New Horizons Press Release

New Horizons Learning Centers Acquires Productivity Point Global to Close the Skills Gap for IT & Business Professionals

The investment marks another step in New Horizon Learning Center's pursuit to close the skills gap for corporate professionals, executives and managers across South Florida and the Caribbean

MIAMI, FL – March 27, 2018 – New Horizons Learning Centers of South Florida, a leading training provider with cutting-edge courses and learning methods built specifically for end-users, corporations, government, veterans, and individuals, announces today that it acquired Productivity Point Global (PPG), a training company that delivers high quality professional, business and technology skills training to corporations.

“Our choice to acquire Productivity Point Global is a meaningful step forward in our vision to expand our reach and provide best-in-class training aimed at helping corporations and individuals close the skills gap and increase proficiencies through learning,”  said Krista Wade, General Manager at New Horizons.

In fact, the data reveals that companies are experiencing rapidly shifting expectations for job roles and careers, including:

  • The skills gap is costing companies nearly $1 million annually, according to the new CareerBuilder survey. More than two thirds of employers who said they were increasing their number of employees have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates.
  • According to CompTIA's Assessing the IT Skills Gap, which surveyed 600 U.S. IT and business executives in 2017, 57 percent of large firms, 44 percent of medium firms, 47 percent of small firms, and 23 percent of micro-size firms agree the IT skills shortage is growing.
  • The IT skills gap is especially problematic, with shortcomings in emerging tech, cloud and security – 83 percent of companies stated they are lacking the required skills to drive a successful business transformation, and 72 percent said that their lacking the technology skills necessary.
  • According to another LinkedIn Learning survey, 68 percent of IT pros say mastering both hard and soft skills are critical for them moving into a leadership role.

Managing Director of Productivity Point Global Amy Spears said the company had been looking for new ways to bring more skills and training to its clients. She found New Horizons particularly appealing because it addresses a real need to help upgrade people at all levels of a corporation with hundreds of course offerings and different learning methods.

“The exceptional service, expertise and coverage of certified instructors throughout the New Horizon’s network and strong capabilities in emerging technologies, security, and professional skills training, helped us choose New Horizons to scale with our rapidly growing customer base,” said Spears.

Spears will be joining New Horizons to work on bringing their clients into the New Horizons network and expand business development strategies, particularly across the areas of IT, Business Analysis, Project Management, Human Resources, and Leadership. Spears also said there’s a transition plan for current PPG customers: “I think our clients will be excited for the in-depth trainings and capabilities we’ll be able to bring to them with New Horizons”

About New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of South Florida

Established in 1997, New Horizons Learning Centers of South Florida is the industry training leader with cutting-edge courses and learning methods built specifically for end-users, corporations, government, veterans, and individuals. Their depth of courses, certifications and custom training solutions center around Information Technology (IT), Desktop Applications, Project Management, Leadership, and Professional Development. As a learning solutions provider for many of the industry's top vendors, including SHRM, PMP, Microsoft, VMware, CompTIA and Cisco, among others, New Horizons South Florida offers the latest authorized classes delivered by certified instructors committed to helping organizations and individuals upgrade proficiencies and close the skills gap across the entire IT and Business continuum.

Named New Horizons Mega Center of the Year and Best Places to Work by South Florida Business Journal for five years in a row, New Horizons South Florida has locations in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and the Caribbean. For more information, visit our website at www.nhflorida.com