Time is running out: Thursday, November 30, is the application deadline for the Employee Scholarship Program. Bertelsmann employees around the world can apply for one of more than 1,000 scholarship seats at the online education providers Udacity or Coursera. The aim is to provide upskilling in the field of tech & data to make them fit for the digital future.
The challenges new technologies are posing for the job market are immense - but so are the opportunities to prepare and train for them. Bertelsmann’s “Employee Scholarship Program” offers employees the opportunity to score one of more than 1,000 scholarship places with the online education providers Udacity or Coursera. The scholarships are designed to impart skills in the field of tech & data. If you are interested in such a scholarship and have not yet applied, it’s time to get organized: The application deadline is next Thursday, November 30, 2023.
Get fit for the digital future
As Bertelsmann Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe had explained upon launching the campaign at the end of September, the aim of this training initiative is to get as many colleagues as possible fit for the digital future. “In many areas, our employees having a solid grounding in the new technologies is a prerequisite for the further development of our business. This applies in particular to skills in the field of artificial intelligence,” said Rabe at the time.
“We need more colleagues with tech & data skills, especially with given the developments in artificial intelligence,” Bertelsmann Chief HR Officer Immanuel Hermreck had also emphasized.
The application deadline for the “Next Generation Tech Booster” scholarship initiative, which is aimed at interested parties outside the Group, also ends on November 30. So if you have family members or friends who might be interested in this upskilling initiative, please let them know now. Find out more about the initiative here.
Match your indivdual learning needs to the right content provider
The application phase for the Bertelsmann Employee Scholarship program is still open until November 30, 2023.
Easily submit your application here: Click here
To support you deciding between our two providers, you can sign up for,
we compare several aspects, that could be interesting for you as a learner.
|Udacity courses are highly interactive with activities like quizzes and exercises interspersed between short videos and interviews with instructors and industry experts. The Nanodegrees also include real-world projects, which must be completed and submitted. Students will receive feedback from mentors on these projects.|| |
A scholarship gives you unlimited access to all learning content on the Coursera platform, including a wide range of courses, skillsets, specialization and clips. If you prefer more guidance, you will find pre-curated learning paths for Tech & Data role profiles.
Courses include recorded and peer-reviewed video lectures, assignments, and community discussion forums.
In addition, Coursera offers “SkillSets”, an individualized learning experience by which you'll be given personalized recommendations for high-quality learning content based on your level of knowledge, learning progress and own learning objective. When you complete a course, you will be eligible to receive a shareable electronic course certificate.
What content is included?
You can choose from a defined set of Nanodegrees that follow learning paths which are in line with some of the most in-demand skill profiles across the Bertelsphere.
|Coursera's platform offers an extensive course catalog on different topics with a focus on Data, Technology and Economics. The content is provided by more than 190 of the world's leading universities (e.g. Stanford, Yale and IESE) and organizations (e.g. Google, BCG and Deeplearning.ai).|
The learning journey will be 7 months, from December 15, 2023 – July 15, 2024 and self-guided with 4-6 hours of learning per week. Just schedule your studying yourself. You will have access to an community, where you will be able to ask tutors and other employee-students for support to help you through any learning difficulties! You will also have the chance to participate in two live “webinars” for each project, where a Udacity tutor, who is a content expert, offers a project walkthrough and unblocks any questions learners may have.
The scholarship starts on December 15, 2023 and will give you a 12-months full access to all learning content on the Coursera platform. You may choose to complete a course and earn a certificate from a top University or institution of your choice or build a specific skillset following either a curated or personalized learning path based on your own proficiency level.
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Ready, Set, Go! ‘Employee Scholarship Program’ Goes To The Next Round
We are continuing our internal training initiative, the "Employee Scholarship Program," and we are excited to announce that you can now apply for one of the 1,000 scholarship positions offered by online education providers Udacity or Coursera. We understand the importance of skills in the field of Tech & Data for professional life and want to give you the opportunity to further develop these skills.
We are proud to share that the first round of our "Employee Scholarship Program" at Udacity achieved a record completion rate of 72 percent among our employees. The "Next Generation Tech Booster" program, which is accessible to external applicants worldwide, also impressed with a completion rate of 70 percent. This demonstrates the high interest in further education in the Tech & Data field and confirms that our initiative meets the needs of our employees.
Thomas Rabe states, 'The goal of our training initiative remains to make as many colleagues as possible fit for the digital future, In many areas, a solid knowledge of new technologies by our employees is a prerequisite for being able to develop our businesses further. This is especially true for skills in the area of artificial intelligence. I am pleased that interest in our scholarship programs has been so high in previous years, and I am confident that many employees from our companies will apply this time, too.'
Therefore, as part of our "Employee Scholarship Program," we offer a total of 1,100 scholarships per year.
Out of these, 400 spots are allocated to Nanodegree courses at Udacity.
Feel free to choose from the following courses:
- Agile Software Development
- AI Programming with Python
- Enterprise Security
- Data Product Manager
- Data Engineering with Azure
The special thing for you as employees: You don't have to prove yourself in a challenge course; you can start directly with the Nanodegree! Some of the courses require basic knowledge, but we are confident that you will master this challenge. Once you become a graduate, you will receive one of the coveted Nanodegree certificates.
There are also 600 additional scholarship positions available in the form of an annual license for the entire course offering at Coursera.
There, you can expand your knowledge in the areas of Tech, Data, and AI for twelve months, as well as explore many other topics. Feel free to browse through the Coursera website. Particularly interesting are programs such as "Data Science & Data Engineering," "(Generative) AI & Machine Learning," "Cloud Computing & Cyber Security," and "Web3 & Blockchain." And from experience, we can say that once you are at Coursera, you won't want to miss it!
Our executives should not be left behind either. Therefore, we are awarding one hundred scholarship positions at Harvard Online. However, you cannot apply for these positions. They will be awarded through nominations from the HR departments.
Immanuel Hermreck, our Chief Human Resources Officer, provides further insights: 'Our regular analyses show that we are already on the right track and have been able to significantly reduce the gap between the Tech & Data skills needed in the future and those currently available in the Group. The ongoing, targeted upskilling of our employees remains a high priority. The Employee Scholarship Program, with its Bertelsmann-oriented content, makes a key contribution here. At the same time, it makes us even more attractive as an employer for applicants interested in tech and data," notes Hermreck.
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