ReGeneration “unlocks” free access to online courses and certifications from the world’s top universities, for tens of thousands of young people, in collaboration with Coursera
This strategic partnership with the global online education platform will provide the opportunity for free training and certification to tens of thousands of young students, graduates, employees, and unemployed 18-29 year-olds throughout Greece, and for the first time, to students of Military Schools and members of the country’s Armed Forces.
ReGeneration, the largest employment and training program in Greece, proves once again that it continues to support thousands of young people in the country, during a period where the first economic and social challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic will begin to surface.
In this context, with the “Skills for Greece 2021,” initiative, ReGeneration begins the largest collaboration for training in the program’s history. By utilizing the benefits of Coursera, the world-leading online training platform, and the Workforce Recovery Initiative, ReGeneration “unlocks” access to some 3,800 online courses and 400 specializations for tens of thousands of individuals, thus giving the opportunity to young people ages 18-29, even in the most remote parts of the country, to attend courses and receive certification from the world’s leading universities including Stanford, Yale, INSEAD, Imperial College, and more.
This strategic collaboration marks further advancement for ReGeneration, since for the first time, program beneficiaries will include students of Greece’s military schools, as well as members of the Armed Forces, via a landmark cooperation with the General Staff of National Defense.
Through this initiative, ReGeneration further realizes its mission to democratize training opportunities for young people regardless of academic and professional direction, taking another step towards achieving one of the program’s main goals: to promote up/re-skilling in support of new generation professionals. The next step will be to create programs for targeted training “directions” (learning paths), with a combination of modern and asynchronous education in key sectors of the labor market including technology, tourism, etc.
ReGeneration Co-Founder Panos Madamopoulos-Moraris referred to this great partnership in a statement: “We launched ReGeneration in 2014 amidst an economic crisis, with the vision to democratize access to professional opportunity for young people, and in this way help them realize their dream of a better future.
The impact of COVID-19 has made our mission even more imperative. While on one hand, developments concerning digital skills and the future of work have accelerated, on the other hand, social inequalities that mainly concern equal opportunities for young graduates, are alarmingly increasing.
In this context, we are intensifying our efforts in the great fight against underemployment and unemployment, with our ally Coursera, the largest e-learning platform in the world, while at the same time, we are very happy that this initiative gives us the opportunity for a new and very honorable cooperation with those who know of great battles better than anyone – the General Staff of National Defense and the country’s military schools.
Almost six years after our launch, we could not be more proud of our social footprint and offerings to the young people of our country. We are also grateful to our supporters, as without them, this would not be possible. Now, more than ever, we invite anyone who believes in the purpose and impact of ReGeneration, to join us, so that we can help even more young people dream of a better future!”
“The pandemic has affected millions of jobs worldwide, and Greece and its young people are no exception. Access to digital skills is key to preparing them for the jobs of the future. At Coursera, we are honored to work with ReGeneration, in an effort to offer young people in Greece free access to online courses that will help them re-enter the job market smoothly, but also to take new professional steps that will lead to successful long-term careers,” says Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera.
Coursera online courses are open to young people aged 18-29, students, graduates, employees and the unemployed – who have been hit hardest during this period – and will be available through the Liaison Offices of the country’s universities, military schools (to students and permanent officers 18-40 years old), through the network of ReGeneration partner companies, but also through an informational campaign. The courses cover topics such as engineering, business, data science, etc. and are divided into weekly sections. The progress in each course is evaluated through quizzes and group work, while the participants, upon completion of courses, receive certification from the respective university.
Registrations for online courses of interest must be completed by 9/30/2020 on a first come first serve basis. Upon registration, access to the courses will be valid until 12/31/20.
For more information, visit http://regeneration.gr/en/regeneration-x-coursera
With a vision to democratize post-university education and career opportunities for young graduates in our country, ReGeneration is the largest employment and training program in Greece. An initiative of the Global Shapers Athens Hub and World Economic Forum, ReGeneration was created with the goal of contributing to youth employment, bridging the skills gap, and combating “brain drain.” The program addresses talented young graduates (up to 29 years old) in a range of specialties with 0 – 3 years of work experience, who strive to stand out as young professionals in Greece. ReGeneration offers participants 6 months (minimum) paid employment at multinational companies and SMEs in Greece, and 32 hours of training with a focus on personal and professional development, as well as mentoring opportunities with renowned market executives. As part of the program, participants also complete 25 volunteer hours supporting select NGOs. ReGeneration is a non-profit program supported by: Coca-Cola, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Hellenic Initiative and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Select partners offering necessary services, know-how and resources to the program include: Arctic Shores, ethelon, Job-Pairs, Mindshare, OTE Academy and RSM Greece.
For more information about ReGeneration, each program, and the conditions of participation, visit www.regeneration.gr.
Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, with a vision to offer crucial learning experiences to anyone, anywhere in the world. Today, it is a leading online learning platform for higher education, with 65 million visitors from around the world using it to train and acquire skills for the future.
More than 200 of the world’s leading universities and other educational institutions partner with Coursera, which offering courses, specializations, certifications and degree programs.
2,500 companies trust the Coursera for Business corporate platform to develop their talent, while Coursera for Government trains government employees and citizens in high-demand skills to create a competitive workforce.
The Coursera for Campus supports every University that wishes to offer high quality online education to students, graduates, faculty and administrators that meets the needs of the job market.
Coursera is supported by leading investors such as Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, Learn Capital, SEEK Group.