In light of the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft Corp. announced a new global skills initiative aimed to bring digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year.

This is a comprehensive technology initiative that builds on data and digital technology. Expanding access to digital skills is a crucial step in fast-tracking economic recovery, especially for the people who had it the roughest due to job losses.

Detailed on the Official Microsoft Blog, the initiative includes essential steps in helping those willing to reskill and pursue an in-demand job that combines existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft:

  • The use of data to identify in-demand jobs and the skills needed to fill them.
  • Free access to learning paths and content to help people develop the skills these
    positions require.
  • Low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people who develop these
    skills pursue new jobs.

Furthermore, Microsoft’s initiative is also supported by $20 million in cash grants for nonprofit organizations across the globe that are assisting the people who need it most. The company is also pledging to create secure data and analytics, which includes data from the LinkedIn Economic Graph available to governments worldwide to assess local economic needs better.

This initiative and effort are all due to using its voice to advocate for public policy innovations that will advance opportunities needed in the changing economy.

“COVID-19 has created both public health and an economic crisis, and as the world recovers, we need to ensure no one is left behind,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

For more information, please visit Microsoft microsite.

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