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Capita strengthens its learning offering with two acquisitions


London: Acquisitive UK outsourcer Capita has bought KnowledgePool Group Ltd, a managed learning services provider, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is its second in a week in the professional development market.

KnowledgePool provides learning managed services, including its three core service components of supplier management, training administration and learning consultancy. Its clients include Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva, Virgin Media and Ford.

Last week Capita also acquired Blue Sky Performance Improvement, a UK-based learning and development business that specialises in behaviour change, again for an undisclosed sum.

Chris Sharp, managing director for Capita's learning and development business, said, "KnowledgePool provides a world-class service that aligns learning with business objectives to improve performance and deliver results. Customers also benefit from access to over 2,500 international suppliers, bespoke e-learning and its ability to deliver efficiencies and evaluate return on investment. This acquisition further enhances Capita's capability to support organisations to meet regulatory training requirements and develop the knowledge and skills of their workforce."

Al Bird, managing director for KnowledgePool, said, "Clients will continue to benefit from our passion for delivering efficient learning management while also benefiting from an increased depth of capabilities. Our TrainerAdvisor knowledgebase will ensure we continue to objectively match each client's learning requirements to the most appropriate provider and delivery medium for optimal outcomes. We look forward to working together to deliver further value for existing and prospective clients and to lead the next stages of KnowledgePool's innovation and growth."

Marc Jantzen, chief executive of Blue Sky, said, "As a leading provider of integrated learning solutions, Capita offers the opportunity to accelerate Blue Sky's growth. This is a new era for the Blue Sky team and we are looking forward to working together in meeting the changing landscape of learning and professional development to meet organisations' requirements."
Blue Sky has 34 employees based in Guildford and is supported by a network of over 250 associates globally.

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