The merger of two Irish education companies has led to the formation of Olus Education, a new digital learning firm that helps kids and schools with tech training in anticipation of their return to school.
The Academy of Code, which is based in Dublin, and virtual ed-tech consultant Cocoon have joined forces to provide the blended learning portal for children, teenagers and teachers to use in schools.
Olus Education’s learning platform can be used by students at home and in the classroom, equipping them with essential digital skills from beginner level to more advanced levels.
According to the company’s CEO, Diarmuid Ó Muirgheasa, a lot of Irish children and young people have very good tech skills already, and Olus Education’s aim is to expand on this: “Ireland’s young people are already leaders in this area and Olus Education wants to inspire them to reach their full potential,” he said.
Students will be able to familiarise themselves with tools such as Google Workspace, creative media and coding. They will also learn about digital wellbeing.
Olus Education plans to continue the Academy of Code’s ‘Pathway to Computer Science’ programme, which provides a detailed learning framework for young people who want to develop their coding and technology skills on an extra-curricular basis.
Schools can choose to avail of a designated mentor from Olus Education’s team of 30 educators and support staff to help them implement the lesson plans.
The company has ambitious plans for the next few years, with a target of employing over 100 full-time staff by 2026, when the team also plans to have brought 250,000 students from Ireland, the UK and further afield on board its platform.
Olus Education’s chief product officer Gavin Molloy said the increase in remote learning for children and adults alike since 2020 has opened many people’s eyes to the possibilities surrounding virtual education platforms.
Molloy commented: “This trend was growing before the pandemic but now, digital learning has been accepted as a vital part of a well-rounded education, preparing young people for future careers and a more tech-reliant society.”
Olus Education investor, businessman and founder of software company Openet, Joe Hogan, said the company was offering the right product at the right time.
“Knowing the sector as I do, and the quality brought by the various parties to the Olus Education setup, I have every confidence this will be a fantastic addition to the education and tech landscape in Ireland,” he concluded.
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