In response to the ongoing healthcare and economic crisis, DHL has teamed up with global educational institution Shaw Academy to offer complimentary access to online interactive courses to its employees across the region.
The move, which was announced today, will see over 3700 DHL employees across Sub Sahara Africa given access to a range of subjects which focus on developing practical skills enabling them to expand their skillset while working remotely. Subjects available include professional disciplines such as marketing, technology, design, photography, photoshop, business, finance and also a variety of lifestyle courses to such as nutrition and music, all of which help to promote a healthy work life balance and wellbeing while been remotely located.
The interactive classes are designed to allow students to learn at their own pace, with them posing questions to the Shaw Academy’s proprietary in-house AI driven chatbot, which is able to respond immediately and with a high degree of accuracy. Student Advisors, experts in each subject matter, are also available to assist students.
The focus on education and giving employees the ability to gain new skills for free is key at a time when the current crisis is causing, and will most likely continue to cause, major job disruption and financial strain for people across Sub Sahara Africa.
Paul Clegg VP of Human Resources at DHL Express, Sub Saharan Africa said,
“At DHL we have been very conscious of providing support to our employees during this unprecedented period. The benefit of this partnership is that some subjects are directly connected with our team’s day to day roles and will be hugely beneficial while other subjects despite not directly related with the business will still add considerable value. We believe supporting our staff from both a professional and personal perspective is crucial during these challenging times and that this investment will see DHL growing from strength to strength. This partnership with Shaw Academy allows us to do this.”
Commenting on the partnership, CEO & Founder of Shaw Academy, James Egan said,
“Shaw Academy is working with our partners to meet this crisis head on. We are capable of educating at scale in a flexible, convenient and engaging manner through our online interactive classes. We want to ensure that all employees of our partners and society as a whole can learn the skills they need to succeed in this new world. We are encouraging everyone to use this time of uncertainty to reskill and upskill and learn something new.”
Shaw Academy was founded in 2012 and has offices in Dublin, Bangalore, Cape Town and New Hampshire, USA. It employs over 100 staff globally. Since its founding, Shaw Academy has grown to offer 70+ online courses, and has over 6.5 million students worldwide. Partnering with major B2C brands globally, the company has seen a major surge in user registrations and partnership activations in the past number of weeks.
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