The Purple Beard Story

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The Purple Beard Story

What is Purple Beard?
Simply put, Purple Beard is a tech training company.


What was the inspiration behind Purple Beard?
In 2018, events beyond my control transpired and changed my life completely. They shook my inner core and turned my life upside down.  After these events, I sold my company, Skill Serve and decided to go travelling across 10 countries for five months.

I have been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22, so taking time out to reflect on what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go was almost a novelty. Everything I had known prior to 2018 was decimated during this time. I suppose it was time for a new beginning.

At the time I did not know what my new venture would look like however through my journey across several countries, I came across ‘Ikigai’ (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]), a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile or as the French would say our raison d’être.

Providing tech training was an idea that I had visited a few times since 2006 however often we pick things up and forget about them… During my travels, I decided that this time, I was going to pursue my dream and founded Purple Beard, offering tech training to businesses and individuals. On reflection, this was my Ikigai.

How is Purple Beard different from other training organisations?
Throughout my career working in both the education and training sectors, I believe that successful learning and training programmes provide more than just new skills, behaviours or knowledge. They also focus on how to learn, helping students understand their transformation and growth as well as creating supportive communities and relationships as part of the learning journey. We believe that education should be about supporting people find their Ikigai. We should use learning to power our imagination.

The Purple Beard vision is to help employers and individuals upskill or reskill into tech careers such as data science, cybersecurity, and cloud through digital skills training aligned with certification bodies.


The Purple Beard Learning Partner Programme
Our learning programme delivers tailored, outcome-centric teaching that supports staff development through subject matter expert-authored content and monthly reports to enable progress tracking and line manager support.

Purple Beard’s  learning partner program  that bridges the digital skills gap through hands-on, blended learning programs

Most importantly we are passionate about helping empower people with the tools to learn and secure better jobs so they can have better, more stable and more fulfilled lives and find their Ikigai.

If you are interested in finding out how we can help your business or if you would like to learn more about individual study, please contact us on 02080454405.

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