Holly Thompson, founder and director of Future Skills Vision Limited (FSV) talks about her passion for developing people and helping North East businesses to harness their people power, which led her to set up her own training and development company in 2016.
With so much change happening within organisations these days, it’s crucial that training providers stay ahead of the curve when it comes to helping businesses succeed. Learning experience customisation, closing the digital skills gap and keeping up with rapidly developing technology represent just some of the issues that face training and development providers in 2018. So are Holly Thompson and her team at FSV ready for challenges that the year ahead will bring?
Holly’s background is in tech and education. Working in tech she became passionate about the development of the digital skills agenda, then in the education sector she gained valuable apprenticeships experience where she led and managed teams. As a result she developed a passion for helping people to reach their potential which became the foundation of FSV.
So what led her to take the leap and start her own training company? “Whilst I was working in education a number of government reforms affected the sector,” Holly explains. “Then 2016 saw the creation of the apprenticeship levy, which came into effect in April 2017. I recognised that new challenges were being created for both businesses and education providers, and saw the need to create a business which provides companies with impartial, practical advice and support to navigate their way through these changes.”
Fast forward to January 2018. Since setting up FSV in August 2016, Holly and her dedicated team have expanded their services, mainly by listening to the needs of their clients and challenging themselves to think outside the box. FSV offers a range of learning and development services for businesses, which includes creating people development strategies, personal development planning and leadership/management training. Their bespoke education services are aimed at education and training providers spanning from primary to higher education (including apprenticeships) to help organisations to focus on what’s important - educating. FSV can provide teaching and training staff, curricula and course content and new educational systems to improve teaching and learning.
In less than eighteen months, FSV has gone from strength to strength, taking on five members of staff and building on an impressive client base. As you would expect, they are investing in young people by hiring a digital marketing apprentice and offering placements to local students.
So what’s next for Holly and FSV in 2018? They will soon be launching a People Consultancy Subscription Service which will be offered to a wide variety of businesses and education providers.
Holly has also been shortlisted for a Start-up business award in recognition of her work in the sector by the Federation of Small Businesses, and of course she’s feeling positive about the future. “At FSV we truly believe people are the foundation of business success. With our recent new appointments and growing client base we look forward to the exciting challenges ahead as we drive the business forward.”
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