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Deliveroo launched Rider Academy in Hong Kong last week, offering riders and their families free access to over 700 online courses as they stay home amid the additional safe distancing measures implemented by the government.

A total of 5000 riders will benefit from the programme, which aims to bolster their job-readiness skills. The no-cost access will also be extended to riders’ dependents.

Suitable for ages 16 and above, the courses are offered through online education platform OpenClassrooms in which users can train on a wide array of skills such as CV building, design, marketing, entrepreneurship and IT.

Course offerings also vary in length, ranging from one hour to several months.

Anyone who completes a course will receive a Certificate of Achievement, which they can display on their CV to enhance future job prospects.

“With more riders’ families inside at home during this period, we wanted to enable them to have the option of online learning. We know that many of our riders ride with us to support a long-term ambition, and online learning is a great way to pick up new skills, while still being able to ride with Deliveroo when and where they want. While everyone is likely to have some more downtime at home we want to make sure we support both riders and their loved ones as much as we can,” said Brian Lo, the GM of Deliveroo Hong Kong.

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