Degreed, a leading workforce upskilling platform, has announced the acquisition of talent academy platform Learn In and the return of Co-founder David Blake as CEO. Blake was previously the Co-founder and CEO of Learn In.
Learn In helps companies establish internal talent academies that bring together all the resources needed for building a highly skilled workforce, including the long journey of developing deep skills. Learn In’s core features supplement those of the category-defining Degreed LXP (Learning Experience Platform), including a prepaid learning stipend card, a world-class skills marketplace and custom program builder, a tuition benefits manager, and dedicated coaching.
“A corporate capability academy goes beyond ‘a library of content’,” said global industry analyst and CEO of the Josh Bersin Company, Josh Bersin. “It’s a place people go to advance their job-related capabilities. It goes beyond technical and functional skills and focuses on the real business capabilities a company needs to thrive.”
Degreed plus Learn In will unify the broader range of development options people use, spanning daily learning to long-term upskilling for individual career growth and innovation within organizations.
“Businesses that can quickly build effective talent are the ones that will be able to deliver on strategic business goals,” said David Blake, Co-founder and CEO of Degreed. “Just as Degreed created the LXP market, Learn In has begun for talent academies. Now together, we have the product and technology to help our customers deliver business capabilities at scale with continued innovation in the learning and skills space.”
“At BMO, our strategy is to build a digitally-enabled bank that’s ready for the future. This means we need to equip employees with the skills they need for their job, their career, for the future of work, and as they follow their personal passions,” says Gina Jeneroux, Chief Learning Officer at BMO Financial Group. “As Degreed and Learn In come together, it will offer a more integrated opportunity for organizations like ours to engage employees and build a broader range of skills—from curious, ‘in-the-moment’ learning through to deeper reskilling and credentials.”
Degreed empowers innovation through learning. The company works with one in three Fortune 50 companies to spark a culture of learning across their enterprise. It helps identify the skills people have and build the skills they need – through individual, collaborative and experiential modes of learning – to drive individual and business results. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with users spanning 191 countries.