By: Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera
At the moment, we’re excited to announce that Coursera has partnered with the United Nations Improvement Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Information Basis (MBRF) to launch the FutureSkills4All initiative. This transformative program will present scholarships for upskilling and reskilling hundreds of residents throughout the Arab States area, with the purpose to spice up their employability for digital jobs that may drive financial development within the area.
The talents required in right now’s job market are altering sooner than ever earlier than, largely as a result of accelerated charge of digital transformation and developments in AI. The WEF Way forward for Jobs Report 2023 discovered that whereas greater than 60% of staff will want retraining by 2027, solely half of those staff presently have entry to satisfactory coaching alternatives.
“Expertise improvement to satisfy the challenges of the 21st century requires sturdy collaboration and innovation. The FutureSkills4All initiative that we’re launching right now will form a future the place everybody has equal and quick access to high quality persevering with schooling and abilities improvement,” mentioned Abdallah Al Dardari, Assistant Secretary-Basic, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at UNDP. “We’re assured that this initiative will pave the way in which for hundreds of individuals to grab the alternatives of tomorrow and increase our pursuit of the imaginative and prescient of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Improvement within the Arab States area.”
The one-year pilot program goals to supply hundreds of individuals with the chance to develop in-demand and career-relevant abilities, making a extra versatile and resilient workforce. In its preliminary part, it will likely be out there to five,500 Arab States residents in 9 international locations, together with Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. It’s open to current graduates, entrepreneurs, and job seekers, with a particular concentrate on people in underserved and susceptible communities. This system additionally goals to help micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, in addition to public establishments, in bettering their staff’ abilities.
“Partnerships like these mirror the United Arab Emirates’ imaginative and prescient of progress and innovation, empowering people with the information and abilities they want for the long run. Collectively, we purpose to foster an atmosphere the place each particular person can thrive within the digital age,” mentioned H.E. Jamal Bin Huwaireb, CEO of MBRF. “Launching this initiative with UNDP and Coursera not solely underscores the dedication of our nation to the event of the Arab States area but additionally to international cooperation and information change.
We’re proud to accomplice with UNDP and MBRF to equip hundreds of residents throughout the Arab States area with the in-demand abilities and credentials wanted to take part within the digital economic system. The partnership additionally serves as a great blueprint for different areas to expedite job-creation, improve employability, and advance workforce modernization.