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The sum of the parts is greater than the whole – John Bryce Training UK Ltd. (formerly Aris Education) in Formidable Realignment Brings Mentergy’s World Class e-Learning tools to the UK.


· Name change to John Bryce Training UK Ltd


· Best of Breed blended solutions from THREE award-winning companies


· Proprietary e-Learning solutions & cutting-edge synchronous delivery platform


May 23rd 2002, London, UK – Market-leading Microsoft Gold Learning Partner, John Bryce Training UK Ltd, (formerly known as Aris Education) today proudly unveils a succession of new developments, new products and capabilities that lift it into the big league. The changes are designed to build on award-winning foundations on both sides of the Atlantic, and make it the training partner of choice for major blue chip companies considering cost-effective blended solutions & larger IT training solutions.


As part of NASDAQ quoted Mentergy(tm), Ltd. operating across Europe and the US, John Bryce Training brings a new approach to IT Training. It combines cutting-edge proprietary e-learning services and tools with the long-standing reputation of Aris Education; a leading IT Technical training company famous for high-quality instructor-led training (ILT). The resulting blended solutions fall into the ‘Best of Breed’ category used by FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies throughout the world. These solutions have deliberately been designed so they do not require vast sums of investment.


The strength of the new John Bryce Training UK Ltd. is that it successfully pools the talents and resources of not two, but three organisations that are all award-winners in their respective fields; Aris Education has won Microsoft’s ‘European Training Partner of the Year’ three times in the last decade, John Bryce Training (the European training division of Mentergyä, Ltd.) has won the same award. Furthermore, Mentergy is an award-winner in the USA for its e-learning and blended solution tools. The latter include proprietary industry-standard content development tools and methodologies such as Quest, Designer Edge™ and FastFlex RCD as well as a proprietary synchronous delivery platform called LearnLinc that can operate independently with any Learning Management System (LMS) if required. Some tools are already widely used by Mentergyä, Ltd.’s learning partners but these are now available direct for the first time in the UK without any third party restrictions, either as modules or as a complete package.


Mentergy(tm), Ltd. is a leading global provider of blended e-Learning enterprise solutions with 21 years experience helping businesses make the cost-effective shift from traditional learning to a blended e-Learning approach. A sample from the list of clients includes American Express, Aetna, Boeing, Microsoft, Oracle, Countrywide, AT&T,WorldCom, United Airlines, Autodesk, 3M, Baan, British Aerospace, BT, Compaq (for its new iPaq), EDS, Ford Motor Co., Glaxo SmithKline, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, NASA, NATO, Nestle Food Co., PeopleSoft, Pepsi Cola, Reader’s Digest, Shell Oil Company, Siemens, Times Mirror, Unilever, The World Bank and more.
John Bryce Training UK Ltd’s services now cover:


· IT professional and developer courses

· Bespoke and managed training solutions

· Desktop, ERP, CRM and Bespoke Applications Training

· Courseware Development

· Consultancy


Managing Director and Vice President of Marketing for JBT Europe, Eyal Schneid says ‘We are enhancing our core business by combining innovative methodologies and delivery mechanisms to meet specific customer needs; all with proven Return on Investment. We know blended solutions increase knowledge results up to fourfold versus traditional Instructor-led Training. Large organisations see the benefits and we’re serious about bringing world-class blended solutions to the UK.’


The recent vendor accreditation of Microsoft Gold Learning Partner status signifies that John Bryce Training UK Ltd. is among the elite of Microsoft’s Training Partners, with proven experience on the latest emerging technologies such as .NET. It is one of only 6 training providers to achieve this highest endorsement out of a possible 60 or so UK Microsoft CTECs.


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Rhona Jack MIPR
Director
Blue Click PR
Tel: 01793 523523
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Eyal Schneid
Managing Director
John Bryce Training UK Ltd.
Tel: 0207 549 2200
Email: eyal.schneid@johnbryce.co.uk


Internet Links





http://www.johnbryce.co.uk





http://www.mentergy.com



John Bryce Training UK Ltd.


John Bryce Training UK Ltd. (formerly Aris Education) is a leading provider of ‘blended solutions’; total training solutions which combine innovative methodologies and delivery mechanisms including instructor-led training, web-based training and live internet interactive training using one of the UK’s first live-broadcast online studios.


John Bryce Training UK Ltd. has just been awarded Gold Learning Partner status by Microsoft and is one of only a handful of the 50 or so UK CTECs (Certified Training and Education Centres) to gain this prestigious award in recognition of the level of expertise and quality of Microsoft training.


The organisation’s ability to unite classic, quality IT Training with new training methods cost-effectively, has been widely rewarded. Voted ‘Outstanding’ for both quality and value by readers of IT training magazine in the year 2000, John Bryce Training UK Ltd. has won Microsoft’s ‘European Training Partner of the Year’ award no less than three times in the past decade (under the brand name Aris Education).


This leading Microsoft CTEC has been providing top quality technical education for nearly two decades to 60% of the UK’s FTSE 100. Launched in 1983 as Oxford Computer Group, Aris Education acquired Barefoot Computer Training in 1998 and was sold to Mentergy Group in August 2000. It now forms part of John Bryce Training, Mentergy’s European IT Training arm with branches in Germany, Hungary, Turkey and Israel. This move brought with it the most up-to-date, award-winning e-learning tools, coupled with the experience and proven project methodologies of a global organisation.


More recently, the portfolio has been broadened to offer Checkpoint, Lotus and Novell certification as well as Total Training Solutions. John Bryce Training UK Ltd. has a proven track record in assimilating the latest ERP & CRM technologies within corporations. Uniquely, it is the only IT Training company worldwide which has experience in delivering end-user training for Baan, Clarify, SAP, Siebel and Oracle.Finally, multinational companies can count on John Bryce Training UK Ltd. to train their workforces globally through a partnership with the Global Learning Alliance.



http://www.johnbryce.co.uk


About Mentergy:


Mentergy, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MNTE), formerly Gilat Communications, Ltd. (NASDAQ: GICOF), is a global e-Learning company, providing e-Learning products, consulting, and courseware development services for large enterprises. With over 21 years of expertise in the learning industry, Mentergy assists businesses worldwide to make a cost-effective shift from traditional learning to a blended e-Learning approach. Mentergy Ltd.’s North American operations comprise of the Allen Communication Learning Services division and the LearnLinc Live e-Learning division (Mentergy, Inc.), in addition to John Bryce Training in Israel and Europe, and a global sales and marketing operation that includes Mentergy Europe.



http://www.mentergy.com



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