Expedia Group has launched a free education programme designed to help displaced or furloughed travel workers expand their skill sets, develop professional networks and find career opportunities as the industry starts the road to recovery from Covid-19.
Dubbed Expedia Group Academy, the e-learning platform offers monthly-themed learning modules, including webinars, online trainings, activity guides and downloadable resources. The sessions are led by industry and subject matter experts as well as Expedia Group executives.
July’s course will focus on professional development, starting with three tracks to develop interpersonal skills, including elevating personal brand, managing online reputation and interview preparation.
For August, participants will get an overall industry overview. Industry experts will join Expedia Group Academy to share insights into the various sectors of the travel industry, ranging from lodging to air and cruise, providing participants with an understanding of each sector.
Come September, participants will learn how to enhance their business expertise and develop skills in high-demand areas such as data and analytics, financial planning, sales training and marketing. All material will be presented with a travel industry lens.
The final module in October focuses on transformational and purpose-led leadership with trainings on effective coaching, inclusive leadership and managing stakeholders.
“Expedia Group Academy is part of our holistic approach to help the entire travel industry, including our displaced workers, stay productive and on a path towards growth and success during this disruption,” said Melissa Maher, chief inclusion officer, Expedia Group.
“Expedia Group Academy will help upskill industry employees as they look to return to full-time employment in a way that strengthens not only their career opportunities but will also make them a valuable addition to any company.”
The core goal of the academy is to provide participants with knowledge, networks and resources to support their return to the travel industry workforce, said Expedia in a statement. Upon completion of each monthly module, participants will unlock exclusive opportunities that better equip them for their next employment opportunity.
Travel industry employees can sign up for Expedia Group Academy here.