Google gives young people job skills

GOOGLE recently announced that it will provide 39,000 Google Career Certificate scholarships to equip Filipino students and job seekers from underserved communities with career skills. It’s about helping them land career opportunities in high-demand sectors like IT.

As part of the Grow with Google initiative, Google Career Certificates offers a suite of flexible online training programs available on Coursera.org. These certificates, created and taught by Google, are designed to provide learners of all backgrounds with digital skills in an estimated time frame of three to six months. The four certificate options provided by Google are IT Support, UX Design, Data Analytics, and Project Management.

“Google is committed to supporting the economic growth of the Philippines through the opportunities created by the country’s growing digital economy,” said Bernadette Nacario, country manager of Google Philippines. “With an unemployment rate of 5.2% and rapidly growing tech job openings, Google hopes to close the digital skills gap and improve the lives of thousands of Filipinos for themselves and their families. by providing free Google Career Certificates.”

Google will work closely with local partners such as the Globe Group and government stakeholders including the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Information and Communications Technology to distribute the scholarships. These distribution partners will nominate qualified recipients and track the progress of fellows.

“As we continue to move towards inclusive growth and job creation, programs such as the Google Career Certificate Scholarships are invaluable to our mission of building globally competitive industries. We commend Google for having launched this initiative that will enable 39,000 students and job seekers to pursue career opportunities in technology and IT,” said Alfredo Pascual, Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

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“The Google Career Certificates program will be essential in fostering capacity building and career advancement opportunities in the information and communications technology sector. We thank Google for launching this high-impact program in the country, which will not only create career paths for thousands of Filipinos but will help the Department champion the economic benefits of a digital Philippines,” said Ivan John Enrile Uy, Secretary of the Department of Information Technology and communications.

Google Career Certificates are available to anyone aged 18 and over and do not require a degree or previous experience. By providing certificate scholarships, Google will create learning and economic opportunities for people in underserved communities, including low-income and vocational students and college dropouts, among others.


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