International Open Academy

International Open Academy

IOA is committed to delivering quality educational programming using modern training platforms that promote the advancement of digital skills, vocational training, and personal skill development. Our goal is to meet job market demands by equipping students with practical and theoretical training for careers in our digital age. IOA is committed to enabling schools to have access and benefit from our online training courses.

IOA is pledging to train 3,000 students, for free, in Ireland/UK by 2019, on a variety of topics which will help them to be better-equipped to advance in the digital world. 74% of our students are women, and we will continue to engage and support women in technology-related careers. As our courses are digital, we hope to reach even wider demographic and target users in remote locations who do not have ready access to vocational training. Finally, we will focus onproviding cross-training in our personal improvement courses, so students can pursue interests and gain valuable job-related skills.

Pledge Category

Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/09/2017
End date: 31/12/2019

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope:
Public Funding: NO

International Open Academy

International Open Academy is a leader in online learning. We are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (, and our online courses and exams are accessible to students all over the world - from any digital device. We’ve helped over 350,000 students from 139 countries upgrade their job training, launch new careers, and discover exciting new passions.

Qualitative Impact

On an individual level, we provide our students with the necessary skills to navigate the digital world - in every aspect. On a wider scale, we deliberately choose course topics to meet and address European job market needs, either as vocational topics or skill-based learning, so that our graduates can satisfy employers’ demands. We see this occurring in two different streams; as digital based professions, and as traditional professions that are evolving with technology.

International Open Academy has a direct impact on the digital job market. We teach technology related courses and offer career training in Bookkeeping, HR & Payroll Management, Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, and other careers that require technical knowledge and strong computer skills. Most of our career courses include technical training in software, programmes and digital tools that will be required in the field.

We also impact the job market by addressing the modern technology needs in traditional professions. Our vocational training programmes for even non-digital professions include some technology components, to teach a new generation of professionals how to keep up with the evolution of their roles. For example, we teach “soft” technology skills in our event planning courses, so students can learn how to use software and computer tools, build a website, leverage social media, etc.

Because our training is easily accessible, affordable, and encourages students to learn at their own pace, we are providing educational resources to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn these skills and trades. In all of these ways, we are making a positive impact on the European digital job market, on our students and their career goals, and in our broader communities.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People enrolled/young people New students enrolled. We currently have 350,000 enrolled students and are increasing enrollment with 11,000 new students each month 155,000 On track
People trained online/young people Students trained 3,000 On track
Online courses developed, provided/young people The topics of the courses have been decided based on extensive research into current job market needs and trends 250 On Track

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress


Milestone name Completion date Status
250 courses provided 31/12/2017 On Track
Include video content in the courses and adding audio components for students with visual impairment 31/12/2017 On Track
To initiate the contacts with Irish/UK schools to establish a program providing online courses to students in a variety of topics which will enhance the development of new skills in the digital world 31/12/2017 On Track
Partnering with different reseller markets in order to widen the spectrum of our reach in providing people with the opportunity to develop, acquire, or deepen new skills in a variety of topics 31/12/2017 On Track