Josh Bersin Launches First Global Academy for HR and Talent Professionals

May 2nd, 2019

Preparing People and Organizations for the New World of Work

Global industry analyst Josh Bersin today announced the launch of the Josh Bersin Academy, the first global development academy for HR and talent professionals. The Academy combines content-rich online programs, a library of micro-learning resources and tools, and a community where professionals from around the world can collaborate and share best practices. The launch follows a multi-month pilot program in which people from 16 companies – including United Health Group, Taj Hotels, and Kronos -- participated.

“In Deloitte’s 2019 Human Capital Trends Report, 45% of approximately 10,000 respondents cited the need to upskill their organizations’ HR teams as an urgent or very high priority,” said Josh Bersin, founder and dean of the Academy. “Issues such as digital transformation, AI and automation, pay equity, and inclusion are redefining how companies operate. Of all business functions, HR has the biggest role in determining how organizations will adapt to these changes. Yet we don’t spend enough time or have the right resources to prepare ourselves and our teams for the future.”

“The HR function has traditionally deprioritized itself in terms of the learning investment. We partnered with the Josh Bersin Academy because we believe that the future-focused, research-based content, coupled with the cutting-edge learning experience platform, will inspire our HR function to learn, adapt, and acquire the skills for the future of work,” said Catalina Schveninger, global head of learning and capabilities at Vodafone, one of the Academy’s pilot companies.

Focusing on Key Topics Critical to Business Success

Academy programs are designed to address the business and talent issues all organizations face today, such as HR strategy and employee experience, diversity and inclusion, talent management, and technology innovations. Complementing the programs is a library of specially curated learning resources, which include articles, research briefs, videos, and tools for on-the-job support. New resources are added weekly to ensure members have access to the most current information.

The following five programs are available at launch:

  • People as Competitive Advantage
  • The Agile Learning Organization
  • Performance Management Reimagined
  • The HR Tech Workshop
  • Wellbeing at Work

Programs planned for later in 2019 include Introduction to People Analytics, Designing the Employee Experience, AI in HR, and The New Role of the HR Business Partner. Members receive a certificate for each completed program; those with SHRM certification can receive 20 recertification credits for each completed course.

A Modern Learning Experience Based on Innovative Design Principles

The Josh Bersin Academy is a unique, integrated learning environment that combines personal learning, team-based learning, and community-wide learning. The Academy is built for the savvy digital learner and can be accessed on any device with a browser.

Members go through Academy programs in small groups, collaborating at different stages to share perspectives and brainstorm solutions to common HR challenges. Gamification and badging help deepen member engagement, while a powerful analytics dashboard (available for enterprise buyers) helps organizations understand individual performance and the Academy’s impact on HR and talent teams. Integration with corporate LMSs is simple through open APIs.

“My background in learning design and architecture gives me a keen appreciation for the Academy’s learner experience. The engaging interactions, the innovative way it encourages collaboration and engagement, and the relevant library of quick reference resources all contribute to a high-impact solution,” said Pamay Bassey, chief learning officer for the Kraft Heinz Company. “We chose to pilot the Academy because of its potential to deliver a consistent and effective development resource for professionals across our People and Performance function.”

Flexible Pricing to Democratize Development

The goal of the Josh Bersin Academy is to provide a high-quality learning and development experience to HR and talent professionals at all levels at an affordable cost. Individual practitioners and small HR teams can join the Academy for as little as $40 per month per member. Introductory enterprise pricing starts at $450 per member per year and comes with the ability to customize programs, in-depth analytics, and personalized on-boarding services.

Member Kick-off Webinar Slated for May 21

The Academy is open for enrollment now. Josh Bersin will conduct an introductory webinar, exclusive to Academy members, on Tuesday, May 21. His presentation, “From Feedback to Action: What’s Next in Employee Engagement,” will be followed by a live Q&A.

About the Josh Bersin Academy

The Josh Bersin Academy is the world's first global development academy for HR and talent professionals at all levels and across all industries. The Academy offers content-rich online programs, a carefully curated library of tools and resources, and a global community that helps HR and talent professionals stay current on the trends and practices needed to drive organizational success in the modern world of work.

The Academy is created in partnership with Nomadic Learning. Nomadic’s integrated digital learning solution helps individuals and teams adopt new ways of working and thinking that transforms functions, organizations, and entire professions.