Partnerships and Alliances (January 2022)

The latest training industry mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and more.

  • WorldatWork, a global nonprofit organization for professionals engaged in the practice of compensation and rewards, is expanding its global and mobile footprint through a strategic partnership with Expatise Academy, a Netherlands-based leader in HR global mobility and compensation and benefits education.With remote work arrangements here to stay, global workforce deployment (GWD) is a solution for sustaining business agility under highly volatile labor conditions. GWD demands close collaboration of all stakeholders and an interdisciplinary approach to learning from a multinational, multicultural perspective. To help address this need, WorldatWork and Expatise Academy are partnering to deliver comprehensive educational and certification offerings for compensation, benefits, and rewards leaders.
  • SME (, a nonprofit professional association dedicated to advancing manufacturing, and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute ( are partnering to drive smart manufacturing further and faster by aligning their resources and educating the industry. The first joint initiative is the formation of a new national Smart Manufacturing Executive Council, which will engage business and technology executives, thought leaders, and visionaries as a “think tank” advocating for the transformation of the ecosystem. In addition, the synergistically combined CESMII and Tooling U-SME training portfolios and new content collaborations will expedite smart manufacturing adoption, driving progress through transformational workforce development.
  • Chegg, Inc., a student-first connected learning platform, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Busuu, a language learning platform that has reached more than 120 million learners to date across more than 160 countries. Busuu provides courses in 12 different languages to 500,000-plus paying subscribers. The acquisition is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.
  • Allego, a sales enablement platform provider, formed a partnership with Korsgaden International, an insurance and financial services consultancy, to offer Korsgaden’s consulting and training services within the Allego sales enablement platform.
  • handl Group, an outsourced services provider, acquired organizational health and well-being specialist, Robertson Cooper. Manchester-based Robertson Cooper works with UK and international corporate, public-sector, and higher education clients to deliver a sustainable approach to mental health and well-being in the workplace.
  • Attensi AS, an SAP partner delivering gamification and simulation-based training, announced that its Attensi Technology Platform is certified for integration with cloud solutions from SAP. The SAP certification means the Attensi Technology Platform is certified for integration with SAP SuccessFactors solutions, helping to ensure a unified user experience and natural data flow, with the allocation and follow-up of learning, as well as competence and development.
  • Felix Global, a leadership development, career transition and executive search firm, acquired Shields Meneley Partners, a provider of C-suite career transition services, executive assessment, coaching, and “portfolio life” (a program for executives’ post-corporate life). Twelve team members from Shields Meneley Partners have joined the Felix Global team. Shields Meneley Partners will continue to be based out of Chicago while working with customers worldwide.
Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.