Scale-Up Programmes

Freeformers

Established in 2012 and now operating in 12 countries, the workforce technology company Freeformers is focused on building the digital economy by helping companies to develop the digital skills, behaviours, and talent that they need to be successful. They are making a difference by adopting a dual approach that combines training within companies and external training that prepares young people to make an impact in the workplace.

Freeformers accelerates the growth of the businesses they work with through digital transformation from within by developing digital competence and confidence. This is achieved through the use of a digital competency standard, created by Freeformers, and access to free content on their social learning platform that can benefit any scaleup. This approach sustains self-learning, group- facilitated sessions and peer engagement on a global scale.

The ‘Freeformers Adopt’ programme transforms a business from within by helping sta develop a digital mindset. Experts carry out a digital skills audit, linking it to the specific challenges of an individual business. Freeformers then provides a blend of bespoke coaching, technology and consultancy services. Its ‘Pulse Platform’ allows a business or individual to measure the impact of transformation and mindset shift in real-time.

Through its ‘one_for1’ programme, Freeformers delivers one free hour of learning to a young person for every hour of learning it delivers to a company individual. The Freeformers Academy injects young, diverse, digital talent into organisations on a structured, one-year programme. The aim is to bring fresh thinking and new perspectives to the host companies, enabling them to overcome inertia and reach the audiences of the future. These young people are supported throughout with a structured training programme that includes 12 months of learning and paid work within an established business.

The Academy has already improved the skills of 3,500 young people through this programme, and is now placing them as change agents inside the companies they are working with.

To date, Freeformers has helped 40,000 frontline sta in 12 countries build confidence in digital skills and has trained 2,000 staff in head office jobs to adopt new ways of working.

If you know any national or local scaleup programmes that you want to recommend as a potential case study for the Institute to consider please do get in touch: info@scaleupinstitute.org.uk

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