Operating for over 35 years, Juniper is one of the UK’s most experienced providers of training and apprenticeships.
With 14 delivery sites located across the West Midlands, East Midlands and North West, we support in excess of 2000 students per year and work with over 300 employers. Rated as GOOD by Ofsted in all areas of provision, we are ideally placed to support students, adults and employers in bridging the skills gaps between education and employment.
Through continual investment and involvement of employers in the development of our provision, our offer remains relevant, appropriate and engaging. Aligned to local labour market needs, we pride ourselves on our 100% progression promise into apprenticeships, employment or further education.
“I have been treated equally which made me more comfortable in the work environment… They have taken time out of their day to day work lives to help me. My assessor was great throughout my apprenticeship so far, I have had constant support whether it be consistent face to face meetings, emails, or through the phone. I know I can always contact him anytime with any query and he can offer the correct guidance and support.”
Sabz, Derby Student
“No matter what your background is, if you believe in yourself, put the effort and dedication in, you can get to where you want. Believe in yourself.”
“Amelia was a natural with helping between two classrooms. She displayed an enthusiasm for the work and a passion to help the children learn which was greatly appreciated.”
Jaden – Apprentice
“As this was my first professional employment, I had little to no knowledge on what to expect. I was given a rewarding opportunity to not only progress my skills in Business Administration but to also immensely develop my personality skills and communication skills. Without the support of the office, I would not have learnt as much as I have.”
Meet the Governance Board
Lesley has worked for Juniper since early 2002, and has undertaken a variety of roles within that time. She has been Managing Director since 2015, having previously been Director and prior to that Head of HR & Business Improvement.
Lesley is passionate about vocational learning, and strongly believes in its’ value as a credible alternative to academic learning. Upon leaving school, she undertook a YTS (Youth Training Scheme, for those of you too young to remember) programme and went on to work for several years in various financial roles (accounts, finance and credit control). She pursued qualifications via a combination of work-based learning, college and university, culminating in a master’s degree 20+ years after leaving school.
Lesley heads up Juniper’s Senior Management Team and her vision is to ensure all Juniper’s learners experience outstanding teaching & learning and exceed their potential. She feels strongly about being able to positively impact the local community; by helping to tackle unemployment, improve social mobility, support local businesses and by being an excellent employer.
When not working, Lesley enjoys travelling, particularly to South East Asia, and regularly attends (rather than enjoys!) her local gym.
Richard joined Carvers Training in 1997 after 20 years in the Army. In 2003 he completed a management buy-out and formed Juniper Training as a limited company. Richard was Managing Director until 2015; since then he has been Company Chairman. In 2020 he sold a majority stake in Juniper Training to the senior management team. Richard is also Chair of the Governance Board.
Head of Operations
Jon started working at Juniper in 2003. Since 2013 he has been Head of Operations, with responsibility for finance, budgets, data, IT, business development, employer engagement, premises and building & maintaining relationships with key stakeholders. Between 2003 and 2013, Jon had numerous roles including conducting outreach activities to engage NEET young people, supporting unemployed disabled Jobcentre customers into sustainable employment and business development management. Jon is parent Governor at the Royal Wolverhampton School. He enjoys playing football and golf (badly).
Head of Quality
Tara has worked for Juniper since 2006 in various roles including Teaching and Curriculum Management. She was appointed Head of Quality in February 2016 and is Juniper’s Senior Safeguarding Lead. Tara is passionate about education believing that all people should be given the opportunity to reach their potential. She works closely with the senior leadership and wider management team to ensure the delivery of quality learning programmes, so that learners receive the education and training that they deserve.
Regional Head of Performance
Susan has worked in government funded training provision for over 20 years and worked for Juniper Training since 2006. Prior to this, Susan worked as a manager in sales and customer service roles with large national and International brands. Susan has worked on DWP, LSC and ESFA contracts as a Regional Head of performance for Juniper. Susan is a target driven individual who is passionate about developing staff and teams to achieve high levels of compliant performance, resulting in Juniper students receiving an outstanding learning experience.
Regional Head of Performance
Michelle’s background is in training and development, having worked within the FE and Skills sector for 20 plus years at both independent training providers and FE Colleges. Michelle joined Juniper from an FE College where she was project co-ordinator for a number of ESF contracts and was instrumental in the set up and day-to-day running of a national transport hub for learndirect provision.
In 2003 Michelle became Centre Manager of our Wolverhampton site and was promoted to Area Manager in 2004. Having undertaken this role for 7 years, Michelle took on a new challenge in 2012 when she became Head of Compliance/Quality, undertaking internal inspections and audits of our centre network and during her time in this role was an Ofsted Nominee. In 2016 Michelle became a Regional Head of Performance and now works with 6 centres and 3 hubs to ensure our students reach their full potential and progress into their chosen careers.
As a Management Board member, Michelle plays a strategic part in developing Juniper’s provision to ensuring that we deliver good quality, relevant provision to meet the needs of our students and local area priorities.
Head of Business Development
Sam has worked in the education and training sector for 15 years in both pre and post 16 provision. Sam joined Juniper following 10 years as an Alternative Provision Manager within Local Authority maintained provision. Sam was responsible for the management and monitoring of commissioning key contracts, oversight of students on alternative provision and safeguarding.
In 2016, Sam joined Juniper as the Business Development Manager and played a pivotal role in expanding Junipers offer in line with our Strategic Plan. In 2020, Sam was elected to become a member of the Management Board and is responsible for Business Development, School Liaison and Marketing.
As a Management Board member, Sam plays a strategic role in developing and enhancing our provision offer in partnership with employers, Local Authorities, LEP’s, Chambers of Commerce and other key stakeholders.
Jason is a specialist in the further education and skills sector with over twenty years’ experience. He has managed a wide range of programmes in FE colleges around England, provided specialist consultancy for FE colleges and training providers and is currently Deputy Principal at Stoke on Trent College.