Introduction

Welcome to the third edition of our quarterly newsletter.

Each week we help thousands of people across the UK and beyond to improve their lives.  This could be gaining new skills – either in work or pre-employment, through helping them obtain vital work experience or secure sustainable work, or through e-testing services to demonstrate their abilities and credentials to employers and other organisations.  With 2015 now well underway our focus for the start of the year has been to implement a number of new initiatives to grow and diversify what we offer and who we offer it to.  This includes internationally too: we have completed the development of our learndirect e-commerce website in Mandarin (www.learndirect.com.cn); our partnership in the UAE is continuing to go from strength to strength; and we are also working closely with partners in South Africa and Malaysia to deliver vocational qualifications. It would be great to hear your thoughts so please join in the conversation on LinkedIn by visiting our learndirect debates group and let us know your views.