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Commonwealth Of Learning (COL) Opportunity: COL – Skills For Work Programme

PR –  The Ministry of Education, Human Resource  Development, Religious Affairs, and Information, in partnership with the Commonwealth of  Learning (COL) is providing scholarship opportunities for Grenadian citizens to attain skills that  are required for decent employment or entrepreneurship through the COL-Skills for Work programme.  

The initiative enables citizens to access over 5000 high quality skills development courses  provided through the world’s leading e-learning platforms, Coursera and Udemy. Courses are  certified upon completion. The initiative is aimed at increasing citizen’s chances of employment  both locally and abroad as well as encouraging entrepreneurship, thereby enabling the  improvement in livelihood for citizens and promoting lifelong learning.  

Three different scholarships are offered under the Skills for Work Program

COL-Grow with Google Skills for Work 

COL-Coursera Skills for Work 

COL-Udemy Skills for Work 

The Ministry of Education therefore invites eligible citizens to apply for the first 600 available  scholarships under the COL – Skills for Work programme.

Please apply now as both time and space are limited.  

See link to website to apply: https://gov.gd/moe/skillsforwork 

All interested persons must apply by May 7, 2021.  

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship to enroll and complete as many courses as  possible in one of the three certification programmes: Coursera, Udemy and Grow with Google 

Eligibility Criteria/ Target Learners 

Must be a citizen of Grenada 

Individuals who are interested in gaining new skills to enter or traverse the job market Students in the final year of their associate degree/undergraduate/diploma/postgraduate degree 

Individuals who are unemployed and wish to gain skills to start a micro-enterprise or to secure a job 

Individuals who are employed and wish to reskill or upskill 

Individuals with disabilities with basic ICT skills (Individuals with disabilities will be  prioritized for the scholarship program.) 

Individuals who may have had their income reduced due to the effects of COVID-19 Any gender 

Young men are especially encouraged to apply for the scholarship. 

Timeline and Number of Scholarships for 2021 

Cohort 1 – 600 Scholarships from May 1 – September 30, 2021 (5 months) Cohort 2 – 600 Scholarships from October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 (6 months)

Deadline for application submission: 

Cohort 1 – May 7, 2021 

Cohort 2 – September 20, 2021 

Scholarship Rules 

Once your application is submitted using the online form, a selection committee  comprising officials from the Ministry of Education will shortlist the eligible  candidates. Shortlisted candidates may or may not be required to participate in an  online screening process and/or telephone interview.  

Shortlisted candidates will be provided with the details for online screening and/or  telephone interviews through phone/ SMS/email/WhatsApp/Telegram. Successful candidates will be formally notified and a formal invitation to join the  desired online platform will be sent to them. 

Successful candidates must respond to the email invitation to sign up for the  designated certification programme (Coursera, Udemy or Grow with Google portal)  within two (2) days of receiving.  

The learner must then enroll in a course or more, within one week of accepting the  invitation. 

The learner must show enough progress (the minimum weekly study hours) in their  course selection(s). 

The learner must complete at least one (1) course within four weeks of the  commencement of the scholarship. 

For COL Coursera and Udemy scholarships, the learner is required to complete at least  three (3) courses within the five (5) month period.

For COL-Grow with Google Scholarship, learners are required to commit at least 10  hours per week. 

The scholarship will be withdrawn if any learner is not able to demonstrate enough  commitment and willingness to take advantage of it, and the Ministry of Education  reserves the right to not consider such learner for any future COL scholarship  programmes. 

A helpdesk facility is available to help facilitate learning. 

Please note that this program does not provide equipment or financial assistance to applicants.  Help desk: 

Contact our help desk for any assistance or queries. Our staff aims to provide administrative and  academic support. 

Monday – Friday 

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Landline: (473) 440-2737 extension: 27089 

Mobile: (473) 459 – 4337 

WhatsApp: (473) 459 – 4337 

Email: SkillForWork@moe.gov.gd

Please see categories of courses offered in each scholarship that can guide your selection: Category of Courses Offered on Udemy 

Cloud Computing 

Data Science 

Design 

IT Operations 

Finance & Accounting 

Leadership & Management 

Marketing 

Office Productivity 

Project management & Operations 

Personal Development 

Sales 

Human Resources 

Category of courses offered on Coursera 

Digital Transformation 

Entrepreneurship 

Cloud Computing 

Application & Web Development 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

Big Data 

Leadership and Influence 

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Grow with Google Skills for Work Scholarship:  Only six specialized courses offered. 

IT Automation with Python 

UX Design 

IT Support 

IT Project Management 

Data Analytics 

Android Development (Soon to be available)

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