With more businesses embracing digital ways of working due to the pandemic, WEF estimated that 50 percent of all employees will need reskilling by 2025. In an effort to help millions keep their skills updated in the new normal, Google recently opened enrolments for its latest Google Career Certificates, in the fields of Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience (UX) Design.
More than career certificates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained in a blog post that the company is also expanding employer consortium and introducing new tools to improve the job search. The IT giant is also providing 100,000 scholarships to be distributed through nonprofits, workforce development boards, and other community organizations such as Per Scholas, NPower and Goodwill.
Eligible individuals globally have the opportunity to take 100,000 scholarships for Career Certificates, including those in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In India, Google is working to make certificates more accessible and launch an employer consortium. Meanwhile, U.S job seekers can get free training in cloud computing, big data, and machine learning.
Since launching Grow with Google in 2017, the company claimed to have helped 6 million Americans get training in digital skills and nearly 170,000 Americans get a new job and increase their income. “82% of graduates overall say the program helped them advance their career within six months, including getting a raise, finding a new job, or starting a new business,” wrote Pichai.
Google is also making job search easier by adding a new job carousel highlighting relevant opportunities near users and are also working with job sites, such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, Snagajob and CareerBuilder, and other US employers to make education and experience requirements clearer on job postings. These updates are specific to the US for the moment.