Alison is a rapidly growing and leading pioneer in the world of free online certified learning. Founded in 2007, it is widely credited as the world’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Courseware) and focuses on providing free online learning resources for basic and essential workplace skills. With eight million registered learners and approaching one million graduates worldwide, Alison provides 800+ free courses at Certificate, Diploma and Learning Path Level. We assist people around the world to educate and up-skill themselves, helping to create a more equitable and sustainable global society.

Headquartered in Galway, in the beautiful West of Ireland, Alison is one of Ireland’s busiest home-grown websites (2nd to as of March 31st 2017!  (ALEXA Ranking). It is an exceptionally global business with learners and graduates in every country worldwide. In a short period of time, Alison has been honoured with international endorsements of the highest level. In 2010, Alison was awarded a Diploma from UNESCO for its innovation in ICT for Education. In 2012, Alison won the “Outstanding Contribution to the US Workforce” Award and was voted one of the World’s top 50 Social Enterprises by the Ashoka Foundation. In 2013, Alison was Awarded the WISE Award for providing the upskilling opportunity to all in Doha, Qatar.

 “Alison provides a new world of free online learning opportunity”
UNESCO Director General, Dr Irina Bokova

“Alison opens up Education & Training for a Global Economy”
David Bornstein, New York Times

“Alison opens up the world of knowledge, offering new flexible and exciting ways to learn”
UK Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills (DUIS) Report

“Alison is a fascinating, powerful program that is unlocking new worlds of opportunity for people around the globe who want to advance their educations and professional competence.
Peter Goldmark: Newsday

“Alison is what a fundamental re-think of the education system might look like”
Clayton Christensen; Harvard Business School Expert on Disruptive Innovation

Why work for Alison?

Alison is one of Ireland’s leading for-profit social enterprise with a mission to make all education and certification freely accessible online. We are a fast-growing global leader with a proven business model and a clear vision which will continue to revolutionize access to learning worldwide. Alison has increasingly strong global brand recognition and an experienced core team. Our staff are creative, innovative, hard-working and ambitious – and made up of 15 nationalities. We try to create a working environment that promotes innovation and motivates staff at every level to achieve both personal and company goals.

A career in Alison is challenging, energizing, and very rewarding. Not only do our staff get to work in a fun, fast-paced, dynamic business environment, but they are also given the opportunity to develop new skills in a culture where staff understands how their role contributes to the overall business objectives of Alison. For those looking for social impact in their work, Alison is a perfect place to consider in that what we do is changing lives around the world. Just see for yourself the nearly 20,000 testimonials on our website. We especially welcome candidates from outside of Ireland. We have many team members from around the world. For additional information and a full list of opportunities, please see the Career Section of our website.

So if you're an independent thinker with vision and a commitment to excellence and you want to become part of a very powerful new force for change and impact in global education, then Alison may be for you!

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