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Here Come Education Perks for Gig-Economy Workers

When people elect to pursue work in the gig economy—sometimes on top of a full-time job—they often do so to earn the money they need to support a long-term goal such as furthering their education or career. Either way, few companies offering jobs in the gig economy have provided any additional support for workers who want to advance their professional skills.

Until now, that is.

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Late last year, rideshare company Lyft announced on its company blog that it has partnered with Guild, an organization that sets employees up for success achieving their goals in higher education. Through the partnership, Lyft will give its drivers access to tuition discounts and financial aid at thousands of nonprofit universities and programs around the United States. Further, the program will provide drivers who go back to school with academic coaches who can answer questions and help them make informed decisions when it comes to education.

Surely, Lyft is one of the first organizations with a gig-economy workforce to provide education benefits. The real question, though, is: Will more follow?

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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