Uber offers free digital language courses for drivers around the world
July 29 (UPI) – Rideshare company Uber announced Thursday that its drivers will soon be able to learn a new language for free, as part of an employee improvement initiative.
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who emigrated from Iran in the 1970s, announcement moving and other resources for drivers. He said the improvements can help pilots excel in their careers and better connect with pilots.
For language learning, Uber said it’s a partnership with Rosetta Stone. Drivers in select markets will be able to learn from one of Rosetta Stone’s 24 digital language courses.
Many Uber drivers are immigrants, including 82% of drivers in London and 90% in New York, according to The edge.
This decision is part of an effort to improve relations with drivers in the midst of a shortage of drivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Khosrowshahi also announced a partnership with Arizona State University to cover tuition fees for drivers who make 3,000 or more trips.
The announcements came after Carrol Chang, chief operating officer of Uber’s U.S. and Canadian drivers, said The Wall Street Journal recently the company was in talks to fund education and career development programs for drivers.
Uber also announced that it will launch a $ 250 million stimulus package to increase revenue.