Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative

COVID-19 has altered the technological landscape of many industries. Digital technology is now the centre of operation for many industries; from online meetings via Zoom, to companies relying on automated technologies to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID. In light of such transformations, there is a pressing need for students, industry professionals and unemployed individuals to upskill, reskill and retool in order to gain a competitive edge or have the necessary skills required for emerging roles in the workforce during and post-COVID. 

With President Bio’s commitment to leverage science, technology and innovation to better the lives of citizens, DSTI has collaborated with the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, and Coursera to provide certification for 3,800 courses and 400 specializations that will support 50,000 Sierra Leoneans build on in-demand and industry-ready skills to accelerate workforce development over 6 months period.                      

“The pandemic has affected hundreds of millions of jobs around the world, including the livelihoods of many youths in Sierra Leone, Coursera is honored to partner with the government of Sierra Leone and the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation to provide young workers in the country with job-relevant online learning to swiftly enter the workforce”. said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera.

Get a certification in SAS Programming, Google IT Support, a specialization as a Business Analyst, Game Developer, or become an Android App Developer! With over 3,800 courses, you can prepare yourself for your future. 

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DSTI-Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative FAQs

What is the Workforce Recovery Initiative Programme?

The Workforce Recovery Initiative is a programme designed by Coursera to support governments in helping impacted workers and unemployed citizens to reskill and up-skill to regain employment, by providing them with free access to 3,800 online courses.

Who is eligible to register for this Programme?

University students, young professionals or anyone looking to gain industry-ready skills.

If I am a Sierra Leonean living outside of the country, am I eligible to register for this programme?

Any Sierra Leonean is eligible to register for any of the free 3,800 courses being offered under the Workforce Recovery Initiative Programme.

How long do I have to complete my course(s)?

Upon successful registration, you have six months to complete all registered courses (July 2020 to December 31st, 2020)

Do I email my questions, comments, etc. to DSTI or Coursera?

Individual emails sent to DSTI will not be responded to. All inquiries related to course content or learning material should be sent to Coursera’s Help Centre.

Is there a limit to the number of courses I can register for?

There is no limit to the number of courses you can register for! You can take as many courses as you’d like but remember you have until December 31st, 2020 to complete all courses. 

Can I redo a module

Yes, you can redo a module (check course content for more information).

When is the registration deadline?

The deadline for registration is October 30th, 2020

What if I already have an existing account with Coursera?

You can choose to register for your courses with your existing account or choose to create a new one under the Workforce Recovery Initiative Programme.

Will I be awarded a certificate for every course(s) I complete?

Upon successful completion of course, Coursera with the education partner for the course will issue a course completion certificate. 

Will I have to pay to get my certificates?

You will be awarded your certificates for FREE! There is no cost attached to this.

Can I pursue a Masters degree under the Workforce Recovery Initiative?

Full degree programs are not part of the Workforce Recovery Initiative. 

What do I do after registration?

Upon successful registration, a confirmation email will be sent directly to your inbox.

Kindly ensure that all information provided on the registration form is correct.

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Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation
State House,State Avenue
Freetown, Sierra Leone

+232 76 456369

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