Leonardo to Offer Continuous Online Training to 40,000 Employees

23.07.2020 North America
Leonardo to Offer Continuous Online Training to 40,000 Employees

Leonardo to Offer Continuous Online Training to 40,000 Employees

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Leonardo signed an agreement with Coursera for the continuous training of 40,000 employees on an international scale

This agreement signals greater attention to the growth and continuous professional development of Leonardo employees through online learning and training. Thanks to the agreement with Coursera, the world’s leading digital platform for the use of MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) courses, Leonardo strengthens its training initiatives for its people, in line with its corporate strategy that sees employees and their personal and professional growth as a key element for the Company’s development and sustainability.

Through Coursera’s wide educational offerings – which includes more than 4,000 courses in 11 thematic areas and around 1,200 specialization programs - Leonardo will allow more than 40,000 employees, in Italy and worldwide, to access multiple training courses, in the name of life-long learning attitude, that is a continuous learning process adaptable to the needs of individuals, and to allow the acquisition of new skills, not only professional, but also personal.

Leonardo’s employees will, therefore, have unlimited access to the extensive Coursera catalogue, the courses are 50% linked to Leonardo’s Competence Management System and provided by the most prestigious Universities and world leader companies in the hi-tech industry. The agreement introduces an innovative training standard that offers the possibility to obtain certifications of the educational path, issued by Coursera on behalf of the main universities in the world, which each employee can also directly share on their LinkedIn profile.

“The agreement with Coursera confirms Leonardo’s commitment to investing in its most important strategic asset, its people, through further expanding our educational offer. The agreement promotes the continuous updating of our employees, supporting the spread of lifelong learning attitude and of self-entrepreneurship,” said Simonetta Iarlori, Leonardo’s Chief People, Organization & Transformation Officer 

Through this tool Leonardo enhances significantly the use of Mobile Learning, a form of learning which involves the use of mobile supports, to allow continuous access to learning processes. This new formula, involves, to date, about 67% of companies in the United States and that, since 2000, has seen a 900% increase in use. Thanks to Mobile Learning, it is possible to respond to the new challenges in the workplace, allowing all the employees to learn what they want, when they want, significantly reducing skills gaps and promoting the increase of employability.

The agreement between Leonardo and Coursera has a two-fold objective: to guarantee an adequate response to the growing need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills, and to contribute spontaneously to personal and professional development, even outside the current field of activity of each employee.

Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defense and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries such as Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio.

Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space). In 2019 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of €13.8 billion and invested €1.5 billion in Research and Development.

Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is now a leading online learning platform for higher education, where 66 million learners from around the world come to learn skills of the future. More than 200 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, certificates, and degree programs. 


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