PRIVATE education conglomerate Advtech has capped a strong interim performance from its tertiary division by making two specialist acquisitions. On Monday the company announced it had acquired Capsicum Culinary School and a stake in distance-learning specialist Oxbridge Academy with effect from July 1. Capsicum is one of the country’s largest culinary schools with about 600 full-time students across six campuses. Advtech CEO Roy Douglas said the Capsicum acquisition was part of the company’s tertiary thrust into niches where employment opportunities were good. "We think the tourism/hospitality sector should offer great career opportunities. We had this in mind when buying Capsicum." Advtech also snapped up a 51% stake in Oxbridge Academy. Douglas said Advtech had not yet meaningfully tackled the distance-learning sector, saying that 40% of tertiary students were engaged in this form of studying. He said the Oxbridge partnership offered a wide variety of qualifications and introduced...

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