A Gateshead firm working in the education sector expects to create new software development jobs after securing a major contract with not-for-profit group, The Mindset.
Education software specialists Mesma will be developing their Student Employability Toolkit software for all UK colleges, with the work potentially involving a 10-year roll-out and delivery programme.
The MinSset is a group of like-minded organisations committed to changing perceptions, and reality, when it comes to the further education sector preparing students for work.
Mesma’s software - originally created in response to changes implemented by Ofsted that meant pre-inspection notification times would be reduced - is already being used by MindSet colleges, but is now to be made available to all, free of charge.
Aimed at helping education providers remain ‘Ofsted-ready’ at all times, it allows users to review existing provisions against a criteria designed by the MindSet group, identifying areas of strength and weakness.
Mesma is owned and operated by three directors - Neil Donkin, Carole Loader and Louise Doyle - who between them have more than 30 years experience in business and working in with the education sector.
The latest contract was won following a competitive tender process.
Doyle said: “We are delighted to be able to provide the technology backbone for the roll-out of the Student Employability Toolkit.
“We could immediately see synergies between our current platform and the brief for the Toolkit.
“Our learning to date on how to deliver easy to use, accessible software has already been of value and we have identified how we can enhance it further due to our fledgling partnership with REED NCFE.”
The REED NCFE Partnership, specialists in employability and recruitment, forms an active part of the MindSet group, supporting the colleges involved.
Executive director Alasdair Downes said: “We are delighted to be working with Mesma, enabling the FE sector identify its strengths and areas for improvement, helping young people move from learning into work.”