Company Name: OS Connect
Name of Company: OS Connect
Company Industries:Online Teaching
Corporate Address:Street: C/ San Blas
Postal Code: 20000
Well, it was 2009 and I worked for Oxford University Press. My job was on the commercial side, I had to get the English academies of Western Andalusia to put the OUP textbooks. On the other hand it was a bit more consulting work, for example I had to work with some academies that would use pilot units of textbooks that were still in the oven. The results of those pilots would affect how those books would be in their final version.
I had constant training and I learned a lot about second language acquisition, about different approaches to learning English, which was already one of my passions.
Good job, good salary, great company car … Anyway, what more could you ask for?
But one day I woke up with an idea in my head. He had had an epiphany. Oh oh…
To explain this epiphany I will make a brief flashback to the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and out there. At that time I worked in London in an … online casino! I say
They were fascinating years. Personally because I met some of my best friends, and professionally, because I made contact with digital marketing and because I understood that everything was going to happen online. If a person could “go to the casino”, and spend the money anyway, and have a similar experience all online, it meant that anything could happen online.
A few years later I was still living in London when Skype started to become popular. Today everyone knows Skype and who else and who least uses some kind of app for videoconferences. But in those years it was new. Skype appeared on 2004 …
Now I don’t have to explain the epiphany, right? You can see it coming, right? Exact. Academies of English, electronic communication, Skype …
That same year, we return to 2009, I told my idea to the people I wanted to put it into practice. On the one hand my friend Chris Biggie , although the timing was not adequate for both of us and could not be. And on the other hand my sister Rocío. Luckily with Rocío it could be. Luckily for me and also for all the students who have taken a Cambridge or Trinity degree in OS Connect, because without it this adventure would have had the days counted.
So in the first months Rocío was in charge of everything that had to do with the design and technical aspects and I was in charge of attending to the requests for information that were coming to us and giving the classes.
2009 – 2010 was the course of the B1 boom. Until that year the B1 was the license to drive cars. That year two things happened that caused the B1 to stop interacting with the driver’s license and become synonymous with a minimum English requirement.
Those two things were the appearance of the master’s degree that replaced the CAP, the Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude, and the Bologna Plan, which brought the requirement of having a B1 in an official EU language in order to access that master’s degree or even to have Degree degree at the end of the race. And we were there, living that process and helping some of those students get their English B1. Some then returned for the B2. Thank you guys.
In those years, like the rest of the Spanish language academies, we knew what we had to do, specializing in preparing official exams. Being an online academy the road would be a bit more complicated but we finally did it.
In 2013 we were appointed for the first time Cambridge Official Preparatory Center by the Cambridge Examining Center in Madrid. A milestone for an academy that does not teach English in person.
In 2015 we became Trinity Registered Examination Center. All right!
Since then we have continued doing things, we have improved our courses, we have updated our platform, we have added better internal communication systems so that our students can have almost immediate help when they need it …
Our plan is to continue growing. Gradually, but as before, in a sustainable way.
Si necesitas conseguir un título oficial de inglés y nunca tienes tiempo, en Online School Connect te puedes sacar el B1, B2 o C1 de Trinity en tus propios horarios. También puedes hacer un curso completamente online y terminar con un título oficial de inglés. Haciendo el examen oficial también online, desde tu casa.
También somos centro preparador de Cambridge y de Aptis exams. También online.