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Code Nation acquired by Reed Global

Reed Global has acquired Cheshire-based digital and tech training provider, Code Nation.

Reed stated that the acquisition would “complete [its] total tech talent solution.”

“The stark gap in digital technology skills is a known, wide-scale problem. The pace of change and fierce competition for technology and digital skills is far outstripping the workforce,” explained James Reed CBE, Chairman and CEO of Reed.

“We realised that partnering with a training provider wasn’t enough. We needed to be able to recruit and reskill new talent, or upskill existing employees, at a pace that matches market demands. Acquiring Code Nation allows us to do just that.” 

Reed added:

“By having Code Nation’s expertise on side, we will be able to offer more bespoke solutions for training to help resolve any particular, unique pain points that businesses are experiencing and begin to narrow the persistent skills gap the technology industry is battling.” 

Code Nation was founded in 2018 by David Muir, an ex-senior partner at PwC, IBM and KPMG. 

“This acquisition represents a pivotal moment for our colleagues at Code Nation, our learners, our funding partners and our employers, as well as Reed,” said Muir, who will continue to be involved in the business as Managing Partner.

“We are excited to see this merging of complementary strengths and resources to create something quite unique in the market. We will be able to offer a comprehensive suite of Reed Company Confidential solutions to employers struggling to fill those technical roles and for job seekers struggling to find their footing in the competitive tech space. 

“By joining forces with a well-established and renowned company like Reed, with a mission of ‘improving lives through work’ we can continue to fulfil our mantra of creating work-ready, employable talent.” 

James Wright, Primary Investor and Owner of Code Nation, added: 

“I’m proud to have been with Code Nation from the outset of its journey through the pandemic and to securing an Ofsted Grade 2 rating recently. This acquisition will see Code Nation flourish with expanded reach and conversations with employers and extended solutions for employers and learners.” 

Muir will be joined by Michele Smith, Managing Director of Client Services at Reed Talent Solutions, who will take on the additional role of Managing Director of Code Nation.

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