Corporate digital learning specialist, Skillsoft, has announced a content partnership with online training provider, Udemy Business.
The new collaboration will see Skillsoft integrate Udemy Business’ content into its next-generation, AI-integrating Percipio platform.
“This content partnership enables us to continue on our mission to bring learning into the flow of work,” said Greg Brown, president, Udemy Business.
The move, he added, would help “technology teams deliver the continuous innovation and sophistication required to drive sustainable business growth in today’s economy”.
To meaningfully reskill employees, organisations must provide adequate training and resources to drive proficiency, which is required to solve the skills gap equation – Cushing Anderson IDC
Udemy Business content will augment Skillsoft’s Aspire Journeys programme, offering role-based and skill-based learning paths.
Earlier this year, Skillsoft’s Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report found that 76% of IT decision-makers experience critical skills gaps in their teams, a 145% increase on 2016.
This, said Skillsoft, means that “it is more important than ever to build a talent pool from within,” with the company also citing a prediction from global market intelligence providers, IDC, that digital transformation-related IT skill shortages will affect 90% of organisations by 2025.
“To meaningfully reskill employees, organisations must provide adequate training and resources to drive proficiency, which is required to solve the skills gap equation,” said Cushing Anderson, program vice president, IT education and certification, IDC, as he backed the new partnership.
“Technologists are hands-on learners, and for training to truly resonate they require a combination of traditional and action-oriented learning activities, including practice labs and sandbox environments, where they can put newfound skills to the test.”
“We are excited to add Udemy Business to a growing and impressive roster of content partnerships,” said Apratim Purakayastha, chief technology officer, Skillsoft.
“By providing organisations with the ability to shape custom Aspire Journeys, we are better able to equip individuals with mastery of very specific technical skills, in addition to attaining more in-depth competencies to help organisations close critical skills gaps.”