- Pan India association with upGrad to enhance member experience in WeWork locations.
- Benefits offered to WeWork members include discounts on upGrad programs, personalized career counselling, conducting periodic webinars and expert sessions on key themes among others.
- Access to enterprise focussed events serve as L&D programs for enterprise members, helping engage, attract and retain top talent housed in WeWork’s workspaces
upGrad, India’s leading online higher education company has partnered with WeWork, world’s leading space-as-a-service platform, bringing the two leaders together in a strategic move. Through this association, upGrad will leverage WeWork’s large members base to introduce industry-relevant programs and higher learning to the workplace, with an objective of enhancing member experiences and advancing their professional journeys. WeWork members across all locations in India would now be able to access a minimum 10% discount on upGrad programs, no commitment trials, free personalised career counselling, mock interview and resume screening among other benefits.
To further encourage knowledge transfer of relevant industry skills, experts in fields such as Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Product Management will periodically conduct interactive webinars for WeWork members. These webinars will be a platform for members to interact with the experts and get a first-hand look into current industry trends. Apart from this, focussed hackathons would also be conducted at WeWork locations to help domain experts collaborate extensively on various projects.
50% of WeWork’s members in India are enterprises. Keeping this in mind, the alliance would also host enterprise focussed career fairs and basecamps on relevant topics. These forums would encourage networking, extending learnings and opportunities from members who are part of WeWork’s extensive enterprise base, paving the way towards collaborative learning for all. Additionally, these programs would also serve as L&D programs for enterprise members, helping them engage, attract and retain top talent housed in WeWork’s workspaces.
Elaborating on the partnership, Gaurav Kumar, President- Corporate Development says, “Our new journey with WeWork will bring forth an immersive learning experience for their employees. With industry-ready programs and accurate domain knowledge, upGrad commits to perfect the economic imbalance of adequately required workforce vs the current supply. All our deep learning programs, LifeLongLearning-related content on the app and other social media platforms are designed to embellish the hard and soft skills of working professionals, thereby enhancing their employability quotient. With our outcome-based learning approach, we have seen 20,000+ working professionals’ transition in their careers and we look forward to creating another benchmark with this alliance coming into force.”
Commenting on the partnership Karan Virwani, CEO, WeWork India says “Joining hands with upGrad gives us the chance to encourage our members to upskill themselves by accessing valuable insights shared by industry experts. We believe this association will benefit those who are looking to advance their professional growth, no matter who they are, or what they are currently pursuing. Our ultimate goal is to create a highly engaging, collaborative and positive learning environment for all our members and this partnership brings us closer to achieving this”.
Founded in early 2015, upGrad offers online programs for working professionals. In a short span of around 5 years, upGrad on-boarded over 21.5K paid learners and impacted more than 370K individuals globally, making it India’s largest online higher-education company, basis gross revenue generated from the Indian market in FY18-19.
upGrad provides programs in the areas of Data Science, Technology, Management and MBA to college students, working-class and enterprises. These programs are designed and delivered in collaboration with top-notch universities like IIT Madras, IIIT-B, BITS Pilani, MICA, NMIMS Global Access, Duke CE, Liverpool John Moores University and others. To further enhance the learning experience, a comprehensive ecosystem has been built which includes one-on-one mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, industry networking and most importantly expert career guidance providing learners holistic support to elevate their careers to the next level.
The company has been awarded the title of ‘Best Tech for Education’ by IAMAI in 2019. The company received the ‘Best Education Brands’ award by Economic Times and has made it to LinkedIn’s ‘Top 25 Startups’ two years in a row in 2018 and 2019.
WeWork provides members with space, community, and services through physical and virtual offerings. Its mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. As of 2019 fourth-quarter close, WeWork had 740 locations across 140 cities and 37 countries, as well as 662,000+ memberships, including global enterprises. WeWork is committed to providing members around the world with a better day at work for less.
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