UK secondary schools have contributed to breaking a Guinness world record for the leading number of views on a cloud technology lesson video.
In collaboration with Google Cloud, UK limited liability partnership KPMG LLP crafted the tutorial which has broken the record for the most watched cloud tech lesson video on YouTube in 24 hours. The video was launched as part of KPMG’s ‘Cloud Curious Challenge’.
KPMG will be donating £1 to Marie Curie, the firm’s new charity partner, taking the total donation to £13,454.
Over 2,964 people watched the video between 12 noon on 17 November and 12 noon on 18 November, including global KMPG employees who tuned in from America, Jamaica, Bermuda, Venezuela, Spain, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Barbados.
Schools across the UK also got involved, with 10,490 pupils from secondary schools in social mobility cold spots such as Bradford and Oldham showing their support for the record attempt.
The cloud skills gap is a real problem that has the potential to stunt digital transformation and business growth in the future – Lisa Heneghan, KPMG
Connecting to cloud
A study by 451 Research showed that 90% of IT decision makers said their businesses were lacking cloud skills. Our ever-growing dependence on digital technologies with remote and hybrid working steadily becoming the future will only serve to broaden this talent gap.
KMPG’s lesson video was designed to highlight this issue, giving viewers the chance to learn more about Cloud ingenuity and the connection it creates between people and businesses.
Lisa Heneghan, chief digital officer at KPMG UK, comments: “We are incredibly proud of this new Guinness world record title and the amount of money raised for Marie Curie, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. The cloud skills gap is a real problem that has the potential to stunt digital transformation and business growth in the future. Technology is ever more important to the way that we work and live and the corresponding tech skills are essential for our future working lives.”
KPMG, who last year recorded a revenue of £2.3 billion, are no stranger to breaking Guinness world records titles.
In 2020, the firm claimed the record for the most people to take part in an online computer programming lesson within 24 hours, raising funds for the firm’s then charity partner the NSPCC.
They also previously performed the largest Taekwondo kick back in 2012, involving 805 colleagues across 11 offices.
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