The Walt Disney Company is helping employees invest in their futures. Today Disney Aspire was announced. This program is being billed as the most comprehensive of its time. Disney Aspire will give the opportunity of education to The Walt Disney Company’s 80,000 hourly employees. With tuition paid up front, it will give employees the chance to pursue educational aspirations in a wide array of disciplines and diplomas.
Bob Iger originally announced that this program would be coming with a $50 million investment. It would be invested in a new and ongoing education initiative aimed specifically at The Walt Disney Company’s hourly workforce. “I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity,” he said. “It opens doors and creates new possibilities.”
Disney Aspire will be a tool to help the Disney workforce achieve new opportunities. “I am incredibly proud that Disney is embarking on this historic launch,” says Jayne Parker, senior executive vice president & chief HR officer for The Walt Disney Company.
In an interview on Disney’s corporate website, Parker shared: “At The Walt Disney Company, we strive to empower and support employees in their professional and personal lives. We are constantly looking at ways to help people realize their ambitions and fulfill their dreams, this program is the latest in that effort. Personally, I’m very excited to see what our Cast Members and employees accomplish with this opportunity.”
Disney Aspire is quite different than other educational investment programs. It will cover 100 percent of the tuition upfront. Disney Aspire will also reimburse application fees, pay for required books and materials, and eliminate many of the financial barriers to pursuing education. The program will offer a wide collection of schools, disciplines, and diplomas at different levels. It is a program that is designed to help people who are currently working succeed. It also offers participants options to pursue various educational goals that may not be tied to their current role at Disney.
Disney has partnered with the Guild Education to help Cast Members plan and succeed with their educational plans. This will be a something that evolves over time to help empower Cast Members to succeed.
“I’m personally very proud of this program. With Bob Iger’s support, our team set out to design the most comprehensive, flexible and high-quality education investment program offered to employees today.” Parker added, “I know Disney Aspire will enable employees to reach their educational goals and pursue career aspirations—including movement into new roles at Disney, as well as careers outside of the Company. In terms of what employees and Cast Members will achieve with that—all I can say is the sky’s the limit!”
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