Let’s go back to the beginning.
It all circulates back 25 years ago; when we were just a small office with a big passion. A driving passion to help organisations and their people develop, learn and grow. In the early years of Premier Partnership when it was established 25 years ago, we were focused on helping organisations of all sizes with recruitment, employment law, organisational design and learning. It soon became apparent that the latter was where our talents laid, and early development projects included Managing Attendance for 6,000 managers in the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP). This was promptly followed by a large programme training 13,000 managers in the DWP on Stress Management.
Alan Woodcock, Founding Director at Premier Partnership, says: “Helping the Civil Service to reduce stress at work and reduce absenteeism on a programme of this scale helped us realise that we could help the public sector significantly and successfully tackle large national development programmes.”
With our credibility established with the Civil Service, we were selected to support the transfer of talent from other government departments into the newly created Pension Service. We designed a suite of 13 learning products to ensure it had the skill to deliver world class customer service to its diverse service users. Many more UK wide projects supporting the public sector followed, resulting in the training of over 4 million learners in more than 300 organisations.
In 2013, we became the sole supplier to the ESPO Managed Training Service Framework, positioning us to provide a complete service in relation to all (or the majority) of training requirements to any public sector organisation in the UK. The ESPO Framework required a significant expansion of our supply chain which is now capable of meeting every possible learning need. Jean Harrison, Finance and HR Director at Premier Partnership, explains: “We have been privileged in retaining a cohort of motivated, loyal, conscientious professionals to help deliver an exceptional service and maintain this consistent growth.”
The technological solutions we have launched to support clients using the framework include a bespoke Learning Management System (LMS), Virtual Reality learning, gamification projects and a learning portal currently handling 23,000 learners. We feel that the one thing that sets us apart from other providers was our decision to employ a team of Account Directors who are experienced learning consultants. This ensures they can work in partnership with the development experts at our client organisations and support the complete journey from identifying development need to evaluating the impact of the learning. They work in conjunction with our extensive supply chain to remove all the barriers to delivering transformational training. Sarah Sutton, Learning and Development Manager at Oxfordshire County Council, comments: “The Premier Partnership team are very responsive to bespoke requirements and negate the need for me to spend a lot of time negotiating with suppliers on planned learning activity. They have been efficient, helpful and dedicated to ensure Oxfordshire delivers a timely and professional training service to all staff.”
David Pearson, Premier Partnership’s Managing Director, says: “Winning the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Outstanding Training Provider of the Year has been a highlight for me amongst the large number of awards we have picked up over the years, and we eagerly await the outcome of our nomination for the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development’s (CIPD) Best Public Sector L&D Initiative.” He added: “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary and continued growth, our journey goes on. None of the above would have been possible without the belief, support and passion of our clients, colleagues and suppliers and we thank you for your continued confidence.”