HISTORY

Since 2000

A global and digital partner in learning and development

With new governance since 2014, the Group is at the forefront of consolidation in the training market (creation of Cegos Asia-Pacific in Singapore in 2012; takeover in 2014 of Integrata, the German market leader; opening of a regional platform in Chile in 2015; and the acquisition of the Cimes Group, a French leader in outsourced management of training in 2017).

As a pioneer in distance learning (creation of the first video-based training courses in 1995 and the first e-learning modules in 2001), the Group is constantly innovating to always be in tune with modern uses and the requirements of today’s learners and businesses. As such, Cegos launched a digital platform – LearningHub @Cegos – in 2017 that gives access to training courses and through which users can fully enjoy the Cegos learning experience. Cegos is also a talent-spotter in the market. For example, it organises the Digital Learning Excellence Awards, an event that rewards the most trailblazing training programmes that incorporate the best of digital technology.

Getting trained today means learning to learn. It’s about enjoying an emotionally rich experience that creates value

José Montes, Chairman of the Cegos Group
1958-2000

The development of an international leader

In 1958 in Spain, the senior managers of TEA (Tecnicos Especialitas Asociados) forged ties with Cegos, which became a majority stakeholder in the company in 1960. This Group’s first foreign subsidiary was born. In 1959, Cegos opened a site in Italy, then in Portugal in 1962.

In the decades that followed, Cegos bolstered its global presence considerably, doing business in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. The Group has also been present in China since 1997. As Octave Gélinier says: “Managing is about getting results through means other than oneself and being responsible for what others achieve.”

Managing is about getting results through means other than oneself and being responsible for what others achieve

Octave Gélinier, Chairman of Cegos (1950-1992)
1926-1958:

A pioneering spirit in skills development

In 1926, the CGOST (General Commission for the Scientific Organisation of Work) was created within the employers’ trade body, founded just the first world war. Its mission was to disseminate the ideas and methods associated with the Scientific Organisation of Work. It was headed by Jean Milhaud, a former student at the prestigious École Polytechnique engineering school. He was keen to bring this pioneering, new research laboratory to life, at the crossroads of politics, employer bodies, industry and international causes. In 1936, the CGOST became Cegos.

In 1937, Émile Rimailho’s paper “A uniform method for calculating cost price” was published with a preface written by Auguste Detœuf (founder of Alstom and a former chairman of Cegos). Overwhelmed by high demand, Cegos developed a consultancy service, becoming an advisor to companies. In the post-war period, in 1951, following a series of training-within-industry programmes carried out at construction workshops in Charleroi and a session organised for Peugeot in Sochaux, eastern France, the first training courses were provided. The topics covered were management-control techniques and sales management.