LONG ISLAND, NY — In an effort to help Long Islanders who are unemployed or underemployed, the state of New York launched a new free online training platform.
It is designed to help all residents of the state navigate the new coronavirus pandemic by giving them the opportunity to learn new skills, earn certificates and advance their careers at no cost.
According to a news release, the new tool will provide access to about 4,000 online programs taught by leading professors and industry professionals on Coursera. The focus will be on high-growth and in-demand sectors such as advanced manufacturing, technology, health care and more.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this is only one front in the war against the deadly virus.
“While we are doing everything we can to protect the health of New Yorkers, we must also take the steps necessary for building back a strong economy,” he said in a prepared statement.
The new training platform will help ensure residents of the state are not left behind by providing access to resources and training they need to get back on their feet, he said.
Coursera and the state Department of Labor have partnered to provide the free course offerings.
Topics for the nearly 4,000 courses include managing a remote team, business writing, marketing in a digital world, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and the art of negotiation.
New Yorkers can get a free account and find out more about course offerings through this state website. The full Coursera catalog can be seen here.
The state will also partner with New York-based businesses to encourage their employees to utilize this free learning opportunity.
While Long Island’s private sector employment increased in September, the free courses come at a time to help those who are underemployed make themselves more qualified for industries that appears to be on the upswing.
According to the state labor department, private sector payroll employment on Long Island increased by 11,700 in September (the number is not seasonally adjusted). That increase followed an increase of 9,800 in August.
However, despite the gains over the last five months, employment in the private sector is down by 113,000, or 9.8 percent, compared to a year ago.
Private sector job gains in September were mainly due to seasonal factors, led by transportation and warehousing and private educational services. The social assistance industry, which includes child day care services, also added 3,600 jobs in September. Employment in the government sector grew by 14,700 in September, led by local government education services.