We help providers and investors navigate the dynamic education and training market, identifying strategies for growth and improving their competitive advantage.

The education and training market is wide ranging and encompasses learners across all age groups and settings. This evolving sector is being driven by changes in demographics, funding, regulation, consumer preferences and delivery models. Providers are fast discovering how best to integrate technology and traditional methods to create a hybrid system for the long-term.

 

Our expertise We have a strong track record of advising across a broad range of education sub-sectors. These include:

Education providers: We work across all age groups from nurseries through schools to further and higher education, including special educational needs.

Corporate training: We have experience in compliance and certification through professional development and upskilling to more bespoke corporate resources.

Skills and apprenticeships: We have worked across the skills landscape, navigating different funding streams and the underlying demand for skills training.

Edtech: We have experience advising technology providers serving the education sector, including online learning platforms, digital content and back-office systems.

Services to education providers: We support education providers in areas such as procurement, staffing, products and equipment, logistics and IT.

 
Our expertise We have a strong track record of advising across a broad range of education sub-sectors. These include:

Education providers: We work across all age groups from nurseries through schools to further and higher education, including special educational needs.

Corporate training: We have experience in compliance and certification through professional development and upskilling to more bespoke corporate resources.

Skills and apprenticeships: We have worked across the skills landscape, navigating different funding streams and the underlying demand for skills training.

Edtech: We have experience advising technology providers serving the education sector, including online learning platforms, digital content and back-office systems.

Services to education providers: We support education providers in areas such as procurement, staffing, products and equipment, logistics and IT.

What we do Some of the ways we help businesses and investors include:

Market and funding: We size market opportunities, evaluate underlying market dynamics and assess funding environments.

Procurement and decision making: We help clients understand the increasing professionalisation of B2B procurement across education markets, such as with multi-academy trusts, as well as consumer-led decision making.

Customer and learner insights: We gather independent feedback from customers and learners to understand behaviours, assess performance and market positioning.

Technology utilisation: We help clients combine the best of traditional service delivery with the latest technology across an increasingly diverse range of settings.

Growth opportunities: We support clients in the research, analysis and prioritisation of growth opportunities. This includes current market headroom, new product development and international expansion.

M&A strategy: We work to identify and qualify targets, assessing the rationale for acquisition, and identifying strategies for successful integration.

 
What we do Some of the ways we help businesses and investors include:

Market and funding: We size market opportunities, evaluate underlying market dynamics and assess funding environments.

Procurement and decision making: We help clients understand the increasing professionalisation of B2B procurement across education markets, such as with multi-academy trusts, as well as consumer-led decision making.

Customer and learner insights: We gather independent feedback from customers and learners to understand behaviours, assess performance and market positioning.

Technology utilisation: We help clients combine the best of traditional service delivery with the latest technology across an increasingly diverse range of settings.

Growth opportunities: We support clients in the research, analysis and prioritisation of growth opportunities. This includes current market headroom, new product development and international expansion.

M&A strategy: We work to identify and qualify targets, assessing the rationale for acquisition, and identifying strategies for successful integration.

Insights

The future of the corporate classroom

CIL surveyed 651 learning and development decision makers across North America and the UK. Our results show an increased focus on online learning solutions and recognition of their ability to offer scalable, cost-effective and consistent training to employees.

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UK private tutoring

CIL estimates that parental spend per year is around £2bn excluding private music lessons and sports coaching. In this Insights piece, CIL’s education team look at the underlying dynamics and the opportunities available to investors.

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UK nurseries: the investment opportunity

The highly fragmented nature and attractive underlying dynamics of the UK nursery market is driving increasing investor interest in the sector. In 2018, this led to over 200 reported acquisitions – both by large chains and by smaller, local operators (10% of deals were single-site purchases). So, what should investors be looking for?

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Sector Lead For more information contact:
Giles Johnson Giles Johnson +44 20 3829 2820
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Giles is CIL's managing partner and has led our health, care and education practice for 15 years.
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Sector Lead For more information contact:
Giles Johnson
Giles Johnson +44 20 3829 2820
LinkedIn
Giles is CIL's managing partner and has led our health, care and education practice for 15 years.
Read more