Independent work-based training provider Babington is acquiring a majority share of PeoplePlus’s apprenticeship business.

Sheffield-based PeoplePlus employs around 100 staff across England and Scotland and has almost 2,000 learners.

Part of Staffline Group, PeoplePlus agreed the divestment as part of a strategic refocus on its core markets of employability and adult skills, where it is a major provider of services to central and devolved government.

Babington chief executive David Marsh said: “After discussions with PeoplePlus we have confirmed that we share common values and vision about how we can develop better futures and deliver to our customers. It has become clear this is not just a great business fit, but also a great cultural one.”

“We are therefore incredibly excited about the potential this unlocks for us in the years to come, providing ongoing commitment and support to employees, employers and learners. By bringing the apprenticeship arm of PeoplePlus into the Babington family, it strengthens our strategic aims to focus on certain customer sectors and further develops our capabilities in digital and data, as well as financial services, logistics and our continued investment in professional services such as leadership and management.”

Simon Rouse, group managing director of PeoplePlus, added: “In common with most organisations, we have been reviewing our market strategies in response to the impact of Covid-19.”

Babington is headquartered in Birmingham.

Date published: 30 November 2020

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