Infosys partners with Tennis Australia on digital learning initiative

29 January 2022 3 min. read
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Following the extension of its digital innovation partnership with Tennis Australia last year, Infosys has now joined the sporting body in launching a new digital skills initiative.

Global IT consultancy Infosys has taken the next step in its partnership with Tennis Australia through the launch of a digital learning initiative aimed at establishing new education pathways for underrepresented communities in Australia and New Zealand. Rolled out in September of last year, Infosys will now provide its Springboard platform to support Tennis Australia’s leadership programs.

“We are incredibly proud to be working in close collaboration with Tennis Australia on a number of new digital accessibility and learning initiatives,” said Andrew Groth, senior vice president and head of Infosys in the ANZ.

Infosys partners with Tennis Australia on digital learning initiative

“When we renewed our digital innovation partnership at the end of last year, we agreed that the next phase in our relationship would be to jointly build programs that have a larger positive impact on our community.”

As part of the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program aimed at empowering 10 million people by 2025 through digital skills training, the Infosys Springboard platform offers free, geographically-tailored online courses developed in collaboration with a network of leading educational institutions, covering a vast range of tech and professional development subjects from beginner through to advanced.

To kick off its five-year CSR collaboration with Tennis Australia, the platform will be used to enhance the sporting body’s leadership programs through the inclusion of development modules in areas such as time management, design thinking, and leading for success. Meanwhile, Infosys’ 5,500 local employees will have the opportunity to volunteer and mentor participants on key business and leadership skills.

The firm also stated that the platform is continuously assessed to improve usability and meet WCAG 2.1 AA digital accessibility standards, with Groth noting that according to the firm’s research only 3 percent of Australian organisations were consistently embedding accessibility. In addition to people with disabilities, the platform hopes to reach indigenous communities and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

“We’re excited that our partnership will also include programs that enable a more equitable community,” said Korey Allchin, partnerships director at Tennis Australia. “We are working to build more accessible digital experiences for everyone who engages with our sport. Infosys Springboard will also give our leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to expand their learning through a state-of-the-art digital learning environment.”

Infosys has previously teamed with Tennis Australia on CSR initiatives, including the Aces for Bushfire Relief in 2020 which raised over $6 million, as well as with other institutions on digital skills projects in Australia. Last year, Infosys signed an innovation and skills development partnership agreement with Deakin University, and is also participating in the Victorian government’s $64 million digital re-skilling program.