The Coursera online learning platform will make 3,800 of its courses available free of charge to people unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gizmodo reported. The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is part of its Coursera for Government training program for public servants.
The objective of the initiative is to help workers develop skills to find a job, Coursera blog article. You cannot apply individually for free courses; government agencies serving the unemployed must request it.
“Coursera for Government is designed for government agencies to provide retraining and upgrading programs for entire communities,” according to the Coursera website.
About 26 million people in the United States have filed for unemployment in the past five weeks amidst residence orders.
Courses include company-specific training programs offered by Coursera partners such as Google and IBM, as well as courses in the areas of cloud computing, emerging technologies, machine learning, Big Data and other company-specific training.
“Coursera, along with its community of partners, is ready to serve the millions of workers who have lost their jobs and will struggle to return to a slow economy,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera. Told Forbes.
The state agencies of Arizona, Illinois and Oklahoma will be the first in the United States to offer these courses. The governments of Colombia, Costa Rica, Greece, Malaysia, Panama, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are also participating, the company said. Coursera plans to add other government agencies to the program in the coming weeks.