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Wednesday, 04 August 2021 13:07

Skill Finder offers free digital courses

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Skill Finder, the government-funded national skills marketplace led by Adobe, is offering more than 2,000 free digital courses in partnership with Commonwealth Bank (CBA), which can help Australians get back into the job market or upskill and reskill into new roles.

Skill Finder partners with Commonwealth Bank to offer more free digital courses.

Skill Finder will be incorporated into Commonwealth Bank’s digital feature Benefits finder and Benefits finder for Business via the CommBank app as part of the deal.

Skill Finder says customers who use Benefits finder and Benefits finder for Business to claim government benefits and rebates will be guided to explore over 2,000 free digital courses to obtain transferable micro-skills that may help them get back into the job market or upskill and reskill into new roles and growth sectors.

“The pandemic has added to the urgency of increased collaboration between employer organisations, industry and government to deliver more targeted and flexible skills development programs,” notes Adobe ANZ vice president and managing director Suzanne Steele. “The wider corporate Australia has a shared accountability to help provide people with the tools needed to upskill and reskill in line with emerging skills demand.”

“CBA has taken a step forward to empower its customers with future-ready skills. We are proud to work with CBA to bring this digital experience to life and to expand the reach of Skill Finder to those who need it,” says Steele.

Commonwealth Bank head of financial wellbeing Ben Grauer says the partnership will help deliver more benefits to both personal and business customers.

“Benefits finder is designed to help our customers access and claim benefits and rebates they’re entitled to and ultimately improve financial wellbeing,” Grauer says. “This new integration with Skill Finder will help customers to also find new learning pathways to build in-demand digital skills that may help prepare them for the next stage in their career.”

“We’ve seen positive results in the first week since launch, with Skill Finder quickly becoming one of the most popular benefits. Over 50% of Benefits finder visitors to Skill Finder have enrolled in a course,” he claims.

Skill Finder was launched during the pandemic to help Australians prepare for an accelerated digital business landscape. The free marketplace, available to every Australian, has expanded to more than 2,000 online courses from over 25 different providers.

To date, more than 245,000 visitors have enrolled in more than 40,000 courses, to help them upskill in areas such as graphic design, coding, cloud computing, and data analysis and management.

In March this year, the Australian Federal Government funded a $2.7 million grant to move Skill Finder into the next phase of production. The grant will support the expansion of courses and categories with more technology companies continuing to contribute micro-courses and resources, as well as to optimise the user experience by adding new features and connecting people to relevant job boards.

For more information about the CommBank app, watch the video below:


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