It was the day after the EU referendum, in 2016 the country was reeling and wondering what was next. Our co-founders, Kate and Michaela were speaking at a conference in Manchester feeling a little uncertain and deflated. They met at the lunch buffet over a shared frustration of the conference format being the same old content delivered by the same people year after year but the real story began over a glass of prosecco at Kings Cross Station a year after first meeting. They decided to build their own apprenticeship training provider having kissed a few frogs in their search to find the perfect registered training provider to collaborate with. A shared purpose of believing in the power of apprenticeships and development, they had experienced first-hand the challenges of being in-house and trying to find a way to utilise the apprenticeship levy and development in an innovative and impactful way.
Combining their shared vision and complimentary skillsets, they merged their two businesses (a commercial training company ‘Gradvert’ and apprenticeship consultancy ‘Aequalis’ ) to create The Opportunity Group.