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Accenture to acquire edtech Udacity to accelerate capabilities of Accenture LearnVantage

Jaya Vishwakarma
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Technology company Accenture recently announced an investment of $1 billion over the next three years into its new initiative, Accenture LearnVantage.

The development is aimed at addressing the urgent need for technology, data, and AI skills across industries. The company will be acquiring the educational platform Udacity to enhance its capabilities in delivering personalized and industry-specific training at scale.

Bridging the skills gap with personalized learning

LearnVantage is designed to help organizations quickly identify and bridge the skills gap brought about by rapid technological advancements. Offering a range of personalized learning experiences, the platform caters to a wide audience, from IT professionals needing specialized training in AI, data science, cloud, and cybersecurity, to business leaders and board members seeking to understand generative AI.


The strategic acquisition of Udacity

The acquisition of Udacity, a California-headquartered edtech platform known for its job-ready certified skills, marks a strategic move by Accenture.

The partnership is expected to significantly bolster Accenture's learning and training offerings, bringing Udacity's expertise in proprietary content, expert services, and scalable learning technology into the fold. More than 230 Udacity professionals will join Accenture, enriching its talent pool and capabilities.

Investing in workforces

Accenture's commitment to upskilling is not new; the company invests over $1 billion annually in learning and training for its workforce, delivering around 40 million training hours each year.

With LearnVantage, Accenture aims to extend this commitment to its clients, helping them to become 'talent creators' in their own right. The development is expected to empower clients to harness the full potential of technological change, driving business growth and innovation.

Creating a collaborative ecosystem for learning

Accenture LearnVantage is set to collaborate with leading technology ecosystem partners, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft, to provide cutting-edge generative AI content and industry-relevant technology training.

The platform will also offer nanodegrees and certification services, ensuring that learners gain hands-on experience and develop skills that are directly applicable in the workplace.