LinkedIn is looking to boost its professional education presence once again with the expansion of its professional Learning Hub, launched in beta back in April, to more organizations.

The Learning Hub enables businesses to provide professional development opportunities to their employees, and uses LinkedIn’s data insights to help highlight relevant skills path and career development opportunities.

LinkedIn Learning Hub

As explained by LinkedIn at launch:

“Learning Hub has all of the capabilities of a traditional LXP, aggregating all of a company’s learning resources, but it’s so much more. It draws on data and insights from our Skills Graph, the world’s most comprehensive skills taxonomy with 36K+ skills, 24M+ job postings, and the largest professional network of 740M+ members, empowering customers with richer skill development insights, personalized content, and community-based learning.”

The new expansion, announced in a webcast hosted by LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, will see more organizations given access to the platform, while LinkedIn is additionally making 40 courses available, free of charge, to help boost take-up of the training opportunity.

The free seminars will be focused on developing aspects of the contemporary workplace, such as adjusting to hybrid arrangements, staff management in a changing work environment, and suggestions for returning to physical workplaces after a period of time away from the office. LinkedIn will be hoping that by making these courses available for free, it will see an increase in the number of people who use the Hub, which will in turn lead to an increase in the number of organizations that rely on its professional education tools, further expanding LinkedIn’s presence in the career development space.

According to the longer-term perspective of the business, LinkedIn will ultimately seek to charge companies for access to the Learning Hub, thus creating another income stream for the company. Initially, the Hub will be accessible for free to LinkedIn Learning Pro customers, but LinkedIn will assess when it will begin charging for access and how it might incorporate the Hub into its larger LinkedIn Learning platform for further growth in the future.

In addition, and as noted by TechCrunch, LinkedIn’s also looking to link the tool back into its broader recruitment offerings, with the professional development opportunities highlighted then directly tying into open positions, and helping to fill gaps by mapping LinkedIn’s data across both internal and external candidates.

It could be a big step in broadening LinkedIn’s horizons in this respect, and while it won’t impact regular LinkedIn users, specifically, it will add more data to LinkedIn’s already unmatched professional knowledge banks, and add another way for it to improve its broader offerings in this respect.

You can read more about LinkedIn’s Learning Hub here.