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News - 4 December 2012
Steve Rayson. Kineo MD

Kineo joins forces with City & Guilds

Kineo, a leading local digital learning company with an international profile, was acquired on Friday by City & Guilds, and will now be known as Kineo, a City & Guilds business.

Founded over 130 years ago, City & Guilds is the number one UK vocational and work-based skills organisation; it works in over 80 countries, enabling nearly two million people a year to achieve a ‘City & Guilds’ certificate and includes the Institute for Leadership Management. It works with leading employers including Harrods, Starbucks, Tesco and McDonald's.

City & Guilds is a charitable organisation but has a clear commercial focus; all profits are invested back into supporting vocational education and helping people into work. As a company, Kineo has always strongly supported charitable values and now becomes part of an organisation with a strong heritage and purpose: to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth.

Kineo will continue to operate under the same brand, as a separate company but as part of the City & Guilds Group with representation on the C&G Management Board. Kineo will now be able to offer its clients:

  • a much wider range of services from e-learning to accredited programmes with City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management
  • the ability to scale in order to support large programmes and the global delivery of learning solutions, with a presence in multiple UK locations and over 80 countries
  • the ability to create more specialised teams to support people development strategy, from sourcing and developing new talent through to leadership development
  • a commitment to investing in research and innovation, including learning technologies such as the Totara LMS platform and creative, multi-device e-learning.

MD of Kineo, Steve Rayson] said, “We believe strongly that combining Kineo’s innovative learning approaches with current City & Guilds for Business services will enable us to grow a strong and successful learning company. Our ambition is to become the partner of choice for the world’s best organisations.”

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