Udemy, Benesse, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offer


SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Udemy (Nasdaq: UDMY), a leading destination for online learning and teaching, and Benesse, its longtime partner in Japan, today announced a new program with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to accelerate the digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Tokyo.

In collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Udemy and Benesse will support the growth of SMEs by offering the most relevant courses in emerging technologies and basic skills, creating a one-stop shop for employee development and retraining within the framework of the government project “DX Reskilling Support Project”. ”

By March 31, 2023, Udemy and Benesse aim to provide 500 employees from 250 Tokyo-based SMEs with organized training plans to develop various skills needed for digital transformation. This includes:

  • An optimized “learning course” for everyone based on a skills assessment
  • “Case Studies” with speakers who are real-world instructors and practitioners
  • A “community of learners” with mentors, colleagues and peers to encourage an effective learning culture

Starting in August 2022, the program will offer courses taught by Japanese instructors in Japanese on various topics through the Udemy Business platform, providing corporate clients with a platform for employee training and development with subscription access. to thousands of courses, learning analytics, and the ability to host and distribute their own content.

Closing skills gaps and training employees as part of digital transformation is a top priority for SMEs around the world, especially in today’s uncertain economy.

“It is important to use new digital technologies to improve business efficiency, attract customers and expand sales channels. Today, many SMEs are facing challenges by not knowing how to do this or having difficulty developing talent in-house,” says Masahiro Nakabayashi, Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government. “We started this project to provide integrated support to SMEs in Tokyo, from developing reskilling plans to accessing courses on emerging technologies. We look forward to promoting this project with the Benesse-Udemy team.

“Markets and business environments are changing rapidly these days, and digital transformation is a significant opportunity for Japanese businesses,” said Chie Omiya, Head of Udemy Business for Government, Benesse. “We have worked with over 800 organizations in Japan in the past, and we are delighted to support Tokyo’s SMEs in their learning and retraining goals alongside the Tokyo government. Udemy and Benesse continue to offer a wide range of advanced skills courses to help businesses and municipalities develop their DX skills and solve business challenges. »

Udemy and Benesse are accelerating partnership with several Japanese local governments, including collaboration with Tottori Prefecture, where local businesses and job seekers have access to online IT training.

To learn more, visit https://www.benesse.co.jp/udemy/government/.

About Benesse
The Benesse group is guided by a corporate philosophy “Benesse = well-being”. Benesse operates in national and global education, elder care nursing and child care, and provides clients with the support needed to make the best lifestyle choices – those that lead to long-term improvement in their lives. Over the more than 60 years since founding in 1955, Benesse has accumulated knowledge in the fields of education and nursing for the elderly and has provided such services by developing close relationships with clients.

About Udemy
Udemy (Nasdaq: UDMY) offers flexible and effective skills development to empower organizations and individuals. The Udemy marketplace platform, with thousands of up-to-date courses in dozens of languages, offers the tools learners, instructors, and businesses need to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Millions of people learn about Udemy from real-world experts on topics ranging from programming and data science at leadership and team building. Udemy Business offers business customers a employee training and a developer platform with subscription access to thousands of courses, learning analytics, and the ability to host and distribute their own content. Udemy Business clients include Fender Instruments, Glassdoor, GoFundMe, On24, World Bank, and Volkswagen. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco with centers in Ankara, Turkey; Austin, TX; Boston, Massachusetts; Mountain View, California; Denver, Colorado; Dublin, Ireland; Melbourne, Australia; New Delhi, India; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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