Learning company Pearson joined forces with Forage, a platform that offers job simulations to students. Through the partnership, the companies will embed job simulations into Pearson’s MyLab coursework platform and Pearson+, the company’s e-textbook subscription service.
Forage’s simulations will be available to MyLab students studying 15 business and economics disciplines encompassing areas such as marketing, finance and accounting. In addition, Pearson said that later this year, Pearson+ users will have access to Forage’s library of nearly 350 job simulations. Those are authored by employers including Red Bull, lululemon, Accenture, BCG, GE Aerospace and Citi.
Founded In 2017, Forage helps students prepare for their future careers by offering free virtual work experience programs. According to the company, these simulations provide students with the opportunity to explore what it’s like to work in their desired field and gain practical skills. The company also partners with organizations to connect them with early-career candidates that have gone through their programs.
Some 4 million students have used Forage to prepare for interviews and land internships, Pearson said.
Skills and Job Simulations
The partnership gives students the option of letting companies see their completed work from Forage. When students allow that, Forage said, they can be over twice more likely to land a job with employers whose simulation they’ve completed. Students using Forage make up nearly 20% of employers’ early-talent hires, the company said.
Tom ap Simon, president of Pearson’s Higher Education division, said the partnership is “yet another way we are helping students stand out from the crowd, bridge the gap between college and the workplace and achieve their ultimate goal of landing a great job.”
Forage co-founder and CEO Tom Brunskill said the partnership will allow the company to continue giving “the visibility, resources, and confidence to succeed.”