Help GOAL and ‘Excel’ during COVID-19

30th April 2020

Posted In: FYI

Excel experts from all over the world are coming together to “spread” their skills to thousands of “lockdown” workers in order to raise vital COVID-19 response funds for Irish humanitarian aid agency, GOAL. Twenty-five of the top global Excel professionals have created a bespoke, cut-price four-hour course, with video, to benefit workers and business owners with time on their hands due to closure or downsizing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With such courses normally costing hundreds of euros, the Excel experts are offering their expertise for either €10 or €20 – with every penny of fees going to help GOAL in its respond to the COVID pandemic in the 13 countries it works in. The course offered will be the same for both payment options.

The experienced Excel professionals, who are from every continent,  have come together with Excel Club run by Irish woman, Paula Guilfoyle (pictured) and UK based Alan Murray from Computergaga, and they hope to reach a large global audience with this course. They include authors, YouTubers and other content creators who have built a reputation as an expert in the Excel community.

Each expert will submit a lesson and a video covering various aspects of Excel and subscribers can pick what aspects of the course they want to dip into. The course is designed to appeal to people of all skill levels with something for everyone.

The course will cover:

•General Level Excel Tips
•Advanced Excel Tips
•Charting, Dashboards and Visualizations
•Excel Power Tool Tips
•Financial Modelling Tips

Zenler online courses platform has agreed to donate to this relief effort. Using a dedicated platform will keep this course independent from other courses instructors might have.

One of those behind the initiative, Paula Guilfoyle, said: “The aim is to share knowledge in a fun way and help the work of GOAL which is doing an incredible job responding to COVID-19 in its 13 countries.”

She said: “Currently millions of workers all over the world have had their working lives turned upside due to COVID-19. Many are now working from home and some have lost their jobs. This is a perfect time to perfect vital Excel skills when people have more time on their hands and we thought this was a great way to help people upskill and to give to a great cause at the same time.”

“We are purposely keeping the price low to attract as many sales as possible so are giving an option for people to pay €10 or €20. Deep discounting has proven to attract numbers and we hope that these low prices make this course affordable for all. We have chosen two price points as we understand some people can afford more than others and may be willing to pay extra to support the cause.”

Alan Vard, Senior Development Manager for GOAL said: “A huge thanks to everybody at the Excel Club for coming up with this unique idea which will encourage people to use time at home to upskill, while raising funds for GOAL’s COVID-19response at the same time. “We are all getting used to the new world we are living in, and coming to terms with restrictions and different work practices. But while we feel challenged here we must not forget the real challenges that vulnerable communities are facing each and every day in the countries in which GOAL operates.”

“Whatever chance countries like Ireland have to cope with COVID-19, it has the potential to have a greater catastrophic impact on millions of vulnerable people living in the developing countries across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. GOAL needs the support of people now more than ever.”

Enrolments to this course will only be available for a 2-week period and students who enrol will have 6 months access. The Excel experts will promote the course through their own email lists, subscribers and followers during the two weeks enrolment period.

The two-week enrolment period opens on Monday May 4th.  You can pre-register here>>