Provision of vocational masters programmes
24 Ore Business School was a leading player in the tertiary education segment in Italy, providing professionally-oriented education and training. Established in 1991 as a business unit of Il Sole 24 ORE, the school had two headquarters in Milan and Rome and enrolled more than 26,000 students a year onto its courses both in classrooms and online. The Company differentiates itself by creating targeted courses focused on the real needs of business and employs highly experienced industry professionals to originate original content and deliver lessons. Most courses incorporate an internship for the students, which presents a highly successful pathway to employment.
Palamon’s investment stems from its ongoing thematic work in the education sector to identify businesses that benefit from a structural shift towards private education. Palamon previously invested in Cambridge Education Group, a pathway provider for foreign students to access western universities. Palamon believes that 24 Ore Business School is ideally positioned to address the significant need for specialised vocational training among the Italian youth where unemployment in some regions stands at more than 30%.