Commonwealth of Learning offers free online courses through Coursera – Loop News Trinidad and Tobago

The Ministry of Labour is inviting people who have been retrenched or between jobs due to COVID-19 to apply for online courses through the the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) – Coursera Workforce Recovery Programme.

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2020; apply here:

The programme aims ‘to build skills among unemployed citizens of a Commonwealth nation and thus, enable them to re-enter the labour market’.

The programme provides free and unlimited access to over 4000 employability related courses to citizens who are keen to gain newer and 21st Century skills.

‘As an intergovernmental organisation committed to improving livelihood conditions of people across the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has entered into this partnership to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people whose immediate need is to acquire skills for regaining employment.’

‘The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown measures have impacted over 1.6 billion learners around the world, leaving them with little or no option to continue their education. Millions have lost their jobs and livelihoods and need reskilling to regain employment.’

‘Recognising the catastrophic effects of the pandemic on millions of people who have become unemployed, or are on the verge of losing their jobs, Coursera, one of the world’s leading eLearning providers, has recently announced the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative as an immediate solution to these challenges.’

Benefits of the Programme

All registered learners in the COL-Coursera Workforce Recovery Programme will gain UNLIMITED and FREE access to 3,800 courses designed to skill and reskill