AN e-learning company is looking to up its £5m turnover by 30% and grow its workforce after announcing plans to secure work overseas as well as provide software for primary schools.
Newcastle-based Creating Careers has relocated its head office to Quorum Business Park and taken on a 10,452sq ft building on the site, in order to cater for its ongoing expansion plans.
Since its launch in 1999 the company has registered more than 480,000 learners, and it now employs over 60 staff.
A market leader in developing and supplying accredited e-learning to the secondary schools and further education sectors, Creating Careers is now looking to new markets.
Chief executive Neil Moult said: “Because we provide all the learning resources for nationally recognised qualifications online, we are able to deliver the training extremely cost effectively.
“For a while now, secondary schools have been keen to offer vocational training to 14 to 17 year olds. But now we’ve got a big project launching into primary schools at the beginning of next year. We’re looking at how we can deliver English and maths online to the primary sector.
“We’re probably one of the best at what we do in the UK and we’re just about to appoint an international sales manager so we can look at working with schools overseas.
“American schools are crying out for English education so they can offer their students the maximum choice.”
Creating Careers started in 1999. After an intense period of new product development, in association with national qualification provider NCFE and technology partner TNL, it developed ‘vision2learn’ – the UK’s first complete, integrated and accredited e-learning service designed specifically to satisfy the further education sector in England.
The site receives over 1.4 million hits annually. In 2006 Creating Careers branched into the secondary schools post-14 market with vision2learn for schools. Over 38,000 learners in more than 450 secondary schools are working with vision2learn for schools.
As part of his expansion plans, Moult is looking to take on 17 additional staff in the next three months across all departments from sales through to technical development.
He said: “Moving into our new office at Quorum will help us to grow the team and the business. The location is ideal for us, with excellent transport links and quality amenities for our staff. The move will not only bring us closer to Newcastle and our partners, but our team will benefit from the great facilities on site, such as travel initiatives and the regular events which are held for park employees.”
Quorum Business Park development director, Fergus Trim, said: “At Quorum we have invested heavily in the infrastructure and amenities for tenants and are pleased that our facilities are continuing to entice firms such as Creating Careers. The company’s ethos runs alongside Quorum’s strategy of helping our tenants attract and retain the best people.
“It is great to have an expert e-learning company on site, further raising awareness of the benefits of e-learning available in the region and nationwide.”