The online education platform Coursera offers the opportunity to join their program to unemployed people and to those who have been displaced, negatively affected or at risk of losing their job due to the impact of COVID-19. Up to 50 000 learners can be registered by Estonia to study for free until the end of the year. More information and the registration form is available here.
Coursera offers around 300 of their courses from leading companies and renowned universities for free. The courses are conducted in English with optional subtitles in other languages and after successful completion you get a certificate showcaseing the achievement. The online learning platform offers general work-related skill-development courses like digital literacy, project management and business English. You can also choose from more specific courses such as skills for managing cloud technology, game development and medicinal neuroscience. The different-length courses also help to develop skills for finding a job or maintainin your mental health.
„We encourage all interested individuals to sign up before the end of September as the current system for free access is available until the end of the year. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses but you have to start a course no longer than two weeks after registration to maintain your free spot. It is an incredible opportunity to develop your skills and gain a certificate at the end of the course to enhance your value as a future employee and boost your chances in the labour market.“ explained the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Sten Andreas Ehrlich.
„Skill-development is crucial for everyone to be better equipped for future changes on the labour market. Successfully emerging from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis is definitely a challenge and emphasises the importance of life-long learning to continue developing your skills as an adult. Our annual programme offering courses via vocational and higher education shows the notably keen interest for learning among adults. The current opportunity to obtain certificates is most definitley a good way to expand career opportunities“ emphasised the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Research, Robert Lippin.
Coursera offers a great choice of information- and communication technology courses that allow the learners to obtain a basic understanding and certificates proving developed crucial skills to work in the IT sector. „Better and more specialised knowledge in the IT sector is becoming vital in all economic fields in order to ensure a place of employment or move up the career ladder. COVID-19 and its impacts can be seen as a push to test yourself and ensure your future with konwledge and skills. Online learning offers a unique way to study from home, something we both need to do for safety and have grown used to over the course of this year’’ added the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Siim Sikkut, to encourage joining the programme, „from the perspective of Estonian economy, opportunities to diversify your skill-set and take on new challenges are the basis for ensuring future economic growth.
Coursera is offering the courses only via state institutions, from Estonia, the access is managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Research and the information is comunicated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (töötukassa) is responsible for spreading the information to those most affected by the employment crisis. To get access to the courses, people have to register on the Haridusportaal website.
Coursera offers more than 300 courses from universities and companies, among others, these are provided by Yale University, New York University, Google and IBM. The initiative has already been launched with many countries, among them Latvia, Greece, Australia and the US.
The task of the state is to manage the programme and forward information about it to all those who may be unemployed, at risk of unemployment or working in economic areas that are currently negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
More information from Haridusportaal.