“The COL-Coursera Workforce Recovery Programme has now been scaled up to offer new skills to 50,000 unemployed citizens of the Commonwealth. Launched in May 2020, it has already attracted 10,000 learners from 40 Commonwealth nations, most of whom had lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19. The first cohort of 3,000 graduates will be conferred certificates at a virtual convocation planned for late July.
“The generous contribution from Coursera has brought learning and hope to thousands who would otherwise not have the opportunity. It is a concrete step to bring the youth back into the workforce,” said Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President and CEO.
The initiative has taken skill development to a new level, with 4,000 courses in 400 specialisations, attuned to employability. According to Chad Pasha, Senior Adviser, Global Government Partnerships, the COL-driven learning programme is one of Coursera’s most successful partnerships.” COL, 2020