Cape Town startup embarks on major recruitment drive after R1.4 billion deal

Cape Town-based online education company GetSmarter is embarking on a major recruitment drive following its R1.4 billion acquisition by US-based 2U.

“We are looking for talented people who have a passion for education, can-do attitudes, and are team players that are eager to learn, can work smart, and are prepared to challenge the status quo,” said Ryan Alcock, talent acquisition specialist at GetSmarter.

GetSmarter provides short, competency based online courses to working professionals around the world in collaboration with leading universities.

GetSmarter said its recruitment drive is in line with the steep growth curve the company has seen since 2014.

“With an increased portfolio of courses and university collaborators, it is important that we are adequately resourced to keep this momentum on track,” Alcock said.

The global EdTech industry is currently estimated to be worth $8 billion, and is projected to grow to $252 billion by 2020.

According to the Online Learning Consortium, an estimated 5.8 million students are enrolled in online courses globally.

“GetSmarter is at the forefront of this rapid growth and is pioneering a people-mediated and highly supportive e-learning module in collaboration with the world’s leading universities,” said the company’s chief of talent, Thelmé Janse van Rensburg.

She said the company is looking to recruit talent in several departments including education, marketing and sales, customer services, systems and technology, operations, and creative studios.

GetSmarter currently has 329 staff members. “We are currently advertising 33 positions on our website, but our needs are growing daily,” said Janse van Rensburg.

She said that the bulk of the jobs are permanent, although they include some internships and contract positions.

“As our head office is in Cape Town, the majority of positions will be based here, but we are also recruiting for select positions in the UK and the USA, to manage university relationships,” said Janse van Rensburg.

The company’s recent acquisition by 2U has also opened up a few opportunities to work closely with the 2U team.

Key office perks include an in-house barista, in-house catering service, and gym sessions in the ‘Sweat Box’ with qualified biokineticists.

Read: Cape Town startup concludes R1.4 billion deal with US edtech giant

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