Coursera's online platform will provide 3, 800 of its courses for free for people who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is part of Coursera for Government's training program for government officials.
According to the Coursera blog post, the organization's goal is to help the population improve their skills for re-employment. However, you cannot apply for free training from a private person - only government agencies that serve the unemployed have the right to request such access. In the past five weeks, about 26 million people have applied for unemployment benefits in the United States alone. Therefore, there will definitely not be a shortage of potential participants.
The program includes specialized lessons from Coursera partner companies such as Google and IBM, as well as courses in cloud computing, emerging technologies, machine learning, big data, and a variety of business coaching.
According to the company, the governments of Colombia, Costa Rica, Greece, Malaysia, Panama, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have already joined the program. Coursera expects to significantly expand the list of participating government agencies in the coming weeks.