Postmates is turning to a new benefit to help some of its
workers during the coronavirus pandemic: free educational assistance.
The food-delivery company says it’s partnering with online
education provider edX to provide employees with access to education
certificates and virtual career guidance, for free, as part of its COVID-19
relief efforts. The benefit is being offered to Postmates Fleet, a workforce of
independent contractors who deliver on behalf of Postmates, the company says.
The benefit includes access to more than 2,800 courses on a
variety of topics, as well as a list of 25 curated courses in which employees
previously expressed interest, via an internal survey. The goal is to “provide
them with transferable skills and preparedness needed in a time when the
unemployment rate continues to soar and the future of work remains uncertain,”
the company says.
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