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Logan e-learning company GO1 has been helping businesses around the world survive and thrive during the COVID-19 crisis, with user numbers for their online learning platform tripling since the pandemic began.

GO1 has also offered some of its online learning courses for free to businesses experiencing major impacts.

Businesses ranging from small operators to major corporations have sought out GO1’s training content to help employees learn during lockdown and cope with the impacts of COVID-19.

The company’s online platform contains more than 70,000 professional and personal development courses, with topics such as working from home, mental health care and digital security all trending since the pandemic began.

GO1 co-founder and Head of Growth Vu Tran said supporting businesses to adapt to the current crisis was important.

‘We believe that helping employers and their teams maintain productivity through learning during these times is going to accelerate the world’s recovery from this crisis,’ Mr Tran said.

‘Regardless of what industry you are in or what country you are from, everyone’s got a need for learning right now.

‘For example, we’re currently supporting staff from both Australia’s major airlines who have been stood down, by providing opportunities for free professional development training.

‘At the same time, we’ve also seen a big demand globally for our services due to the trend of “iso-learning”, where people who still have a job are looking for productive things to do during lockdown.’

TIQ Acting CEO Richard Watson applauded GO1’s efforts to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘GO1’s ability to offer learning opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic will help businesses in Queensland and around the world come out of this crisis in better shape,’ Mr Watson said.

‘It also makes business sense in terms of spreading the word about what GO1 has to offer not just now but also once the pandemic is over.

‘TIQ is proud to have been assisting GO1 throughout its journey – from a start-up that was just beginning to consider exporting to a world-leader in online learning platforms.’

Mr Tran said demand for GO1’s products had been strong internationally.

‘We’re seeing usage grow in countries where, once people have started to adjust to lockdown measures, there’s a desire to keep upskilling and learning,’ he said.

‘For example, thanks to an introduction through TIQ ASEAN, we launched a program with Singapore’s National Trades Union Congress that saw over 60,000 Singaporean workers sign up in the first 3 weeks.

‘And Italy — which has never been in our top 10 markets — jumped into our top 4 during March and April when they started entering stricter lockdowns.’

Mr Tran said GO1 employs just under 100 staff at its Underwood headquarters.

‘Our centre of gravity is here in Queensland – our founding team are Queenslanders – and it’s where we make the decisions that help drive our 10 international offices.

‘We’re a high-growth company and we hope we can contribute to Queensland’s recovery once this crisis is over by continuing to grow and hire more staff.

‘At the same time, we’ll remain committed to a global presence.

‘We’re the “Netflix of learning”, and if we can make a difference and help companies and their employees, we will.’

Mr Tran said that GO1 had also improved the working-from-home experience by working with Microsoft to integrate the GO1 app with Microsoft Teams.

In other big news for the company, GO1 announced it had raised over US$40 million in a Series C funding on 19 May.

If your business would like to discuss learning opportunities with GO1, please visit their website.

Start-ups and digital products are identified as one of Queensland’s emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.