BOSTON, April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since the economy's upturn, the demand for tutoring has drastically evolved due to a myriad of reasons including the adoption of new technologies, rising student enrollments, intense competition among students, inability of standard education systems to address the unique needs of each student, lack of teaching staff at schools, and outdated school infrastructural facilities. As a result, the marketplace for tutoring has never been stronger, with a study projecting the global private tutoring sector to surpass $102.8 billion by 2018.
Tutor Doctor, the fastest growing "at-home" private tutoring franchise worldwide, is not only paving the way for education systems to grow overseas, but for the entire franchising industry. For instance, while there is not a McDonald's franchise in Tunisia, there is a Tutor Doctor.
"Because of Tutor Doctor's unique one-on-one approach and alignment with students' individual curricula, our services can benefit students of nearly any age, ethnicity, subject, language, etc. which means the sky is the limit," said Frank Milner, President of Tutor Doctor. "We recognize the universal value and vast potential of widespread education, and it is our mission to make both remedial and enrichment education not only accessible, but abundant, in every country across the globe."
Over the past five years, Tutor Doctor has grown from 41 franchises in two countries – U.S. and Canada – to about 220 franchisees, 400 territories and over 15,000 tutors in 15 countries. The leading franchise currently has units in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile, U.K., Ireland, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Nigeria, plus pending franchise agreements in Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and New Zealand for 2014. By the end of 2015, Tutor Doctor aims to have acquired 1,000 franchisees with 60 percent of its units in North America and 40 percent overseas.
To further advance international growth, Tutor Doctor developed three franchise career paths. For new countries where English or Spanish is not the main language, entrepreneurs can opt for the master franchise model. For new countries where English or Spanish is the main language, candidates can apply for master franchise, multi-unit or single-unit franchise opportunities. And for countries with existing operations, entrepreneurs can opt for a master franchise or for multi-unit or single unit franchise opportunities, if still available. Through the master franchise model, one native franchisee supports the entire country by setting up a home office, recruiting franchisees for each available protected territory and providing ongoing support and training. The very first master franchise was sold in November, 2013 in Mexico. The plan for the Mexico master franchise is to develop a total of 50 franchise units in the country.
"Our goal is to become a household name worldwide, and it's exciting knowing we're well on our way," added Milner.
By the end of 2014, Tutor Doctor strives to acquire at least 18 more franchisees in the U.K., seven more franchisees in Mexico, 12 more franchisees in Australia, six more franchisees in Nigeria, three more franchisees in South Africa, and 36 more franchisees in the U.S. Accounting for Tutor Doctor launching in four additional countries in 2014, the tutoring leader projects its franchise count to be over 550 worldwide.
About Tutor Doctor
Tutor Doctor was founded in 2000 as an alternative to the "one-to-many" teaching model most extra-curricular learning centers offer by providing a personalized one-on-one, in-home tutoring service to students. The company quickly grew and in 2003 turned to franchising as a way of expanding the company's impact and meeting the vast market demand. Now with offices internationally in Canada, the United States, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa, the Tutor Doctor vision is becoming a reality as the lives of students and their families are being positively impacted throughout the world. With over 400 franchised territories worldwide, Tutor Doctor was listed by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the fastest growing franchise brands. For more information about Tutor Doctor visit the web site at www.tutordoctor.com.
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