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KnowledgePool take over Maxim Training


KnowledgePool, the e-Learning, IT and business skills training company, has bought Maxim Training, developers of customised CD-ROM and online multimedia training in personal and management skills for the corporate market. Maxim, whose customers include BT, British Airways, LandRover, Motorola and Lloyds Bank, have recently branched into e-learning.

KnowledgePool offer a range of learning solutions from multi-site training programmes for multi-national companies to distance learning for individuals, and recently launched 45 new technical e-Learning courses including training on Cisco, Novell, Java, Netscape, Lotus and Network+.

KnowledgePool currently has 450 employees based in the UK, Ireland, France, Finland and Portugal and a joint venture company with Fujitsu in the USA - KnowledgePool Inc. Maxim Training has over 50 staff based in Brighton.

KnowledgePool's clients include organisations from the retail, financial services, pharmaceutical, chemical and technology industries together with government departments, and it has strategic relationships with partners such as Microsoft, NETg and the British Computer Society

Earlier this month KnowledgePool acquired USA-based WorkLife Solutions Inc, who operate career management and HR development websites. It means that KnowledgePool can now offer IT business applications, personal and management skills development and training and HR services.

David Wimpress, executive chairman of KnowledgePool, comments, "The acquisition of Maxim Training – our second in a month - will enable us to offer a much wider service. Like KnowledgePool, Maxim has focussed on e-Learning, recognising that technology plays a key role in enabling individuals and corporate customers to access cost effective training and management development solutions. Maxim Training's expertise in the development of high quality course content will add significantly to our e-Learning portfolio enabling our clients to benefit from their valuable skills and experience."

David Welham, chief executive of Maxim Training, says, "Maxim brings to KnowledgePool a strong pedigree in management and personal skills development, particularly in the e-learning sphere. We have a reputation for developing high quality content. In return, I believe our customers will benefit from KnowledgePool's extensive
e-learning infrastructure, IT training capabilities and experience. The combination of our content with KnowledgePool's mentoring and online infrastructure, means a comprehensive online management and enterprise training service can be provided making this a very attractive proposition to corporate customers."


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