Global leader of student employability solutions as well as an H.I.G. Capital portfolio company, Symplicity Corporation, has recently announced that they have acquired the largest integrated network of intern and job career portals in Brazil, Contratanet, which will allow Symplicity to further their support towards local communities and universities.
Symplicity has more than 20 years of experience in international markets, partnering with institutions and employers to build employability strategies for higher education students, and supporting career offices and university departments. More than 1,300 universities use its career service platform in more than 30 countries, including Brazil. Through its partnership with Grupo A Educação, an educational holding company with more than 40 years of experience in the Brazilian market, Symplicity provides local services and support throughout the country.
A market leader in career services technology in Brazil, Contratanet has an active network of more than 1,000 universities, 150,000 employers and more than 4 million candidates. Headquartered in Belo Horizonte (MG), it offers a portal that connects educational institutions, companies and candidates, bringing opportunities and students closer together, as well as facilitating the dissemination and management of recruitment processes.
“This acquisition will not only enhance and significantly expand our global network of candidates and employers—it will also ensure that we are supporting the unique needs of our university clients in Brazil, with in-region client support and strategic services from two of the most experienced career services providers in the industry,” said Matthew Small, Symplicity President and CEO.
“In Grupo A, we are always looking for innovative and efficient educational solutions for our clients. The partnership with Symplicity last year filled a fundamental gap in our portfolio regarding employability and career building for higher education students. The acquisition of Contratanet adds a solid local operation designed from specific demands of the Brazilian market to Symplicity’s expertise,” said Rodrigo Madeira, Grupo A’s New Business Manager. “Our biggest goal as a company is to be the best partner for Brazilian universities. Today we feel more complete and ready to help them prepare and refer their students to the labor market.”
According to Rodrigo Harlley, CEO and Founder of Contratanet, the company’s objective in merging with Symplicity is to offer Brazilian students best practices in career development and employability consistent with the best practices of top universities around the world. “We believe that the current career vision must be global, and that Brazilian educational institutions will have a stronger partner with even more comprehensive solutions and the necessary expertise to deliver the best employability services to their students and alumni.”
“We are excited to bring onboard the valuable expertise of the Contratanet team, reinforcing our market leadership in providing the most expansive network of candidates and employers,” said Small.
Edited by K. Fanning
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