PeoplePlus, the leading adult skills and training provider in the UK, has announced that it has engaged former Barclays Head of Early Career Programmes, Mike Thompson, to work alongside the organisation as a Strategic Adviser.

Thompson managed the award-winning Barclays Apprenticeship and Undergraduate Programmes and is a Member of the government’s Apprenticeship Delivery Board.

He will play a strategic role in shaping PeoplePlus’ growing Apprenticeship portfolio, and in particular, its Financial Services standards which already support a number of leading clients in the sector, notably Lloyds Banking Group.

Mike will also join PeoplePlus’ External Quality Board, which provides an external perspective on the delivery of all learning programmes.

Speaking about his new role, Thompson commented: 

“I am delighted to be able to work with an organisation that is making such a difference to people’s lives through the work it does in apprenticeships and skills. I look forward to helping Peopleplus to build on its strength within the financial services sector and its other key markets and to develop new, innovative solutions for its clients, now and into the future.”

Simon Rouse, Managing Director of PeoplePlus Group said of Thompson’s appointment:

“We are delighted to have someone with Mike’s unique experience joining to advise us.  These are exciting times for PeoplePlus as we continue to grow across all our chosen sectors as we help people to transform their lives, get jobs and keep jobs, and develop their careers.  It is our belief that external insight and challenge is crucial to our passion to be delivering the highest quality learning experience on all our programmes.  Mike’s unparalleled experience and insight will help us set our sights higher and support our mission to make a direct difference to the lives of 1 million people by 2022 .”

About PeoplePlus: The leading adult skills and training provider in the UK, delivering apprenticeships, adult education, prison education and skills-based employability programmes across the country
  • Education and Training – market leading provider of training courses for private sector Apprenticeships (both Levy and non-Levy) and Government funded Adult Skills programmes.
  • Employability – top quartile performer, supporting Government programmes providing back-to-work education and support services to the unemployed.
  • Justice and Community – education and training services for prisoners and ex-offenders, as well as individual support services for carers and people with disabilities, both at home and in the work place.

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