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Talent RISE and Skillsoft join forces to upskill young jobseekers

Talent RISE and Skillsoft have announced a partnership to provide upskilling opportunities for young people experiencing barriers to employment.  

Recognising that upskilling is essential in the pandemic-induced employment downturn, Skillsoft has provided access to free learning content to the young people Talent RISE supports to enable them to learn valuable skills and become work ready.  

Talent RISE, the charity arm of digital recruitment specialist Talent International, offers education, training, work readiness programmes, and job placement opportunities for young people who experience challenging barriers to employment. Wherever possible, RISE provides these young people with entry level tech or digital roles and access to Skillsoft learning content.  

Despite the hiring rate across the economy falling, data from LinkedIn shows that the need for software and IT support is up 17.3%, while other administration and business-based roles are showing consistent demand. Through the relationship with Skillsoft, RISE provides young people complimentary access to more than 1,000 courses related to business and professional development and computing that will enable them to upskill in these more in-demand sectors.  

Talent RISE Founder Richard Earl said the support from Skillsoft will have a significant impact on the charity’s young people and the broader community.  

“The immediate impact of the coronavirus downturn on workers has been large and unequal, with young people being hit the hardest,” he said. “To find work, many young people are going to need to change industries and reskill in areas of higher demand such as the tech and digital sector which is where Talent operates. This generous gift of learning content licences from Skillsoft couldn’t come at a better time for our young people and will enable them to upskill in order to re-enter the job market in this challenging time.”  

“Many young people have suffered job loss due to COVID-19, so we’re delighted to be able to support the youth community with the opportunity to upskill,” says Rosie Cairnes, Vice President, Skillsoft APAC. “Digital transformation and emerging technologies are generating jobs that require candidates to have deeper technical skills training, and this is a great opportunity for young people to get up to speed with how to implement, interpret, and manage technology to ensure they’re employable.” 

Sarah Butt, one of the young people leveraging the complimentary access to Skillsoft courses, said: “The Talent RISE team have been working with me to help me find employment which has been challenging during Covid-19, but the access to Skillsoft online learning courses has provided me with the opportunity to upskill and enhance my knowledge. I’m looking forward to exploring more courses and I’m really excited to add the accreditations to my CV.” 

To date, Talent RISE has engaged more than 3,000 young people through workshops and mentoring and successfully placed more than 250 into meaningful employment across the EMEA, Australia and New Zealand.

Talent is the largest independently-owned and operated digital recruitment specialist in Australia and New Zealand, operating across 18 locations world-wide.

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