Two decades dedicated to unlocking talent and building brighter futures

About Direct Partners

At Direct Partners, our mission is to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity through real work-based learning that offers truly transformational results for both individuals and employers. Recognising that traditional education doesn’t always provide a singular path to a thriving career, we are committed to delivering a versatile, hands-on approach tailored for those starting a career, seeking up-skilling within an existing organisation, or aiming to reskill to meet the demands of emerging tech and data positions.

Our experienced team supports motivated learners into the most suitable training and work-based programmes, while employer partners benefit from professionals who are rigorously trained to industry standards, ensuring they emerge as valuable and effective company assets.

Managed by Direct Partners, this process forms a symbiotic relationship that fosters both personal and organisational growth, meaning together, we can shape a future where education and industry collaborate for mutual success.

We stand out with our diverse team and two decades of experience. Our dedicated Trainers & Assessors are driven to close the skills gap and open doors to genuine opportunities. While many head towards traditional education, we champion alternatives that tap into real passion and potential. Our commitment? Fair working conditions, a strong belief in the living wage, and the flexibility that attracts top talent. Whether you’re an employer looking to bring on an apprentice or someone ready to dive into the workforce, we’re right there with you. At Direct Partners, it’s more than just jobs or training; we shape futures, nurture talent, and make a lasting impact.

To mark our 20th anniversary, we have launched the innovative Tech Skills Academy where your journey towards a successful career in Technology begins.

Meet our experienced team

Debra Tracy

Managing Director

07792 488 883

debra@directpartners.co.uk

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My role is to oversee the strategic planning, Employer & Stakeholder engagement, curriculum development, and operational execution for all of our educational and work-based learning programmes. I ensure high-quality education, foster industry partnerships, drive business growth, maintain regulatory compliance, and enhance learner employability.

Beverley Glenwright

Operations Director

07846 235 072

beverley@directpartners.co.uk

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I manage the daily functions, streamline processes, and ensure efficient delivery of our educational courses and work-based learning. My focus lies in optimising resources, maintaining quality standards, fostering team collaboration, and ensuring the seamless execution of our programmes.

Penny Crawford

Partnership Manager

07942 355 887

penny@directpartners.co.uk

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I oversee the sourcing, management, and tracking of referrals for all of our programmes. My role emphasises building strong relationships, ensuring a steady flow of potential learners, maintaining clear communication channels, and optimising referral strategies for maximum impact.

Lisa Hogg

Lead Trainer and Assessor

07942 359 642

lisa@directpartners.co.uk

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Specialising in childcare qualifications, I meticulously ensure quality assurance and manage the seamless delivery of our learning programs. I lead assessors, develop innovative online delivery tools, and I am an integral part in promoting our courses and values. My expertise extends to effectively supporting EF and MA programmes, solidifying our commitment to providing industry leading training solutions.

Nicole Clarkson

Trainer and Assessor 

07942 359 642

nicole@directpartners.co.uk

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My role is instrumental in ensuring quality and effective delivery of our training programs. I combine practical training sessions with insightful assessments to craft courses that are both relevant and impactful. I support and guide our learners towards achieving their objectives, ensuring that each program not only meets but exceeds industry standards and learner expectations.

Ciaran Mcdougall

Quality Assurance Admin

07942 359 642

ciaran@directpartners.co.uk

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My role focuses on overseeing and enhancing the quality of our training initiatives, assuring compliance with regulatory and internal benchmarks. I work to safeguard our reputation for delivering exceptional, quality-assured training programs. My role in implementing and monitoring quality assurance protocols helps to seamlessly integrate robust training solutions, so our learners and partners experience unrivalled excellence with Direct Partners.

The Driving Force Behind Our Tech Success

Catriona Roberts

Tech Project Manager

07942 359 642

catriona@directtechtraining.co.uk

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Meet Catriona, our Tech Programme Lead, whose background in business analysis and project management empowers her to lead a diverse team of talented tech instructors. Each instructor specialises in different technology disciplines, enabling us to provide comprehensive and engaging learning experiences to a wide audience.

Our team excels at transforming learners to launch their careers in tech, teaching complex tech concepts in a simple and accessible way across a range of disciplines. This approach ensures our courses are thorough and relevant, focusing on problem-solving and the resilience required to master programming languages and concepts to move into the tech industry. We aim to meet high standards of efficiency, quality, and student satisfaction, preparing learners for the challenges of the tech industry with a well-rounded understanding of technology and its applications.

We emphasise adaptability and lifelong learning, guiding individuals through their tech journeys and enabling them to capitalise on the evolving opportunities within the tech landscape. This focus on flexibility and continuous skill development is key to our approach.

Catriona and her team are committed to excellence, ensuring our tech programmes stay at the forefront of innovative, skill-based training. They are dedicated to delivering a learning experience that meets today's market demands and addresses the unique opportunities and aspirations of our learners.

Be part of the driving force behind our tech success and help us shape the future of tech education! For more information on how to apply and embark on a rewarding career journey with us, contact Catriona.

Crafting Tomorrow’s Leaders Through Diversity & Equality of Opportunity.

At Direct Partners, we champion diversity and inclusion, believing that talent knows no boundaries and that every individual, regardless of background, deserves equal opportunities to lead, innovate, and thrive.

Our organisation is designed to connect brilliant young minds, irrespective of their background, with the apprenticeships and work-based training programmes that resonate with their aspirations, while meeting the needs of the employer.

In essence, Direct Partners isn’t merely a training institution. We’re architects of potential, bridging gaps and laying the groundwork for a future where talent from all walks of life can be valued and flourish.

The Stakeholders

At Direct Partners, we recognise the instrumental role that stakeholders play in our collective journey towards success. Our expansive range of partners, from our dedicated Employer Partners and Funding collaborators to our valued customers and employees, aren’t just on-lookers —they’re integral contributors to our narrative.

Their diverse insights, feedback, and expectations continually shape our offerings, ensuring that our strategies remain both relevant and impactful in an ever-changing business environment.

Engaging with our stakeholders goes beyond mere interaction; it’s about building relationships, fostering trust, and collaboratively crafting solutions that resonate. It’s this rich diversity of stakeholder relationships that underscores Direct Partners’ commitment to excellence, innovation, and long-term sustainability.

By valuing and nurturing these connections, we ensure that we’re not just responsive to the needs of the present but are proactively shaping the future.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Diversity

At Direct Partners, our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Diversity is unwavering. We deeply understand that our responsibilities extend beyond business outcomes; they touch the communities we operate within and the broader global environment. Our CSR initiatives focus on creating a sustainable footprint, supporting community growth, and advocating for ethical practices in every facet of our business.

Our emphasis on diversity isn’t just a policy—it’s a cornerstone of our identity. We believe that embracing a multitude of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences fuels our innovative drive and enhances the value of our solutions. By weaving these principles into the fabric of Direct Partners, we not only pave the way for a more inclusive and responsible business landscape but we establish a legacy of positive impact that benefits all our stakeholders.

Proud to be a Living Wage Employer

At Direct Partners, we are firm supporters of the Living Wage initiative, recognising its importance in ensuring that every worker earns a wage sufficient to cover their basic living costs.

We are committed to creating an equitable work environment where pay reflects the true cost of living, fostering a sense of value and respect amongst our employees. By adhering to this ethical standard, we are not only enhancing our organisational culture and improving productivity but demonstrating our dedication to social responsibility and the welfare of our workforce. We hope that our commitment serves as a catalyst for change, inspiring other organisations to embrace fair and ethical pay practices for a more prosperous future.

Our Stakeholders

A few of the organisations that we are proud to partner with