Training specialists enter second phase of growth with merger
Training provider e-academy has merged with organisational development specialists Stratum Learning and Development and re-branded as Stratum Worldwide.
e-academy, established in 2000, is the only Microsoft approved training provider in Wales, and delivers IT and management training courses across the UK. The expertise of Stratum Learning and Development will enable the new company to offer a broad range of services and provide customers with end-to-end provision from specific technical training courses to high-end tailored management programmes.
This expansion marks the second phase of significant growth for e-academy in less than 12 months; the first following investment from entrepreneurs Simon Powell and Matt Wakerley in spring 2012.
Stratum's individual approach to organisational development means programmes are tailor-made for each of their clients. All of their programmes are nationally accredited which means that staff will gain qualifications as a result of their training.
The newly branded Stratum has also formed a strategic alliance with recruitment firm gap personnel. The two companies will work together to provide pre-employment training to individuals seeking work. The partnership will offer job-seekers access to high-quality sector-specific and general training programmes. The partnership will enable gap to offer appropriately skilled, job-ready individuals to prospective employers in a range of sectors.
Stratum Learning and Development, set up in 2009, works with organisations to assess their training needs and designs bespoke programmes to improve efficiency, drive quality and maximise business performance.
Mike Hughes, managing director of Stratum, said: "We have worked successfully in partnership with Stratum Learning and Development over the past year and are very pleased that our recent merger will enable us to officially join forces with the team. We feel that having their expertise will add great value to the business.
"The work we've already done together, such as the development of the Automotive Industry Awareness programme for the Welsh Automotive Forum, is evidence of the unique service we can offer. We intend to hit the ground running with this expansion and we have some exciting projects in the pipeline."