Odisha Government Partners with Coursera to Train Unskilled Workers

On the World Youth Skills Day, the Odisha Skills Development Authority (OSDA) has partnered with leading online learning platform Coursera to train 50,000 unskilled youth. Coursera has begun a worldwide roll-out of its ‘Workforce Recovery Initiative’. Under the initiative, any state and country can provide unemployed workers with free access to online training. Odisha Government’s partnership with Coursera is a part of this initiative.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, policymakers have been busy introducing measures to contain the spread of the virus. This has led to a decline in economic activities and a rise in unemployment. The pandemic has affected the livelihoods of 2.7 billion workers globally and millions of workers in India.

The objective of Coursera’s programme is to promote in-demand skills like data science, cloud computing and Internet of Things whilst also extending professional certificates. This includes the Google IT support professional certification devised to train people with no tech background for high-demand jobs.

“These are challenging times for the economy and the job market. The crisis has impacted many workers across the state, especially youth,” said Rashmita Panda, Director of Employment and CEO of OSDA. “As part of the state’s commitment towards building a workforce of the future, we are excited to collaborate with Coursera to provide our citizens with access to the world’s best learning content, allowing them to develop the latest digital skills,” she added.

Jeff Maggioncalda, the CEO of Coursera, stated that youth unemployment is a major obstacle around the world which the pandemic made worse. “We are honoured to partner with the government of Odisha in its efforts to transform the state into a global talent hub by providing broad-based skilling opportunities to its youth”, she added.