About Placer

Placer helps young people leave education into apprenticeships and work with our Placer Skills Academy and Placer Talent Network.

Placer Skills Academy delivers CPD-accredited online employability courses in partnership so that every school, college, university and NEET project can train their young people with the mindset and behaviours needed to thrive in the modern workplace. You can browse our CPD-accredited employability courses on our website.

Placer Talent Network matches early careers recruiters from employers and apprenticeship training providers with young talent who have completed our advanced Accredited Work Skills training programme, demonstrating they are work ready.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more and a member of our team will be in touch.

Latest News

Placer Welcomes Kelly Nicholls as New Director of Partnerships

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Kelly Nicholls as the Director of Partnerships. In her new role, Kelly will leverage her extensive experience in the education and skills sector to drive strategic partnerships and enhance Placer’s position as an industry leader.

Kelly Nicholls joins Placer with a proven track record of success, having most recently served as the CEO of TechSkills, where she played a pivotal role in shaping and executing the company’s vision. Her wealth of knowledge and accomplishments in the education sector make her a valuable addition to the Placer team.

“Placer is excited to welcome Kelly Nicholls as our new Director of Partnerships. With her strong leadership skills and deep understanding of the education and skills sector, Kelly is well-positioned to drive collaboration and foster meaningful partnerships that will contribute to our continued growth and success,”
David Barker, Founder and CEO of Placer.

Placer founder voted one of the UK’s most exciting social entrepreneurs!

The UK Social Entrepreneur Index is a celebration of entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes, with the aim of providing recognition whilst also acting as a benchmark for good practice to inspire the next generation.

Our founder and CEO David Barker won this award after successfully innovating and delivering the Accredited Work Skills programme to help upskill more young people into work.

You can find out more about the Social Entrepreneur Index on their website here.

Latest Testimonials

"By completing these courses, I discovered how to thrive in the workplace and what mindset and behaviours to have. Employers can see I have training in these vital skill sets thanks to being CPD-accredited, which I can use for future opportunities."
Shayhana McGowan
La Retraite T-Levels Student
"You have ensured our T Level students are fully work ready when they begin their industry placement. The courses are CPD accredited which enhances the students CV for future employment opportunities. Highly recommended"
Ruth Coyle
Director of La Retraite Sixth Form

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