ThirdForce in €1m UK government deal

25 Oct 2006

Irish e-learning software firm ThirdForce has won a €1m contract to provide training materials to one of the UK’s key national suppliers of care and support services.

Care UK delivers residential, community, acute and primary care in partnership with local authorities, Primary Care Trusts and the UK’s National Health Service Trusts.

The three-year contract was won by ThirdForce’s recently acquired subsidiary Creative Learning Media.

Acquired by ThirdForce in September, 2005, Creative Learning Media (CLM) specialises in e-learning solutions for the food, hospitality and healthcare sectors. It is the first UK company to offer an e-learning solution that meets all of the UK government’s Common Induction Standards.

“This latest deal is very significant for ThirdForce, representing an investment of €1m by Care UK,” ThirdForce CEO Brendan O’Sullivan said.

“It endorses our acquisition of CLM in September 2005, which was a strategic move to expand our business into a wider range of e-learning categories which include the healthcare, hospitality, food and retail sectors where CLM leads the market in the provision of high-quality e-learning programmes.”

Since September 2006, the UK government requires all non-clinical care workers throughout the care sector to comply with a set of Common Induction Standards.

Under its new contract, ThirdForce will deliver training to Care UK in these standards and in areas including the protection of vulnerable adults (POVA), patient care, infection control, food hygiene and health and safety.

It will also provide a complete outsourced training management and support service. Care UK employs over 9,500 staff at 90 locations throughout Britain.

By John Kennedy