Google Career Certificates to help Africans learn new skills for digital jobs
Africa’s growing technology ecosystem offers opportunities to create digital solutions that make traditional ways of working more productive while enabling the creation of new income streams and job opportunities. However, employers across the continent state that many job seekers do not possess the requisite digital skills, limiting employability prospects and business growth. The COVID-19 pandemic has also driven home the importance of digital tools and skills. In its wake, the most successful businesses were those whose operating model and employees could easily navigate the crisis and transition to digital service delivery.
As a company, they are committed to being helpful contributors to Africa’s growth. We aim to equip people with the right skills, tools and products to navigate the digital world and to make it work for them. We are committed to helping job seekers gain relevant skills and advance their careers. In 2017, they are committed to preparing 10 million people for jobs of the future over five years. So far, we have trained +5M people in Digital Skills through our Grow with Google programs. With lockdowns and jobs at risk because of COVID-19, we saw year-on-year demand for our training increase by 185%.
Today, they are announcing three new Google Career Certificates available online on Coursera, which enable people to become job-ready for growing career areas such as IT Support, Project Management, UX Design and Data Analytics. These low-cost programs help people who want to learn online at their own pace, or who may want to change careers and don't have the time or means to access traditional education. They can be completed in under six months and do not require relevant experience or a degree.
The Google Career Certificates Scholarship is an initiative entirely developed by Google but bring no revenue or profit for Google. They are designed to help people prepare for jobs at any company or sector. Google will be distributing 5,500 scholarships in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa this year.
To be eligible for the Google Career Certificates Scholarships, applicants must:
Be ready to commit hours to online learning in order to be awarded the Google Career Certificate.
Demonstrate the willingness to create digital solutions that make traditional ways of working more productive, while enabling the creation of new income streams and opportunities.
Be passionate about improving their digital skills.
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