Working with our partner organisations we provide vocational and corporate training and consultancy across Northern Ireland. We are a major contract holder for the Department for Economy and Department for Communities, offering a range of occupational training and qualifications to over 2,500 learners per year.
Established in 1992 as Dairy Farm Training with a staff of 2 on one site, the company now has 106 staff and over 60 associates across seven sites in Northern Ireland, and three in Donegal.
The organisation has grown to become an award-winning employment and learning organisation offering government funded training, employment support initiatives and corporate training solutions. With vast experience in the design, development and accreditation of training, qualifications and quality marks, People 1st have had over 57,000 learners achieving accredited qualifications.
The company is proud to have worked successfully with some leading employers throughout Ireland. At the forefront of the organisation is its commitment to working with community based providers to provide access to qualification and learning opportunities to those in need.
The company’s commitment to excellence has been reflected in the recent awards received including Deloitte Best Managed Company Ireland and Investors in People Gold Standard.
Managing Director, Bernadette Daly said at a recent celebration event,
“Over the last 25 years we have worked hard to help our clients see their ambitions become reality and we look forward to the continuation of this in years to come.’’
ApprenticeshipsNI - for adults aged 16 – 24 who are employed and want to upskill and obtain accreditation in their occupational area
Training for Success - for 16 - 18 year olds, equipping them with the skills and qualifications required for the workplace
LEMIS+ - an initiative designed to help unemployed people in the community overcome those issues that may be preventing them from finding and keeping a job.
Community Family Support Programme - supports families as they make life changing decisions to improve their everyday lives. It's delivered by family support workers in the heart of the community.
Through these and our extensive range of bespoke corporate training, People 1st meets the needs of a diverse range of customers, including 800+ private, public and third sector businesses, school leavers and jobseekers.
We have three offices in Belfast (Malone, Ormeau and Stewartstown Road), as well as offices in Lisburn, Banbridge and Newry. We extend our services across Northern Ireland through strategic partnerships.
The range of qualities which set our company apart are captured in our company values
Company Mission Statement
‘See your ambition become reality’