Tech platforms team up to support struggling labour market

Two of Ireland’s fastest-growing tech companies have teamed up to support the UK&I job market, as COVID-19 and a recession continue to create chaos for the global labour market.

Shaw Academy, the online education platform, and Jobbio, the careers marketplace, will launch ‘Shaw Careers’: a new partnership designed to give students easier access to career opportunities at top startups and tech companies around the country. The integration will see Jobbio’s job board within the Shaw Academy platform – giving students the ability to search and view jobs in their country, specific to the courses they are studying, via the member’s area on the platform. It will also provide even greater reach to HR, talent and recruitment teams, looking to find and hire the right people with the right skills to succeed.

The launch comes as new figures show that a record 314,000 British workers were made redundant in the three months to September – over 180,000 more than in the second quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The challenges of this year have also led to a surge in professionals considering a career change: 7 in 10 are now more likely to consider working in a different industry, as a result of COVID-19.  

Since the start of 2020, over 10 million new students have signed up to Shaw Academy, with over 50% taking courses with the aim of bolstering their CV or skillset with their careers in mind. Demonstrating the company’s dedication to creating a supportive pathway and outcome for its students, the partnership will give users access to job listings from across 6,000 companies currently hiring on Dublin based job platform Jobbio, including the likes of Airbnb and Slack.  

Shaw Academy also recently partnered with a number of professional bodies including CPD, IAO and ICSOC, to ensure content can be externally validated and recognised by global professional bodies, meaning all courses are formally certified and bear the accredited approved logos and badges.  

Jobbio CEO, Stephen Quinn, commented: “We’re really excited about adding Shaw Academy to our growing list of publishers and community partners globally. Shaw Academy offers its students courses to up-skill and re-skill so they can advance their careers. So naturally, Jobbio teaming up with Shaw Academy feels like the perfect partnership – we’re looking forward to helping more users land their dream job.”

Commenting on the new partnership, James Egan, Founder and CEO of Shaw Academy said: “Students come to Shaw Academy looking to transform, and our aim is to provide them with the tools to go forth and succeed. A large majority are looking to progress professionally – and now, through the Shaw Careers partnership with Jobbio, we’ll able to create a ready-made outcome – supporting the student from starting a course to landing a new job. We’re proud to be supporting professionals while the labour market faces challenges – from lowering the barriers to access for learning, through to helping them put new skills into action in a new role.”

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