Forage and Pearson announce partnership to bring more employers into the classroom
Since founding Forage in 2017, we have obsessed over how to best prepare students for the world of work and built a transformational product to empower students to connect with the world’s leading employers.
Today, we are excited to build on that offering by announcing our partnership with Pearson, a true giant in the education space. Forage’s partnership with Pearson represents a significant leap towards our ambition to connect employers to any classroom, in any university, and ultimately any student, in any corner of the world.
Bridging the gap between college and the workplace
Universities are increasingly recognizing the need for job skills in the classroom and data shows 40% of business leaders believe recent college graduates are unprepared for the workforce.
Urszula Zalewski, Director of Experiential Learning at Stony Brook University, said “While higher education institutions provide students with a strong academic foundation, there is a growing need for a broader set of skills in the ever-evolving job market. Many employers seek candidates who not only possess technical knowledge but also demonstrate proficiency in soft skills. Faculty at Stony Brook University encourage a culture of lifelong learning and help students stay competitive by introducing Forage job simulations in the classroom.”
This partnership will help students gain skills and explore careers during their educational journey - ultimately leading to achieving their goal of landing a great job. Forage’s simulations will be immediately available in MyLab to students studying 15 business and economics disciplines, including marketing, finance, and accounting, and other higher ed products later this year. These products are used by:
- 18M US higher education students
- 3,700+ universities
World-class content meets real-world experience
“We are proud to partner with Pearson, a true giant in the education space,” said Tom Brunskill, CEO and co-founder at Forage. “Through this partnership, Forage will build on Pearson’s offering by giving students access to job simulations authored by some of the world’s most iconic employers. We are excited that this partnership will allow Forage to continue to deliver on its ambition to get millions of motivated students into great jobs by giving all students the visibility, resources, and confidence to succeed.”
“Preparing for the workforce can be daunting for any college student. Now students can build their skills anywhere, anytime, inside the same trusted Pearson platforms they already use for their studies,” said Tom ap Simon, president of Pearson’s Higher Education division. “This 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.”
Today, Four million students have used Forage to prepare for interviews and land internships. Their job simulations are built with some of the world’s most prestigious and recognizable employers, such as Red Bull, lululemon, Accenture, BCG, GE Aerospace, and Citi. Forage simulations allow students to explore what it’s like to work in their desired field and gain practical skills to bolster what they’ve learned in the classroom. Students also have the option of letting companies see their completed work, an opportunity that has resulted in students being over 2x more likely to land a job with the employer whose simulation they’ve completed. Students using Forage make up nearly 20% of employers’ early talent hires.
You can read the full announcement here.