SkilledUp got started a bit over a year ago today. Since the, we’ve built a steady following, and we are now helping tens of thousands of people each week to get skilled up with online courses and learning resources. We are now excited to announce we will be helping considerably more individuals to develop their job skills.
Today, we are proud to announce that we have partnered with Elance.com. Elance is the largest online marketplace for freelancers in the world. With over 2.5 million freelancers and 500,000+ businesses, thousands of jobs are filled each day on Elance in technical and non-technical roles. We are big fans of their service (and we are customers, too)!
Elance is the leader in their field, and they recognize that the power of their platform will be greatest when their workforce is equipped with up-to-date and in-demand skills. In order to better enable their community to gain skills efficiently and effectively, Elance has launched Elance University, which is powered by SkilledUp. This partnership will allow millions of freelancers to discover the best online courses, including many free and open courses.
Elance is also partnering up with our friends at Smarterer.com. We’ve blogged about Smarterer before, and we are big fans of their service. Their online assessments will be used to help freelancers prove their skills, and help employers to validate the skills of who they plan to hire.
When you put these three parts together, freelancers on Elance.com will be able to access the most important aspects of a college education, such as courses, assessments, credentials and job placement, but without the six-figure costs and the bloat.
Today is just the beginning. Education is changing.