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Salesforce and OpenClassrooms Announce Partnership to Prepare the Workforce for the Jobs of Tomorrow

The world’s #1 CRM company and the European leader in online education join forces to train individuals around the world on high-demand technology jobs

The programme will commence this week in France and is the first fully digital, online diploma course recognized by the French government

PARIS—TECH FOR GOOD & VIVATECH—15 May 2019—Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, and OpenClassrooms, the European leader in online education, today announced a partnership to prepare individuals around the world for high-demand jobs in the technology sector. The companies are launching the first fully digital, online diploma course recognized by the French government and certified by Salesforce. Leveraging Trailhead, Salesforce’s online learning platform, the programme will train individuals for roles as Salesforce Certified Administrators and Salesforce Certified Platform Developers, with a goal of providing an entry route into the workforce for more than 1,000 people by 2021.

According to IDC, Salesforce and its ecosystem of partners and customers will generate 3.3 million new jobs worldwide by 2022 with $859 billion in new GDP impact worldwide. Salesforce and OpenClassrooms are coming together in response to the shortage of talent and skills in the technology sector. By creating a pool of talented staff, vital for growing businesses, the joint initiative will provide individuals—from students entering the workforce for the first time to professionals looking to reskill for jobs in technology—with access to strategic technology roles at the heart of companies’ digital transformations.

The programme is based on Salesforce’s Trailhead platform and OpenClassrooms’ innovative training course, given online: students must develop a number of professional projects and acquire specific skills necessary to master the use of Salesforce. In addition, onsite meetings, hackathons, technical conferences and field projects will be offered to students. Registration opens in June 2019.

“We are living in a new economy that brings with it an incredible wave of innovation and business opportunity, and it’s imperative we train and recruit tomorrow’s talented people,” said Olivier Derrien, country manager of Salesforce in France. “By combining OpenClassrooms and Trailhead, we’re preparing thousands of individuals for new career opportunities, with training on top digital skills that are recognized by the French government. We are proud to launch this partnership in France to strengthen Salesforce’s involvement in the economic fabric of France and continue our plan to create 150,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2022.”

“Making education accessible and providing training for tomorrow’s skills is a shared mission of OpenClassrooms and Trailhead,” added Pierre Dubuc, co-founder of OpenClassrooms. “This programme, created jointly with Salesforce, is a perfect match with our ambition, as it is linked directly to a well-defined seam of potential employment, growing continuously. We are honored to be trusted by a global technology leader such as Salesforce, convinced by our demanding education standards and the skills-based approach at the heart of our model. Above and beyond the training of the first 1,000 students in this programme lies our objective of supporting the exponential growth of Salesforce to further increase the impact of this training in terms of employment and professional integration.”

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About OpenClassrooms

Created in 2013, OpenClassrooms wants to make education accessible to everyone.

The platform revolutionises teaching with a unique skills-centred approach customized to the individual through a mentoring process. Professional training courses and certification, entirely online, encourage professional employability and integration, particularly in the jobs and skills of tomorrow. To learn more, visit:

About Trailhead

Trailhead is Salesforce’s interactive, guided and gamified learning platform, where anyone can learn the skills that empower them to land a job in the workforce of the future. Trailhead is democratizing education and providing a direct path for anyone to start learning in-demand skills for free, from anywhere. Since launching in 2014, over 1.3 million Trailblazers around the world have earned 13 million badges, which directly relate to in-demand job skills.

About Salesforce

Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies of every size and industry to digitally transform and create a 360° view of their customers. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit:

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