Educator kick-starts expansion plans

Educator kick-starts expansion plans

Australian software trainer ClickStart has opened new training centres in Canberra and Melbourne and added a range of courses to its offerings as part of an expansion program.

ClickStart CEO David Meeson said the company is now deciding on a training location in Sydney, which it hopes to open by the end of April. The company also provides training in Brisbane. Each of its training centres can accommodate 60 students, he said.

The educator was also appointed one of the first training centres in Australia for the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), and will offer the group’s security training course via its e-learning facilities.

Meeson said the decision to expand the ClickStart business was prompted by its acquisition of Educom Holdings last year after the technical training provider was put into receivership.

As part of its consolidation with the Educom business, ClickStart has upped its variety of instructor-led certification and technical skills training, covering software development, security and networking training, Meeson said.

Since acquiring Educom, ClickStart’s focus has shifted from being an application software trainer to a provider of a range of technical and certification programs, he said.

“The size of the ClickStart business between the old and the new is miles apart. Introducing more technical training was an important part of ClickStart’s corporate plan.”

Meeson said the company is now in the process of having its Microsoft and Novell technical certification courses, which had previously been provided through the Educom business, approved by both vendors. Other vendor-related courses it offers include network and security training programs on Cisco and Citrix platforms.

As well as concentrating on more Web-based training, Meeson said the company will also look to develop a variety of open source-based software courses and training in the coming months. This will involve offering some of the main Linux courses available from operating system vendors.

"We are currently looking at various vendor-approved technical training programs subject to their current policy and approvals," he said.

The group’s onsite training business will continue to play an important role, Meeson said, adding that until the purchase of Educom, onsite training had represented 60 percent of its total operations.

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