About Us

Working with our partner organisations we provide vocational and corporate training and consultancy across Northern Ireland. We are a major contract holder for the Department for Economy and Department for Communities, offering a range of occupational training and qualifications to over 2,500 learners per year.

Established in 1992 as Dairy Farm Training with a staff of 2 on one site, the company now has 106 staff and over 60 associates across seven sites in Northern Ireland, and three in Donegal. 

The organisation has grown to become an award-winning employment and learning organisation offering government funded training, employment support initiatives and corporate training solutions.  With vast experience in the design, development and accreditation of training, qualifications and quality marks, People 1st have had over 57,000 learners achieving accredited qualifications.

The company is proud to have worked successfully with some leading employers throughout Ireland.  At the forefront of the organisation is its commitment to working with community based providers to provide access to qualification and learning opportunities to those in need. 

The company’s commitment to excellence has been reflected in the recent awards received including Deloitte Best Managed Company Ireland and Investors in People Gold Standard.

Managing Director, Bernadette Daly said at a recent celebration event,

“Over the last 25 years we have worked hard to help our clients see their ambitions become reality and we look forward to the continuation of this in years to come.’’

Meet the Team

Bernie Daly

Managing Director


02890 688 960

Ronan Heenan



02890 688 962 


Brenda Kernaghan



02890 688 961

Aidan Kelly

Centre Manager - Dairy Farm Centre


02890 303 991

Gillian Duffy

Centre Manager - Ormeau House 


02890 268 675

Patricia Moley

Centre Manager - Lisburn & Newry


02892 600 309

Patricia McEvoy

Centre Manager - Lurgan & Portadown


02838 347 000

Heather McBride

Quality Assurance Manager – Teaching and Learning


02890 688 969

Gráinne McBride

Quality Assurance Manager - Contracts


 02890 688 964

Programmes on Offer

ApprenticeshipsNI - for adults aged 16 – 24 who are employed and want to upskill and obtain accreditation in their occupational area.

Skills for Life and Work - Youth Training Programme - for 16 - 18 year olds, equipping them with the skills and qualifications required for the workplace.

LEMIS WORKS - an initiative designed to help unemployed people in the community overcome those issues that may be preventing them from finding and keeping a job.

Community Family Support Programme - supports families as they make life changing decisions to improve their everyday lives. It's delivered by family support workers in the heart of the community.

Through these and our extensive range of bespoke corporate training, People 1st meets the needs of a diverse range of customers, including 800+ private, public and third sector businesses, school leavers and jobseekers.

We have three offices in Belfast (Malone, Ormeau and Stewartstown Road), as well as offices in Lisburn, Nutts Corner, Lurgan, Portadown and Newry. We extend our services across Northern Ireland through strategic partnerships.

Company Values

The range of qualities which set our company apart are captured in our company values

Company Mission Statement

‘See your ambition become reality’

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