Lyft announced that all Lyft drivers who have completed 10 rides in the last three months will receive discounts of 5 to 20 percent off courses from Guild Education. The online education company works with more than 80 universities to deliver thousands of courses, ranging from GEDs to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certifications, vocational courses, and English as a Second Language offerings. Each prospective Guild Education student receives coaching and counseling toward an education goal.
According to an annual survey of Lyft drivers due out next year, 47 percent of Lyft drivers in the United States do not have a college degree, a spokesperson told VentureBeat. Lyft currently has more than 700,000 drivers. Lyft chose to work with Guild Education to meet drivers’ frequent request for flexibility and help them achieve personal and professional goals, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat.
Other companies, like Chipotle Mexican Grill and Taco Bell, also offer employees discounts on Guild services. Guild Education course discounts could also help soften the blow when autonomous vehicles become road-ready. Automation is expected to take a lot of jobs, including those of Lyft drivers, though Lyft cofounder and CEO Logan Green recently told Vanity Fair that the service “will never need fewer drivers than we have today on the platform.”
Lyft has signed partnerships with companies like General Motors and Ford to put self-driving cars on the road by 2021, though Lyft stresses that it will continue to need drivers.