The Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) and Odisha Skills Development Authority have partnered with Coursera. Coursera is an online training platform. They have partnered with Coursera to train 1 lakh youth who are currently unemployed during the coronavirus crisis.
50,000 youth will be trained by both states under two different tie-ups. These partnerships are formed under the Coursera’s global roll-out of the Workforce Recovery Initiative. Under this initiative, any country or state can provide free access to online learning to its unemployed workers.
3,800 courses on Coursera will be available to 50,000 unemployed youths by TASK.
The program is aimed at build-in-demand skills which include cloud computing, data science, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The program also offers professional certificates, like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. These are designed to train people for high-demand jobs who do not have any tech background.
Learners can enroll by September 30 in the courses offered through the initiative. The learners will have complete access to the courses until the end of the year.
Shrikant Sinha, CEO, TASK said that the present pandemic induced slowdown should be seen as an opportunity. This time should be used effectively by students, graduates who are seeking jobs, as well as professionals who are in-between jobs. They should try to skill themselves in areas that are less impacted by the crisis of this nature.
Rashmita Panda IAS, Director of Employment cum CEO, OSDA, Government of Odisha said that these are challenging times for the economy and the job market. This crisis has impacted many workers, especially youth, across the country.
Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO Coursera said that youth unemployment is a major challenge all over the world and the pandemic has made it even worse.
Jeff also said that they are honored to partner with the state governments in its efforts of wanting to transform the state into a global talent hub. The states are providing broad-based skilling opportunities to its youth.