10 October 2018
VERTO has today announced that it will acquire leading Western NSW training institution, Western College. The acquisition sees Western College join the VERTO business, while retaining its current name and operating base in Dubbo, NSW.
VERTO is committed to continuing the outstanding work that has already been done by Western College throughout the Dubbo region. The two organisations have a rich history of partnership, working together on a number of joint projects.
Commenting on the purchase, VERTO President, Andrew Abel, said “We are excited to see Western College join the VERTO family. This acquisition forms a part of a broader strategy at VERTO, looking at how we can grow our service offering and capability to deliver to communities across NSW and Australia. Western College is a perfect fit for our business, with our two organisations sharing many similarities.”
VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, believes their long associations will only help in making the transition easier for both businesses. He added, “Our growth strategy has seen VERTO increase the services we offer in other parts of NSW, such as the recent addition of new employment services across the North Coast. The expansion allows us to grow our presence in Western NSW, where Western College has built a reputation for delivering quality services. And importantly, we will be able to provide additional assistance to the local community, in the form of apprenticeship and employment services.”
Western College Chairman, Rod Crowfoot, agrees that the acquisition by VERTO is a positive for the college. “VERTO have demonstrated their ability to deliver programs across NSW that add real value for their clients. We’re excited about the future and the services that Western College will be able to deliver across the region,” Crowfoot said.
While continuing to operate as Western College, there will be some minor changes to branding to incorporate the VERTO name. Western College operations will also continue as normal. “We expect minimal disruption while integrating the Western College operations into the wider VERTO business,” added Maxwell.