[caption id="attachment_56029" align="alignleft" width="340"] Lamudi Kenya Managing Director Dan Karua[/caption]
Subscribers to Lamudi Kenya will soon be able to access a live online learning course worth Sh.50,000 ($500) for free thanks to a partnership with global education technology company Shaw Academy.
According to Lamudi Kenya Managing Director Dan Karua the online interaction expected from the courses available will give subscribers an opportunity to develop new practical skills.
"Lamudi usually offers sellers, buyers, landlords, and renters an easy to use platform to find or list properties online," Karua says.
"This partnership has been designed to add value to Lamudi customers and address an important issue across Africa; a severe shortage of practical skills."
Shaw Academy is a live online skills educator which, according to the company, teaches over 68,000 new students per month in seven different languages.
Courses include a range of areas including digital marketing, Financial Trading and Investment, a diploma in blogging, and social media marketing among others.
There are also a number of wellness-focused courses such as nutrition, diet and weight management.
All the subjects are delivered live online which enable students to fully interact with the educator.
Courses on the platform are approved for certification by among others the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and the International Compliance Association (ICA).
Lamudi Kenya General Manager Cynthia Nyamwathi says the company's vision is to bring innovation and transparency to the Kenyan real estate market.
"This partnership with Shaw Academy can empower Lamudi customers with skills that were previously unattainable and will allow them to enhance their career prospects," Nyamwathi says.
"Each Shaw Academy course made available to customers will contain over ten hours of live learning giving students a clear understanding of each subject.
"Courses are aimed to develop and build practical skills and are internationally accredited.
"The availability of Shaw Academy courses on our Lamudi platform depicts both our versatility and innate desire to give back. A free course offering to our subscribers is one of the little ways we say thank you to our customers," she says.
Shaw Academy Director of Corporate Affairs John White adds Kenya is no different to other countries in terms of the skills gaps it faces across industries.
"Shaw Academy believes access to education should be made available to all. By delivering practical skills online we can reach a huge audience," White says.
"Our partnership with Lamudi aims to provide free education to as many Kenyans as possible and open up new opportunities for them in the future.
Shaw Academy courses go live on Lamudi Kenya's Website in April.