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Employee Learning and Development Why It Matters


PepsiCo’s workforce is bolstered by some of the best leaders and most effective associates in the industry, thanks in part to a global community of learning led by PepsiCo University. We encourage associates to embrace a “learn it all” mentality, consistently striving to be our best at what we do each day. Our leaders are actively engaged in the teaching process, supporting learning in both formal and informal settings.

Effective learning experiences – whether they happen in a classroom or in the flow of work – require high-quality content, and in 2020 we have augmented our collection of videos, podcasts, articles, blogs, job aids and more. Our goal is to “mix the modalities” to keep engagement high and ensure learning retention over time and in the moment of need. For example, an outside perspective could give associates the insight to make a strategy adjustment, while a quick internal document might answer a process question. By equipping PepsiCo associates with the right learning resources at the right time, we aim to help them solve the business challenges they encounter in their roles.

PepsiCo’s internal global learning resource, PepsiCo University, enables a culture of continuous learning and development. In consultation with PepsiCo leaders, PepsiCo University sets priorities for global classroom and online curriculum needs. Our curriculum is organized by topic across three categories:

  • Leadership and Management,
  • Future-Ready Workforce, and
  • Functional Skills

Learners can mix-and- match electronic and face-to-face content from these three areas to suit their learning styles and objectives. PepsiCo University leadership programs are rich, hands-on experiences in which leaders solve real business problems alongside global peers.  Our learners emerge empowered to work in new ways, engaged in our global strategy and better connected to great leaders from across the business.


In 2020, PepsiCo launched a new online learner experience platform, PEP U Degreed, which leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to suggest personalized learning resources based on skills/interests, colleague connections and learning habits. We think that the effectiveness of learning is more than the number of hours; it’s upskilling by learning in the flow of work through videos, articles and colleagues sharing information. With PEP U Degreed, we are able to offer creative learning solutions that go beyond the typical eLearning and instructor-led training options by providing access to industry magazines, TED talks, podcasts and more.

What's Next

Creating development interventions that focus on individual skills — and connecting those with other HR tools — will enable PepsiCo employees to find countless opportunities for growth. Those future opportunities may include projects, mentorship relationships, or new full-time roles. We will also aim to increase the ability for our frontline population to upskill and reskill by offering specific interventions and paths, including certificates, bachelor’s degrees, and programs in trades such as machine and maintenance mechanics. PepsiCo is committed to showing all parts of our organization that career growth and learning and development are important.