Australian College of Training and Employment acquires DDLS

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6 October 2016: Australian vocational education provider, the Australian College of Training and Employment (ACTE) Group has acquired DDLS, Australia’s leading, trusted ICT training partner, as both organisations look to expand and strengthen their positions in the fast growing ICT industry.

The acquisition will see ACTE Group expand its already strong training services that are currently offered through its two ICT and digital media faculties, the Australian Institute of ICT and Art Intelligence, and will see DDLS grow and diversify into new service streams.

Chief Executive Officer of ACTE Group, Craig White, said the organisation specifically chose to acquire DDLS as it is the clear market leader in its field in Australia and because of the strong synergies between it and ACTE Group’s service offerings.

“ACTE and DDLS’s service offerings complement one another, with our colleges providing high quality entry level training and DDLS providing more advanced and specialised qualifications,” said Mr White. “We also share the same commitment to delivering high quality training that generates real, measurable outcomes for our students.

“Through this acquisition, ACTE and DDLS will be both better positioned to create stronger ties with industry, as well as provide our students with additional ICT education and certification opportunities and improved employment opportunities and outcomes,” Mr White continued.

ACTE Group operates six branded faculties under its umbrella, all of which offer diploma level training. It has established a strong reputation within the ICT industry through the Australian Institute of ICT and Art Intelligence faculties, which operate across nine physical campuses across Australia as well as blended learning online, offering courses in information technology, website development, digital media technologies and games development.

DDLS has also built a strong reputation over its 25 years of operation as a specialist in delivering vendor certified technical training, internationally recognised, best-practice process training and certification, IT culture and talent development and customer specific systems training. It has one of the highest quality customer bases in Australia and has received numerous awards, including most recently the global 2016 Microsoft Learning Partner Award.

DDLS’s CEO, Mal Shaw, said he is looking forward to the additional support and opportunities for growth that the organisation will now receive through aligning with another training provider.

”Joining ACTE, one of Australia’s largest private vocational education organisations, brings opportunities that DDLS has never been able to previously explore. This will include services that seek to bring Australian qualifications and industry certifications closer together as well as a faster evolution to blended learning online modalities. DDLS will continue to deliver the highest standard of ICT technical, process and professional development training and certification as a part of an independent education provider”, said Mr Shaw.

DDLS, which currently has 45 fully equipped classrooms and seven office locations across Australia, will continue to operate as a part of the ACTE Group, with Mr Shaw to remain in his position.

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