Recruitment giant joins forces with Kickstart2employment to deliver skills to industry and target unemployment
(Posted on 30/10/17)
gap Personnel Group, one of the UK’s largest independent providers of labour services, has acquired a stake in Kickstart2Employment.
Both organisations are aiming to address a 42-year low in unemployment and deliver on the newly-introduced Apprenticeship Levy by providing quality training that will benefit customers and clients across a range of vocational sectors.
As a leading exponent of labour services, gap Personnel has made the investment as part of its continuing growth strategy.
The two firms will support customers that require innovative training and employment solutions with a ‘one-stop managed service’, allowing them to work with a single provider and an appointed account manager for all requirements.
Mark Roberts, Managing Director of gap Personnel Group, said: “This is an exciting new chapter for the two companies and one that we see as adding significant benefits to both our candidates and customers. While it underpins our recruitment, retention and training aspirations, it ensures candidates experience a far broader range of training and development, which is essential in the current labour market.
“Industry is looking for improved productivity that can be achieved through workforce development, which is the core focus of this new strategic partnership. Having worked alongside Kickstart2Employment for a number of years, where the company has always delivered exceptional results, we are confident our investment will ensure more businesses achieve their workforce objectives.”
Having been awarded a place on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), Kickstart2employemnt can now deliver apprenticeships on behalf of levy paying employers across England in addition to its existing arrangements in Wales.
Julian Hughes, Managing Director of Kickstart2Employment, said the partnership will lay the foundations for generations of skilled workers across the UK.
He added: “We are delighted to join forces with gap Personnel and believe their investment will allow us to grow further in the years to come.
“It is our aim to develop a single provision which can cater for the specific training needs of employers in what is a rapidly changing economic climate.
“Our delivery teams are looking forward to working with one of the most established recruitment companies in the UK.”
The investment has also facilitated merging the two companies’ existing commercial training businesses. The amalgamation will create a national provider of skills training for the key sectors in which gap operates to deliver programmes such as Fork Lift Truck, Driver CPC, Health & Safety, Manual Handling and Food Handler qualifications.
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