DDLS Acquires Auldhouse to create Trans-Tasman ICT and Digital Skills Training Powerhouse


DDLS has expanded into New Zealand acquiring Auldhouse in a deal worth NZ$17.3M (A$16.6M). The deal will bolster annual student numbers by close to 10,000 and add three campuses in New Zealand to the seven already established across Australia and the Philippines.

DDLS CEO, Jon Lang, said despite the challenges of COVID-19 and lockdowns present in both countries currently, DDLS and Auldhouse have managed to adapt their delivery models to provide critical ICT training via their virtual live online delivery to businesses undergoing rapid digital transformation.

“With organisations rapidly migrating to the cloud, along with the increasing importance placed on cybersecurity, we’re seeing the demand for digital skills are at an all-time high across the ANZ region.”

“We are very excited about the opportunities this acquisition will afford our customers across the region with increased digital product offerings, a larger range of course events, a deeper pool of highly experienced and credentialed trainers, and the infrastructure across DDLS and Auldhouse to support continued growth,” added Lang.

Auldhouse Managing Director Melanie Hobcraft will continue to head operations in New Zealand with a reporting line into DDLS CEO, Jon Lang. She said DDLS and Auldhouse had very similar cultures and their relationship would open opportunities for businesses operating in both countries.

“Auldhouse has a presence in New Zealand’s three largest cities. There is no other IT training provider that can match our geographic reach, breadth, depth, and regularity of public scheduled courses. We’ll be able to expand this significantly with DDLS vendor and course offerings, including its industry leading cybersecurity training. And with the majority of DDLS courses now offered virtually in Australia, we’ll easily be able to tap into its much larger offering,” added Hobcraft.