Ep 23: justsaying with David Yeo, ZilLearn – Taking Digital Upskilling To The Next Level

Singapore-based digital learning technology company, Kydon, recently launched ZilLearn Plus (ZilLearn+) an extension of the company’s learning platform, ZilLearn.

Kydon is one of Asia’s leading digital learning technology companies and a key partner in Singapore’s Alliance for Action on EduTech.

ZilLearn+ builds on the ZilLearn platform first launched in January 2021, which provides adults with personalised skills analyses through the use of an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven skills analytics tool and a vast resource of diverse international courses.

ZilLearn+ traces its origins to Singapore’s Emerging Stronger Taskforce (EST), and is developed to meet the employability needs of the rapidly evolving digital economy.

Founded by Mr Yeo in 2019, ZilLearn is a subsidiary of Kydon. Kydon has invested more than S$10 million on the skills and learning platform to date. In November 2021, Kydon also announced its technology partnership with Ping An International Smart City Technology Co., Ltd to massively scale up workforce development in Southeast Asia.

The collaboration brings together the collective experience of serving over 56 million users and 1,700 corporate institutions to the rest of Southeast Asia.

The premium learning subscription plan will support adults in their efforts to stay agile and updated in their careers. Whether they are seeking permanent employment, gaining job competency, advancing their career, or making a career switch, ZilLearn’s AI-empowered skills analytics tool will map out the skills gap for their target job and begin to bridge these gaps through personalised recommendations from a suite of curated courses on ZilLearn+.

At present, ZilLearn’s database includes more than 3.4 million job data points and over 17,000 skill tags. The rapidly-growing ZilLearn+ course catalogue already offers more than 10,000 engaging video lessons curated from world-class instructors.

Users can learn about leadership, public speaking, innovation, and problem-solving from industry leaders like Elon Musk, Daniel Pink, and Simon Sinek — or more technical skills like digital marketing, programming, and cybersecurity from Joseph Delgadillo and Philip Ebiner, who have already reached millions of learners around the world. For users with culinary ambitions, they can ‘spice up’ their learning with lessons from the world-renowned chefs in Ti Yan Academy.

ZilLearn+ continues to work with local training institutions and adult educators, while also curating courses from South Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries to bring a greater diversity of learning content to learners in Singapore and the region.

We speak to David Yeo, Group CEO of the Kydon Group and ZilLearn about how the pandemic has changed the manpower sector and the nature of employability and job success.

David also touches on how ZilLearn benefits individuals looking to upskill, its AI capabilities and how is it different from other learning platforms.

Following the launch of ZilLearn+, Kydon looks to continue expanding its services across the region to tailor solutions for the individual needs of each market.

Priced at S$198 per annum, the annual subscription costs can be offset with SkillsFuture Credit for Singaporeans aged 25 years and above. No upfront cash is required upon subscription payment.

ZilLearn+ courses are available on the ZilLearn app for learners to access quality learning anytime and anywhere, and pick up new skills at their own pace and convenience.

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