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  If you would like to become an entrepreneur or get employed in the contemporary economy, here is an opportunity for you to gain the knowledge and skills you need to do so.
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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is offering scholarships for selected courses on the Coursera platform. The learning pathways covered by this initiative will enable persons who go through them to build competencies in entrepreneurship, career readiness, and technology. Coursera, an online learning platform, is affiliated with some of the world’s leading universities. The courses available on it are facilitated by top experts. The cost of gaining certification from institutions whose courses are available on the site varies with each course. But thanks to the partnership between NITDA and Coursera, selected Nigerians will be able to access these learning tracks free of charge.

Learning Pathways Covered By The Partnership

The tracks for which scholarships exist (under the Coursera for Government initiative) include the following:
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Career Readiness Pathway

This is offered to recent graduates who want to learn soft and hard skills that will give them an edge in the contemporary market for talent. It takes on modules in digital literacy, job search, job success, self-awareness, career development, and productivity. The career readiness pathway also gives prospective employees the chance to learn key emerging technologies such as blockchain, big data, and artificial intelligence. If you would like to apply for the Career Readiness Pathway, click this link.

Entrepreneurship Pathway

Persons who would like to establish their own businesses can take the modules under this track. It enables aspiring entrepreneurs to learn the skills they would need to excel as founders and managers of a technology-driven venture.
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Participants will also build capabilities in communication, design thinking, startup finance, creative thinking and innovation, and product management—all of which are important skills in the modern business space. If you would like to apply for the Entrepreneurship Pathway, click this link.

Tech Learning Pathway

The tech learning pathway zeroes in on specific aspects of IT, especially those for which there is currently a high and growing demand. Applicants who qualify for this track will gain competencies in data analytics, data science, data engineering, IT infrastructure and security, and mobile and web development. If you would like to apply for the Tech Learning Pathway, click this link
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This article was first published on 22nd December 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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