When a company is considering relocating employees to a new location, information must be provided to serve a broad constituency and ensure key staff accept the offer to move. Employees will be interested in a wide range of information such as public, private or preschools, special needs or gifted education.
Our group moves services provides cost – effective information for a variety of employees education needs for children preK – 12. This comprehensive report gives both a broad overview of educational systems and school options and also digs down into details of individual schools, difficulty of admissions and waitlist processes.
Case Study: Doha, Qatar
Challenge: Group Move of Multinational Employees
Doha offers a wealth of schooling options, but there are significant issues that affect school placement. It very important for the relocating employees to understand the factors that affect their school choices and to be sure to plan well in advance for these school placements.
- Debentures and other priority admission categories
- Governmental interference in schools – even international
- Huge influx of expats
- Many different school types
- Proliferation of new schools with no track record
- Traffic and housing location vs. school location
To research the schooling market in Doha required research into public/state, private and for profit education. The types, location, and viability of schools are strongly affected by the exponential growth in the city and the types of expats moving in. Schools are opening at a rapid rate which makes assessing quality difficult even with advertised accreditations. Established international schools have long waitlists and priority categories. The demand for international schools is fueled not only by the influx of expats, but also the wealthy Qataris who find the “Western” curriculum to be advantageous. Using research tools, such as interviews and on-the-ground consultants, mapped reasonable options and backups and managed expectations in the context of the environment.