Looking back on 2021, our work to break down the systemic barriers to meaningful employment is more important than ever. Here’s what we achieved and learned last year.Download the full report
Our impact to date:16 60,000+
There continues to be uncertainty and volatility in the world — the pandemic, conflict, climate change — and so we continue to be in service of the communities facing the greatest challenges.
In 2021, we spent a full year with most of our programs offered as fully online or blended (part in-person, part online), building on the shift we made in the wake of the pandemic. Despite this substantial change in our delivery method, we found that our learner outcomes in terms of graduation, job placement, job retention, and income are nearly identical to pre-pandemic outcomes.
We expanded our impact in terms of breadth, depth, and durability — the three types of metrics we follow. We had nearly 12,000 graduates and 7,000 employers in 2021, and we launched in Thailand and Chile, bringing our network to 16 countries. We achieved 75% job placement for our graduates at three months post program, and they achieved a 3-4X income increase. And we once again surveyed thousands of our alumni from 2-5 years ago, finding that 70% of them continue to afford their daily needs and 40% can save for the future.
Last year we released our first original research report, Meeting the World’s Midcareer Moment, which focused on the employment challenges faced by midcareer workers in seven countries (Brazil, India, Italy, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Our survey of thousands of employers, midcareer job seekers, and career switchers told a story of pervasive ageism biases and challenges for midcareer job seekers, and it has sparked many conversations amongst practitioners and in the media.
As we take a step back, reflect, and take stock of what we have achieved and learned in 2021, we are convinced that our work to break down systemic barriers to meaningful employment is more important than ever. The success we have had is due to our many partners who help support us in bringing our programs, innovations, and research to life, and the dedication of our graduates and our network of colleagues.
Looking ahead to 2022 and beyond, we are energized by the goals that we want to accomplish yet humbled by the magnitude and complexity of the work ahead of us. We hope that you will join us in transforming education to employment systems around the world.
Mona Mourshed, CEO
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