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Furloughed staff benefit from new digital education course

Furloughed staff benefit from new digital education course

Posted on 21st September 2020

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Millions of people have been furloughed over the last few months.  Be-IT’s recent research shows that too many employers are not doing enough both to safeguard these people’s mental health but also to communicate and engage with them more broadly. 

Be-IT has not been immune, with around two-thirds of our staff furloughed, although we are slowly bringing them back now.  However, we have been very careful to make sure that none of them feel they are ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ with regular communication including group zoom chats and online social activities. 

Although one of the conditions of furlough was that no-one was allowed to do any work, one of the things that, sensibly, was permitted was ongoing training and education.  To that end, when we were approached by Jump Digital, who is working with the Scottish Education authorities and Edinburgh Business School on a new qualification called the Digital Pilot’s Licence, to see if our furloughed employees could help in the development of this course, we were delighted to say yes.

Essentially, the structure and content of this Digital Marketplace Accelerator was in place, with Jump asking Be-IT to take the first module and then provide feedback to aid them in refining and improving the experience for future students. Alex Clyne, co-founder of Jump Digital, told us that the feedback we have given has been of immense use and, I’m delighted to say, that the average scores for all the Be-IT staff who took part was 87%!  

Edinburgh Business School told us, “We are delighted that Be-IT’s employees  got real business benefits from the Digital Marketplace module and we thank them for their invaluable feedback. Their work experience and subsequent suggestions will help ensure that the Digital Pilot’s Licence will be a global first for Scotland (covering Digital, Data, Climate, Blockchain and wellbeing , all online) that adds real value to practitioners and business alike.”

Personally, I’m really pleased that we’ve had the opportunity to be involved in this project.  Not only have we helped in the creation of a serious qualification, a global first, but we have also helped our own people who, unfortunately, have had to be furloughed, to gain new skills and knowledge which will be of use to them in their future careers.

Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT

Posted in Coronavirus, Recruitment News

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