Learn Assembly: digital employability

Article initialement publié sur le site de European Investment Fund – eif.org.

“At the time, we were in our mid-twenties, offering evening courses on digital competencies,” explains Sophie Cohendet, co-founder of Learn Assembly. “We were enjoying ourselves because we felt that the usual approach to schooling was too repetitive and frustrating. We offered something different and it went down well. More and more, we were getting requests from distance for video replays of our courses, and more and more the requests were coming from businesses.” As a result, in 2013 Sophie and her business partner Antoine Amiel set up Learn Assembly. Working mainly with large corporate groups like banks and insurance companies, with the likes of BNP Paribas and AXA featuring among their clients, Learn Assembly offer online training courses to help companies lead their digital transformation and develop their digital culture.

“The digital dimension is twofold,” explains Sophie. “It’s both the tool we use to offer our training courses – which is very popular because it’s cheaper than flying your employees around the globe to attend training courses – and it’s also the subject-matter of the courses themselves. With topics like digital culture, blockchain, data protection and management, the new GDPR rules and artificial intelligence becoming increasingly relevant to daily work, companies are keen to train their employees in managing these issues to their advantage.”

Life-long learning is a cornerstone of their approach. “Our bet is to try and get companies thinking more about employability than about employment. It’s about investing in training and upskilling your workforce so that you can adapt to the way the world is evolving.” This is why training the trainers is a key feature of Learn Assembly’s offering.”

In mid-2016, Learn Assembly wanted to develop and launch a new MOOC (massive open online course) training module on the subject of blockchain, but they needed financing to make this happen. “There are high costs up-front in developing this kind of product and the returns only trickle in slowly with time. Going to a bank for a loan would have taken too long, particularly with the complexity of the subject matter. It would have been very difficult for them to assess the risk in extending a loan. This is why crowdfunding through October (ex Lendix) was an attractive proposition. It took only two weeks to get the project online and the actual campaign was lightning-fast: Within a day we had secured the funding we needed. With crowdfunding, you’re able to pitch your product to a wider audience and it’s more likely that you’ll find an expert, who will understand the product, see the potential and engage. Otherwise this would have taken too long, or we would have had a product of lesser quality and nobody wanted that.”

A propos de LearnAssembly

Créé fin 2013, LearnAssembly est un acteur du maintien de l’employabilité, à l’heure du digital. Via nos solutions mêlant différentes modalités pédagogiques, nous concevons des stratégies et des expériences learning qui transforment les pratiques et les mentalités. Nous pensons que la formation est devenu un enjeu de responsabilité sociétale et que les entreprises qui maintiendront leur performance sont celles qui sauront apprendre en permanence.

Chez LearnAssembly, nous persuadés que les équipes learning doivent remonter dans la chaine de valeur interne des entreprises pour développer une culture de l’apprentissage permanent. Cette learning agility passe la capacité des universités d’entreprise et formation à anticiper les transformations, proposer des modalités pédagogiques innovantes et surprendre ses collaborateurs. Découvrez nos programmes qui feront de vos services formation des acteurs incontournables du changement.

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