Digital Hub e-learning firm wins deal with British Computer Society

15 Sep 2011

I-CANDO, the pioneering e-learning firm that last year embarked on a pioneering campaign to boost Ireland’s digital literacy skills, has secured an exclusive distribution deal with the British Computer Society – BCS The Chartered Institute for IT.

The deal was signed in Dublin today in the presence of Julian King, the British Ambassador.

I-CANDO Learning is a wholly-owned Irish e-learning company set up in 2009. The company has created a Digital Skills programme which offers 60 hours of online, interactive, guided learning to help learners with the skills needed to get the most from everyday technology as it relates to music, photos, videos and living online. I-CANDO is located in Dublin’s Digital Hub.

Under this three-year contract, BCS will be the exclusive distributors of I-CANDO courseware throughout the United Kingdom in schools and adult education colleges. The contract is estimated to be worth stg£600k in the first year alone.

Momentous partnership for e-learning firm

“This is a momentous partnership deal for I-CANDO,” I-CANDO CEO Sheena Clohessy explained.

“The BCS is the leading qualification and learning provider in the United Kingdom and has a significant footprint internationally.

“I-CANDO and the BCS worked together to achieve accreditation for the programme on the UK Educational Framework and just this week celebrated a significant contract with one of the UK’s leading independent training providers.”

I-CANDO is an Enterprise Ireland client company. Congratulating the company, Greg Treston, head of High Potential Start-Ups at Enterprise Ireland, said: “This is a significant win for such a young company as I-CANDO. It is a strong endorsement of their offering in this very important sector and an important step in their internationalisation strategy.

“We congratulate the team and look forward to continuing to work with them on their international growth strategy,” Treston added.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years