Coursera has announced that it is giving unemployed workers around the world free access to 3,800 courses in its platform through its Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative. The initiative intends to give workers who were unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic a chance to find new jobs by taking courses to upskill and reskill. Government agencies that directly serve unemployed workers are eligible for the program, but non-profit and non-government organizations may also gain eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
“We will provide every government agency directly serving an unemployed population impacted by COVID-19 with free access to our course catalogue for these unemployed workers. Government organizations can sign up to provide unemployed workers with access to more than 3,800+ courses and 400 Specializations from Coursera’s university and industry partners. Governments will be able to offer free access until September 30, 2020 and learners enrolled at that time will continue to have access to finish their courses until December 31, 2020,” Coursera explains.
Coursera has allocated 50,000 licenses for each impacted government that joins the initiative. Learners who enroll in courses through the initiative will be offered course certificates for each course they take; however, they must enroll through their government. Individuals who enroll on their own may face course costs, but they may also apply for financial aid or free auditing.