Microsoft to introduce new global skills initiative aimed at helping 25 million people

US tech giant Microsoft to launch a new global skills initiative aimed at assisting 25 million people in acquiring digital skill set in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Microsoft, the initiative will combine existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft itself and will focus on three primary objectives regarding skill development, namely;

  • 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.

As per the details, the company itself is backing the initiative with a financial grand of US$ 20 million which will be used to assist and facilitate NGOs around the world to further extend and implement the initiative.

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

“Today, we’re bringing together resources from Microsoft inclusive of LinkedIn and GitHub to reimagine how people learn and apply new skills — and help 25 million people facing unemployment due to COVID-19 prepare for the jobs of the future,” he added.

In addition to it, the company has also announced to a new learning app designed to help companies to further polish the skill set of their new and current employees.