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Queen’s Park Equity-backed online education group Learndirect Digital Group has acquired two London-based training providers, Animal Courses Direct and i-to-i.

Established in 2004, Animal Courses Direct offers Ofqual-regulated animal courses that meet the Defra Animal Activity Licensing Regulations. Through its recruitment site, Animal Jobs Direct, the company equips learners for a range of animal, conservation and environmental careers.

Animal Courses Direct managing director Kim Pearce said: “Our team is passionate about animal welfare; we strive to offer the highest standards of training to enable learners to gain meaningful employment in the animal care sector, providing outstanding care for animals.  The future is even brighter as we join the learndirect team with a shared highly ambitious vision to develop more excellent quality, regulated animal care training.”

i-to-i was established in 1994 and has trained more than 200,000 teaching English as a foreign language teachers, while helping its graduates find jobs internationally through its jobs board.

Gordon Mathie, managing director at i-to-i, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to supercharge our growth both in the UK and internationally. With our highly complementary products and strategic vision, I am looking forward to working with the Learndirect team to deliver this vision.”

Wayne Janse Van Rensburg, group chief executive at Learndirect Digital Group, added: “The Covid pandemic has fundamentally changed the way our students want to learn. Working with QPE, we are excited to be backing both Kim at ACD, Gordon at i-to-I, and their fantastic teams, bringing our businesses together with a shared vision and mission to deliver an exceptional progression plan for the group.”

Queen’s Park Equity managing director Jose Rodriguez commented: “We are delighted to have partnered with Wayne and the management team at Learndirect in this exciting journey and supported two strategic acquisitions within six months of our original investment in the group. Both ACD and i-to-i share QPE and Learndirect’s values of quality education and learner-focused outcomes.”

Learndirect Digital Group is headquartered in Sheffield.

Date published: 5 March 2021

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