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Skills for work

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL)’s Skills for Work initiative is aimed at closing the skills gap for in-demand and high-demand jobs in Commonwealth Member States.

Skills for Work takes a two-pronged approach:

  • Through hybrid models that apply open and distance learning techniques, it helps women, girls, youth, people with disabilities, entrepreneurs, and the unemployed at the community level to acquire relevant 21st Century, life and essential skills, and access in-country mentorship support.
  • Through varied partnership models, it enhances ODL capabilities of both TVET institutions and other non-governmental organisations involved in skill development to share and adapt open educational resources; develop capacity in blended teaching/learning practices; scale up outreach efforts; and, respond to the market needs.

Skills for Work Certification Programme

Through COL-Skills for Work Initiative, Commonwealth of Learning aims to support the efforts of Member States to provide skills required for decent employment and entrepreneurship and pave the way for attaining skills, enhancing skills, lifelong learning and growth.

Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has partnered with Google, Coursera and Udemy to offer the Skills for Work Initiative to enable youth and adults in Commonwealth nations to access high quality skill development courses provided through the world’s leading e-learning platforms, such as, Coursera and Udemy.  

COL will offer three different certification programmes under the Skills for Work Initiative:

  • COL-Grow with Google Skills for Work Certification Programme
  • COL-Coursera Skills for Work Certification Programme
  • COL-Udemy Skills for Work Certification Programme

Three Unique Certification Programmes

col - grow with google skills for work Certification ProgramME

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This scholarship provides job-ready skills and in 6 specialized areas – IT Automation with Python, UX Design, Data Analytics, IT Support, IT Project Management & Android Development that can earn you a place  as an employee of world’s top companies through this unique Google professional certificate.

Col - Udemy Skills for Work Certification ProgramME

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Learn skills through Udemy for Business to advance your career in a variety of fields including business, Entrepreneurship, IT Project Management, Personal Development, Digital Marketing, Language, Marketing, communications and many more.

col - Coursera skills for work Certification ProgramME

Coursera Logo

This scholarship is ideal for those who wish to attend high quality e-learning courses developed by the world’s top universities and companies. Earn industry-recognized credentials and demonstrate your new skills by sharing your Course Certificate.

Benefits of col-skills for work Initiative

study online

Learn 24/7. Anytime, Anywhere. At your own pace. Flexible schedule.

Free of cost

There is no registration or tuition fee for accessing courses. 100% free.

get certificate

Get a certificate each time you complete a course. Verifiable and shareable.

Apply now

Commonwealth of Learning invites citizens of Commonwealth nations to apply for Commonwealth of Learning – Skills for Work Initiative to acquire skills to gain employment, better work opportunities and improved livelihoods.  We invite all citizens to apply, especially women, girls, youth, adults and persons with disabilities.

COL- SKILLS FOR WORK initiative available until 31 march 2024

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What our learners have to say?

“I have received certificates and now look forward to reaching out to my old employer and also to applying for new job opportunities, I have regained my lost confidence to resume my career afresh.”
Nahida Sultana from Bangladesh
Nahida Sultana
“I am giving back to my community by training youth, women and people with disabilities equipping them with digital literacy skills because these skills help us change our life for the better.”
Martine Benemariya from Rwanda

Martine Benemariya

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