Prepare to Get Back to Work with Free Online Courses

Hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you plan to return to your former employer or not, being laid off is extremely stressful, especially when the usual education, training, and job search options are not available to you due to closures.

The Governor’s Workforce Council, the Connecticut Department of Labor, and Connecticut’s five regional workforce development boards are launching the statewide SkillUp CT initiative to help recently laid-off Connecticut residents take charge of their futures and prepare to get back to work. Designed with input from Connecticut employers, SkillUp CT can help workers who plan to return to their former employer as well as those who are looking to change careers by offering free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality online training courses for 180 days. Click here for a 1-minute video overview of SkillUp CT.

SkillUp CT will enable recently laid-off workers to demonstrate the kind of initiative employers are looking for by upgrading their skills even while most bricks-and-mortar education and training providers remain closed. Through SkillUp CT, the Metrix online learning platform provides unlimited access to more than 5,000 Skillsoft courses used by many Fortune 500 companies. Courses (presented in English and Spanish) include:

  • Customer Service; Quick Books
  • Microsoft Office; Adobe
  • Analytical Skills; Data Management/Reporting
  • Time Management; Leadership Skills
  • Health & Safety; First Aid
  • And many more skill tracks


Governor Lamont says that SkillUp CT “gives hard-working Connecticut residents an important training opportunity that fits perfectly with my “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive by allowing them to be ready when we get back to work.” To review the course catalog and to get your free online learning license, visit SkillUp CT today.

Thank you and good luck!

The SkillUp CT Team

Andrew Condon, DOL  <andrew.condon@CT.GOV>
May 11, 2020


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