EY to launch skill-earning 'Badge' programme for employees

15/08/2017 News Team

EY is to introduce a new programme, enabling its employees to invest in their careers by earning digital credentials in a range of skills.

Employees at the firm can gain skills in data visualization, artificial intelligence, data transformation and information strategy through the EY Badges programme, which is to be launched later this year.

Badges will be earned based on the same standards around the world, with four levels of badge distinction: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Defined criteria must be met in learning, experiences and contribution to earn each badge.

EY’s global vice chair of talent, Nancy Altobello, said: “By using badges to recognize our people's skills, we are increasing their career value and professional visibility, as well as equipping them with the right skills and experience to respond to the changing needs of our clients and to deliver our purpose of building a better working world.”

Badges will be hosted by a third-party digital platform where credentials from EY and other organisations can be accessed. EY staff will be able to display their badges on their social media channels, and information about badge verification and additional context about earned skills can also be accessed via social media.

Partner at Ernst & Young and EY Badges leader, Riaz Shah, added: “We're in an era of sustained global disruption and this means all professionals will have to gain new skills and experiences. EY Badges provides our people with opportunities to develop these future-focused skills and be matched with relevant projects, which helps our clients overcome challenges, adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world.”

EY has 250,000 members of staff in 150 countries worldwide. It provides services in assurance, tax, transaction and advice.

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