The Welsh government has launched a provision for online training in the country for workforce who have been furloughed by their organisations owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

As per the Welsh Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates, the newly launched e-learning resources are aimed at helping workers in learning new skills.

The provision is expected to help furloughed workers to enhance their knowledge levels across a wide range of areas, while supporting their mental wellbeing and preparing them for the future.

To avail the e-learning resources, interested learners have to visit the Working Wales website, following which they will be signposted to a variety of free online resources that will assist them in refreshing their skill sets.

The free online resources available for the furloughed workers during the coronavirus crisis are The Open University’s OpenLearn programme, Business Wales online support services (BOSS), and Careers Wales courses.

Ken Skates said: “This is a hugely challenging and difficult  time for all of us. We want to support those workers who have been furloughed and provide them with easy to access opportunities to improve their skills, maintain their mental health, and potentially think about future careers options.

“Workers taking this time to acquire new skills and knowledge will also be hugely helpful as we all work to ensure the Welsh economy is in the best possible position to bounce back from this pandemic.”

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The OpenLearn programme is said to offer a broad range of more than 1,000 short courses. These include sections on managing mental health and wellbeing, information on coronavirus for nursing and healthcare staff, and resources designed to assist businesses during the challenging time.

There are also courses on rural entrepreneurship, a beginner course for Welsh learners, and everyday skills in English and Maths.

The Open University (OU) in Wales director Louise Casella said: “Online learning with the OU can help people gain some new skills and improve their knowledge in a subject, ready for when they return to work.

“The OU has world leading expertise and capability in the delivery of online teaching and all the short courses on our OpenLearn platform are free. Users can register whenever they choose and learn at their own pace, balancing the course with other responsibilities.”