A Gateshead technology firm is primed for expansion as it looks to create new jobs on the back of demand for its specialist online education software.
Team Valley-based Mesma, which has seen sales take off among schools and colleges in its first full year of trading, is looking to recruit additional software developers to bolster its existing team.
The move forms part of plans by the firm’s directors Neil Donkin, Carole Loader and Louise Doyle to develop and diversify its core improvement planning Mesma software.
Launched into the education sector in 2013, the software helps schools and other education providers toproperly prepare for Ofsted inspections, which often take place at short notice.
The system enables heads and other staff to focus more time and resources on teaching and learning provision and less on paperwork, helping them to complete self-assessment reports – a requirement of the Ofsted common inspection framework.
Now, the firm is aiming to recruit more developers to help design additional new components that schools, colleges and national not-for-profit groups like The MindSet require.
Directors aim to grow the current workforce of three to eight by the end of 2015, meaning they are looking to bring on board up to five new software developers over next 12 months.
Company director Louise Doyle said: “We have exceeded our expectations and are now ready to bring on-board additional developer resources to meet demand and move our core software offering forward to the next stage.
“We are actively looking to create a number of new posts for talented and skilled developers, who are keen to join a young and hungry business that has huge potential for growth over the next five years.
“We are also keen to speak to individuals interested in part-time business development positions, in line with our ethos to provide flexible working opportunities as we build our company.”