Odisha partners with Coursera to upskill 50,000 unemployed youth

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on July 15, 2020 Published on July 15, 2020

The Odisha Skills Development Authority has partnered with online learning platform Coursera to train 50,000 unemployed youth during the Covid-19 crisis.

Launched on the World Youth Skills Day, the partnership is part of the global rollout of Coursera’s Workforce Recovery Initiative, where any state and country can provide unemployed workers with free access to online learning, the company mentioned in its official release.

The government of Odisha aims to solve the problem of unemployment in the State by improving employability among its youth.

The programme aims to build in-demand skills like data science, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. These courses will also offer professional certificates like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, designed to train people with no tech background for high-demand jobs.

Speaking of the partnership, Rashmita Panda IAS, Director of Employment and CEO, OSDA, Government of Odisha said in the official announcement: “These are challenging times for the economy and the job market. The crisis has impacted many workers across the State, especially youth.”

“As part of the State’s commitment towards building a workforce of the future, we are excited to collaborate with Coursera to provide our citizens with access to the world’s best learning content, giving them the opportunity to develop the latest digital skills,” she added.

According to Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera, youth unemployment is a major challenge around the world and the pandemic made it worse.

“We are honoured to partner with the government of Odisha in its efforts to transform the state into a global talent hub by providing broad-based skilling opportunities to its youth,” he added.

The workforce initiative is part of the Coursera for Government offering launched in 2017 to equip government employees and citizens with in-demand skills. With this launch, Odisha joins many US states and countries around the world that are using Coursera to offer job-relevant online learning to unemployed workers, the company said.

Learners can enroll in the courses offered through the initiative by September 30, 2020, and will have access until the end of the year to complete the courses.

Currently, the world faces the biggest unemployment crisis in the modern era. The pandemic has affected the livelihoods of 2.7 billion workers globally, with millions at risk in India.

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Published on July 15, 2020
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