Hyderabad: Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) has partnered with Coursera, an online learning platform, to train 50,000 unemployed youth during the Covid-19 crisis. The partnership is part of Coursera’s global roll-out of the Workforce Recovery Initiative, where any State and country can provide unemployed workers with free access to online learning.
On the eve of World’s Youth Skills Day, through the partnership, TASK is making 3,800 courses on Coursera available to 50,000 unemployed youths across the State. The programme aims to develop high-demand skills such as data science, cloud computing, blockchain, AI, computer science, and the Internet of Things. It will also include access to highly sought-after professional certificates like the Google IT support professional certificate, designed to train people with no tech background for IT jobs.
Learners can enroll in the courses by September 30 and will have access until the end of the year to complete the courses.
“Empowered by the vision of IT Minister KT Rama Rao, Telangana has been taking bold steps and policy actions to create a large pool of skilled workforce that companies around the world find attractive to employ. The present pandemic induced slowdown should be seen as an opportunity and used effectively by students, graduates seeking jobs as well as professionals who are between jobs, to skill themselves in areas that are less likely to be impacted by a crisis of this nature,” said TASK CEO, Shrikant Sinha, on Tuesday.
Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said youth unemployment is a major challenge around the world and the pandemic made it worse. “We are honored to work with the Telangana, known for its inspiring vision, innovative policies, and commitment to creating a workforce of the future, as our first government partner in India,” he added.
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