Yorkshire training provider The Skills Network (TSN) has won a three-year international contract with Botswana’s largest business school to provide online learning technology and content to over 5,000 students.

Selby-based TSN has secured a three-year strategic partnership with Botswana’s largest college, Botswana Accountancy College (BAC), to support and innovate the College’s delivery of education.

The partnership also sees TSN appointed as the preferred provider of online learning content for BAC’s corporate training division. TSN’s learning technology will be used by businesses across Botswana and surrounding countries, contributing to the upskilling of staff within Botswana’s fast-growing economy.

With its first project in Africa, TSN hopes to bring innovation to learning and development in Botswana, aiding the way in which people can access education and training within the region.

The project in Botswana, coupled with a range of other international projects, means TSN is experiencing a period of significant growth. As such, the organisation is undertaking a recruitment drive to fill 20 vacancies to support international expansion and aid further success.

The strategic partnership with BAC will aid TSN to achieve a year-end turnover of £16m, signifying further growth from the previous year.

BAC focuses on providing accounting, computing, business and leisure, postgraduate and corporate training to key business acumen in Botswana and its neighbouring countries.

James Earl, Sales Director (Education) at The Skills Network, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with such a prestigious partner in BAC. Part of our strategic priority over the coming years is to grow rapidly in the African market and we believe we have found a partner who we can work with closely to reach our goals.

By 2025, internet penetration in Africa will rise to 50 per cent (600 million users) and smartphones will increase six-fold. This will transform the way all Africans can access quality education, skills building and training. Our objective is to aid organisations and users with the systems and content needed to transform lives.”

Serty Leburu, Executive Director at BAC, said:

“Our aspiration is to become the business school of choice in Africa. In order to achieve this, we need to work with innovative partners who have similar goals. After a global search, we believe we have found the perfect partner in The Skills Network.

Introducing e-learning of this calibre into our portfolio will help us to transform the way we teach thousands of students and contribute to upskilling employees across Africa.”

About The Skills Network (TSN)

The Skills Network is a private training provider which specialises in online distance learning. It supports employers, further education colleges and individuals to access distance learning courses in areas such as mental health, health and social care, childcare and education, accounting and finance, leadership and management.

With their own online learning system ‘EQUAL’, The Skills Network support over 30,000 learners achieve a nationally recognised qualification every year and support over 5,000 organisations worldwide, in over 10 countries.

The organisation also leads on developing new content in collaboration with education institutions and employers across the UK, and resells its system and online content to hundreds of organisations every year.

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