Training and education provider Kaplan, has acquired Madrid-based Structuralia, the e-learning provider for the engineering and infrastructure sector in Spain. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Structuralia provides training to more than 85,000 staff employed at more than 1,350 companies. Major clients include ACS, Ferrovial (operator of Indiana Toll Road and BAA-Heathrow Airport), Sacyr (builder of the new extension of the Panama Canal), OHL (designer, builder, financer and operator of University of Montreal Hospital; builder of New York Subway), and energy companies such as ENDESA, IBERDROLA and REE.
In partnership with five Spanish universities, Structuralia also offers 16 Master’s degree programs and 11 Executive Programs including an MBA for engineering professionals, and will be launching two further programs in the autumn. University partners are: the University of Comillas (ICAI and ICADE Business School), the Polytechnical University of Madrid, and the Polytechnical University of Catalonia.
In Europe, Kaplan provides training towards professional qualifications and business programs, higher education programs and English language courses.
“Significant changes in the infrastructure industry through advances in technology and the new models of financing created by Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are generating a growing demand for further education for engineers and skilled tradesmen,” said Jose Wehnes, CEO of Kaplan Europe. “We look forward to meeting that demand in Spain and beyond by developing Structuralia’s impressive learning solutions.
“Their focus on personal, portable and flexible training is closely aligned with Kaplan’s work on innovation in delivering high quality education and training to students whenever and wherever it best suits them.”
Juan José Gálligo, CEO of Structuralia since the founding of Structuralia ten years ago, who will continue in the company as CEO, said: “In 2001, a group of construction companies and engineers with a shared vision started Structuralia, and it has since enjoyed solid growth, strong margins and has built an enviable list of clients. It was important to find a strategic buyer that could take us to the next stage in our growth. With Kaplan’s 70 year history in providing education and training, and their global reach, we believe this is an excellent fit for developing our offering both in Spain and internationally.”
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