Global Skills Academy

Free and high-quality online trainings offered by members
of the Global Education Coalition, curated by UNESCO.
We aim to help one million young people build skills for
employability and resilience between 2020 and 2021.

How it works

UNESCO’s specialized institute for technical and vocational education and training (UNEVOC) will match learners with Academy trainings by leveraging partnerships with over 250 vocational centers located in more than 160 countries. Individual learners can also access the trainings independently.

Why it is needed

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused high levels of unemployment and young people are the most affected. They are over-represented in the hardest-hit sectors of the economy and the ILO estimates that even young people who still have jobs have seen their working hours cut by nearly 25 per cent. The Global Skills Academy provides one-stop access to trainings that can help young people develop skills for employment. The selected trainings also seek to impart skills that can accelerate a needed transition to more inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies.

What's next

UNESCO regularly adds trainings to the Academy. Global Education Coalition members propose trainings, and, upon UNESCO validation, they are featured here. UNESCO will also be making changes to the website to share more detailed information about the trainings and expected learning outcomes.

Read the press release (15/07/2020)

Courses & Platforms

Offered by Global Education Coalition members

Workforce recovery

Coursera | Helping countries, states, and cities reskill their unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce

Women Leadership & Sustainability

Dior | Leadership educational program around the four core values of autonomy, inclusion, creativity and sustainable development

Digital Water Technology

Festo | Free and discounted access to various online learning solutions

Learn ON Program

Huawei | as part of TECH4ALL, the program provides digital skills certification training and MOOCS covering fields such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Big Data and Internet of Things

IBM Skills Build

IBM |Curated programs and courses, live learning events, an AI professional development series, and digital badging for teachers, students and parents

Global Skills Initiative

Microsoft| 77% of students will need new tech skills by 2030. Microsoft is helping students get the skills they need with free training, real-world tools and certifications

Skills for Jobs database

OECD | Discover what skills are in demand in your country and what could be your next occupation

Orange Digital Centers

Orange | Orange Digital Centres for digital skills development and Orange Campus Services, providing free online courses in Africa and Middle East


Pix | Evaluate, develop and certify digital skills

Multicultural learning

ITCILO | Learning and training to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all

Partners on this initiative

Coursera | Dior | Festo | Huawei | IBM | ILO | Microsoft | OECD | Orange | Pix