Our Story


Futura Group’s ability to innovatively solve learning dilemmas goes back to our beginnings. Have a look at the timeline below to see where we’ve come from.

Year: 1998

Reinhold Forster, our CEO, was first drawn to this field when he was working within TAFE NSW as Senior Head Teacher in Tamworth. He identified the key challenges facing hospitality students in this rural location and developed some interactive resources together with Ross Galloway to address shortfalls in access.

Year: 1999

We started “Futura Training”, focusing on the development of interactive CD-ROMs with books, and eventually the improvement of an entire catalogue of hospitality training materials.

Year: 2008

As internet speeds improved, Futura Group’s focus shifted to online learning, enabling resources to be shared across the globe.

Year: 2010

Our in-house, online content authoring tool was used to create linear content, allowing us to update content more regularly.

Year: 2012

During an intense brainstorming session the eCoach framework was born – to be developed in Adobe Flash. eCoach allowed for rapid – yet high-quality – production of eLearning content. Since this time, we’ve worked on many worthwhile projects and collaborations with organisations such as the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Triumph Education, Minor Hotel Group in South East Asia, Galaxy Entertainment Group in Macau, Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia and the Australian Federation of Travel Agents.

Year: 2015

We began work on an experimental idea to make the eCoach software we use in-house available to anyone.

Year: 2017

Futura Group restructured to reflect the growing areas of the business. The team at Futura Group continues to innovate in development of training resources in new areas to tackle new markets, led by Iain Macdougall. Today, Futura Group utilises eCoach to develop and deliver our own resources online, as well as to create eLearning for our clientele that can be easily updated.

Moving into the future, Futura Group will continue to innovate and is committed to producing quality learning products second to none.