Deliveroo has today announced its plan for a 'RooVersity' - a new scheme giving Deliveroo riders across the globe access to hundreds of online courses free of charge, in conjunction with leading education and vocational training provider Open Classrooms. The courses, worth up to hundreds of pounds a year, will give riders the chance to study subjects that will aid their educational and personal development.
Alongside the offer of free online courses for all riders, Deliveroo is creating a scholarship scheme to give away a hundred bachelor's degrees from leading universities that only riders can apply for. Riders will be able to apply to the scheme which will offer degrees worth thousands of pounds. Deliveroo will use scheme to support riders with a clear desire to learn but who have not been able to access education elsewhere and who have a track record of working with the company.
The courses provided by OpenClassrooms - created by experts in their field - can be accessed online 24/7 any day of the year. Each course requires 5-15 hours of study,
Online learning is ideally suited to working with Deliveroo. On average, riders work with Deliveroo for fewer than 15 hours a week, half are already students and 40% have caring responsibilities, so the courses suit the flexibility riders have come to value and expect.
The courses initially rolled out in the UK, France and Australia will be available in English, French and Spanish and include design, IT, Marketing and Project Management. Access to this online learning course usually costs €/£20 per month, but it will be free for Deliveroo riders in an arrangement negotiated by the company.
Commenting, founder and CEO of Deliveroo, Will Shu said:
"Riders love working with Deliveroo because of the flexibility it gives them to fit work around their lives.
"Lots of our riders are already currently studying, but there are others who might not have that opportunity so I wanted to offer that chance to every single one of our riders.
"Riders are at the heart of all we do and we want to provide more support for them - this is just one way we can make that happen."
Deliveroo's education programme follows the company's global insurance announcement at the start of the summer. Deliveroo was the first platform in the on-demand economy to offer riders protection whilst out on the road, with 35,000 riders in all markets in which Deliveroo operates having access to free accident insurance. Cyclists are also enrolled onto a public liability insurance scheme free of charge - a product previously unavailable to those working on a bicycle.