NTUC LearningHub Makes Singapore ‘Circuit Breaker’ Educational

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Employees stuck in Singapore’s “circuit breaker” at home can now use the time to shore up their own skills and training.

NTUC LearningHub is partnering with professional development platform GO1 to offer free online courses.  Microsoft’s venture arm M12 and SEEK are funding the platform.

The partnership allows employees to choose from 100 handpicked courses that will be free all the way through May 31, 2020 as Singapore implements strict social distancing measures called Circuit Breaker. These measures aim to lower the sudden surge in COVID-19 infection in the island nation by reducing community-based infection.

"The 'Circuit Breaker' period is an opportune one for workers in Singapore to make good use of time to upgrade skill sets. We believe that learning should never stop, so we remain committed to driving Singapore's workforce forward in our transformation journey, especially through changing times. Our mission to make learning accessible to all workers has never been so pertinent and urgent than in the present," says Kwek Kok Kwong, chief executive officer at NTUC LHUB.

The library of free courses offered on the GO1 platform features in-demand Worker 4.0 skill sets under Adaptive Skills — such as change management, business management, leadership and innovation — and Technology Skills, such as Data Analytics, Python Coding, Blockchain and Cloud.

The courses will use the microlearning format that involves smaller segments. The courses can range from nine minutes to seven hours, according to the announcement. Learners can choose courses and learn at their own pace and schedules. The platform tracks individual learning progress and offers personalized recommendations.

Foreign workers, whose rising infection rate is the prime concern for the Singapore government, can also use the platform to learn Workplace Safety and Health (WSH).

"During this 'Circuit Breaker' period, and even through unprecedented challenges, it is important that we continue to expand our knowledge and horizons. NTUC LearningHub is spurring Singaporeans to learn any time, anywhere, and on any device by going the extra mile with this initiative," says Vu Tran, cofounder at GO1.

"GO1 stands ready to help Singaporeans by working with NTUC LearningHub to offer this suite of free courses. This is an example of how people's needs, especially in times of distress, take center stage."

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