisations seeking to cultivate a skilled, productive and inclusive workforce. Their commitment to driving positive change through sustainable workforce development practices is evident in their work, making them a leading authority in the field.”

Fernando Yitzack Pavon, Senior Specialist, Skills Development – Labor Markets Division, Inter-American Development Bank
We’ve worked with sequa on a range of projects to help develop skilled and inclusive workforces. In Georgia, we collaborated to strengthen sector skills organisations and support them in developing effective approaches to vocational education and training.
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“Sequa is very grateful for the close and professional cooperation we experienced with People 1st International. They provide a broad range of valuable competences and abilities, with a solid and longstanding experience in the field of vocational education and training. Offering a profound understanding of the needs of the private sector, they offer clear and insightful perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for our sector skills organisations in contributing to a skilled workforce. We look forward to working together in the future.”

Daniel Strube, Client Manager GIZ, sequa
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We’ve worked with the British Council on a range of projects to help develop skilled and inclusive workforces. In Georgia, we collaborated to develop a bespoke traineeship and apprenticeship programme for the hospitality industry, providing opportunities for young people to progress in the sector.
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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.”

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As part of the Skilled Young Palestine project led by Enabel to improve resilience and job opportunities for young people in Palestine, we were commissioned to design a skills development fund and provide coaching in its operationalisation.


Working in partnership with partner EFE Palestine, the coaching covered five areas: successful public private partnerships, quality assurance, recruitment & selection of trainees, gender equality and social inclusion and using labour market intelligence.

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We’ve worked with the GIZ on a range of projects to help develop skilled and inclusive workforces. In Armenia, we collaborated to provide consultancy, guidance and coaching to help set up the tourism and wine production sector skills development centres.
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“The information, guidance and expertise provided by People 1st International 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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Working with Hyatt Regency Cairo West and our partners as part of a project funded by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), we supported the hotel to analyse skills needs, strengthen current training plans, and develop curricula and capacity building programmes to scale up and improve talent.
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“As an organisation, we have had the pleasure of partnering with People 1st International on a project aimed at supporting the development of skilled and inclusive workforces. Their commitment towards supporting businesses and empowering individuals is commendable.”

Robert Marek, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Cairo West

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