It will be available to all EY staff regardless of prior qualifications or office location
EY, in association with Hult International Business School, is offering the first-ever fully accredited virtual corporate Master of Business Administration (MBA) to employees.
The course aims to help employees develop the mindset and skillset to navigate new ways of working, with all learning delivered entirely online.
This reflects a broader shift toward virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which EY has seen a 40% jump in the use of its online learning resources.
The course will be available free of charge to all 284,000 EY employees in more than 150 countries.
Those who take up the MBA will be able to build their own personal curriculum from a broad range of subject areas, from artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and robotic process automation (RPA) to employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion and sustainable business practices.
“The EY goal is to be the world leader in skills development,” said Trent Henry, global vice chair – talent at EY. “Through its innovative virtual learning model, the new MBA allows EY people to develop the skills and capabilities they need from anywhere in the world, in a way that truly suits them.
“This is the very first program of its kind and it offers all EY people the opportunity to develop both the technological skillsets and business mindsets they will need to continue to provide exceptional client service and thrive in tomorrow’s workplace.”
The MBA builds on EY Badges, a program which allows EY employees to earn digital credentials in future-focused skills through learning and applying their learning in practice.
To earn the MBA, employees will need to complete 16 Badges spanning technology, leadership and business topics as well as a final capstone project. The total commitment is more than 300 hours.
“As the world continues to manage through and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe the skills of EY people and their ability to serve clients will be a differentiating factor,” Carmine Di Sibio, global chairman and CEO at EY.
“Through this new fully accredited qualification, EY people will be able to develop the business leadership behaviours and technology skills that will build a better working world.”