History

Our History

Angus Knight is constantly growing, transforming. We have a rich history of empowering people and transforming lives.

1991

The Angus Knight Group was founded by Duncan Angus and Peter Knight to deliver hospitality training, at a time when governments were moving vocational training expenditure to the private sector. The Group developed innovative courses in job search training which were included as part of a government funded program to assist the unemployed in Australia.

1998

The Group leveraged its experience in working with the unemployed and successfully bid for the Federal Government’s Employment Services Contract (ESC) – being awarded 16 sites and becoming a foundation member of the Job Network. Over the next decade, through a number of acquisitions and successful tenders, Jobfind built a company with a national footprint as the largest private provider of workforce development in Australia.

1999

Recognising the growing interest in online learning, Angus Knight invested in eLearning with the aim of entering the vocational education and training market. This resulted in the formation of Click2Learn (later renamed SumTotal) and the acquisition of Omni – from the ANZ Bank. These businesses formed the cornerstone for what is now the Education and Training division of the Group.

2007

Westpac Direct Equity Investment became a major shareholder in the Angus Knight Group in December 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Work Directions Australia (a previous Job Network service provider led by Therese Rein). The acquisition of WDA more than doubled the size of the Employment Services business and provided an increased footprint in Queensland and New South Wales, as well as a presence in Victoria.

2009

The Job Network program was replaced by Job Services Australia (JSA) and Jobfind becomes one of the largest providers in the country with a range of pre-employment, training, recruitment and post-employment services under contract with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) – now known as the Department of Employment and separately the Department of Education. JSA is designed to assist people into employment by working with employers, training providers and job seekers to find individuals sustainable employment and address any vocational or non-vocational barriers, as required. Jobfind begins to deliver services under the Government’s re-launched Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program was to assist Indigenous individuals and communities to improve their economic and social well-being. This program is rolled into the Remote Jobs and Communities Program in 2013.

2013

RealPath was established by Jobfind and Interwork and is a leading provider of employment services for job seekers with a disability, injury or ongoing health condition in New South Wales and South Australia. RealPath builds the capability and capacity of people and businesses to achieve sustainable employment and productivity through tailored employment services. In July, Jobfind begins delivering services under the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) in 6 regions in Queensland (Wellesley Islands, Western Tablelands and Kowanyama/Pormpuraaw) and the Northern Territory (Katherine, West Arnhem and Darwin Daly). Under the RJCP contract, Jobfind works with individuals, communities and local employers to help more people into jobs and build stronger communities.

2017

Angus Knight expands the businesses into Victoria with the acquisition of Direct Recruitment. Angus Knight buys minority shareholding in Supply Nation Certified (Majority Indigenous Owned) business Real Futures.

2018

Angus Knight partners with Life Without Barriers and starts Joblife. RISE-Ngurratjuta formed in partnership with Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation. Two new training companies, Core Industry Training and Jigsaw Training became part of the Angus Knight Group. Angus Knight purchases two Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) Core Industry Training and Jigsaw Training.

2019

Nyirrunggulung-RISE formed in partnership with Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation

2020

Angus Knight purchased Learning Sphere and Learn Plus Us (UK). Angus Knight and 200+ year old UK Charity Catch 22 form new company called Jobs 22.

By drawing on our strengths and expertise at the Angus Knight Group, and the experience we gain from operating in government, corporate and community markets, we work together to inspire success for our customers and partners.

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aims to ensure that we are:

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