The Further Learning Group was established in 2004 with the aim of providing quality distance learning courses that would enable students to acquire the skills they needed to change their careers. Over the last decade Further Learning has grown to encompass a number of international academies offering a variety of fully accredited classroom-based and home study courses to students around the world.

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• Ireland Launch
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• Australia Launch
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Our programmes enable our students to do what they truly love and go further. As CEO of the Further Learning Group, this is what excites me the most. Witnessing our student’s achievements is inspiring and so in turn we are inspired to continue to work together to make our high-quality learning innovative, accessible, and affordable.



Joaquim Cruz

Joaquim is passionate about finance and has extensive international experience. Believes education is the best tool to bring about the change we want to see in our lives and societies. In his role values accuracy, integrity and strives to be and do better every day.

David Willett

As an experienced business leader, David has a track-record in starting, building, and operating businesses in the Education Technology Sector. He co-founded the PDS Group in 2005 and following a successful acquisition by US based Global Knowledge in 2014, David went onto develop an extremely successful commercial operation as The Open University’s Commercial Director until 2020. David is extremely excited about his latest challenge of leading The Further Learning Group. Building on its strong foundations, David’s clear and commercial understanding of how digital technologies are transforming learning solutions across the globe is key to the execution of the strategic growth of the business.

Myles O’Reilly

Myles provides strategic leadership to the Further Learning Group as chairman and was the CEO until 2020. Throughout his career he has championed custom software solutions that enhance the education experience. Myles has a Masters in Education from Trinity College Dublin.

Mark Cummins

Mark has over 15 years’ sales experience with extensive management and training expertise. Having worked primarily in the IT industry Mark is excited about entering the rewarding world of education and is focused on delivering the best possible customer experience.

Ciarda Barrett
Ciarda Barrett

Ciarda is the Chief Learning Officer with Further Learning and has been with the company since its foundation. She is an education management professional with over a decade of senior management experience. Ciarda successfully led the academic team in its various accreditation and partnership journeys by developing hobbyist courses into robust academic programmes, and is still smiling!

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Further Learning Group has a deep and abiding commitment to its social responsibilities referring to the social, economic, and environmental impacts of its organization’s activities on a diverse group of stakeholders.

The Further Learning Group is guided by a set of values that are the basis for its development and positioning. We believe in working hard to transform lives by making learning accessible to all. Flexible study paths allow students to learn at their own pace, and offer education to a diverse range of students from multiple backgrounds, anywhere in the world.

We work to maintain and defend fair and transparent relationships with our partners, employees, customers, the community and the environment.

What we believe?

Further Learning Group believes that all should be treated equally, regardless of our race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, belief, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or other status. We are committed to enable learners and employees to pursue individual aspirations, personal development, and progression.

We aspire for everyone to be their authentic selves in the workplace and for everyone’s voice to be heard.

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