Back2Work

Health & Education

Back2Work specialises in delivering intensive training courses to help the long-term unemployed return to work, retrain or reskill. It also offers a digital marketing apprenticeship programme and runs on-line training courses for employed people to support career progression in sectors such as health and social care.

Key facts

Initial Investment: 22/10/2020

Sector: Health & Education

Fund: Impact

Status: Current

Investment highlights to date

  • Introduced a chairman with strong industry background.
  • Strengthened the team with the recruitment of an experienced Operations Director, a Head of Quality and a Head of HR.
  • Supported the diversification of the business into Traineeships to further support 16 – 24 year olds and provide young people with an opportunity to gain work experience and a pathway to an apprenticeship.
  • Grown the impact of the business with an increase in learner numbers whilst maintaining the focus on quality and learner outcomes.
  • Sourced several potential acquisition opportunities to progress the M&A strategy of the business.

Partnership motivation

Back2Work is an excellent business delivering a clear social impact by helping people return to work and gain new skills. We were impressed with Luke and his dynamic team and are excited to build on the company’s recent growth and support the continued focus on employment outcomes and career progression.

Back2Work is a compelling investment for the Impact Fund with a highly relevant proposition as the UK adjusts to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which, will inevitably create new requirements for retraining and upskilling.

With further devolution of adult education budgets on the horizon, we also see strong potential for further organic growth across all parts of the business. Given the scale of the opportunity in the training sector and our track record in buy and build, we are also keen to consider potential acquisition opportunities.

Luke Muscat, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Back2Work

After graduating, Luke thought about a career in finance, but decided instead to launch Back2Work with a family friend, as they saw an opportunity for a skills and training company that would work closely with employers to help them fill vacancies with good quality candidates.

The business has grown steadily over the last 10 years, and Luke and the Back2Work team have a clear organic growth plan based on winning more contracts and geographical expansion.

We are really pleased to be working with Palatine on this next chapter for Back2Work. We first met the team around two years ago, before we were ready for investment, and we’ve stayed in touch informally, a couple of times a year, since then.

I believe they will be an excellent partner for us – they have a strong track record of working with entrepreneurial businesses like ours and creating value over the long term. There is a really strong sense of shared values with the Impact Fund team alongside Palatine’s commitment to ESG across their business.

Luke Muscat

Co-Founder & Managing Director – Back2Work