Microsoft makes major commitment to skills training for 25Mn people across the globe

Microsoft makes major commitment to skills training for 25Mn people across the globe

With data-driven insights, specific skills training and industry-renowned qualifications offered free or at reduced rates, the learning system will provide tangible enhancements to job-seekers' portfolios and connect them with relevant job openings, enabling people to get back to work as rapidly and as well-equipped as possible. In a landmark announcement yesterday, Microsoft outlined their new global learning initiative, an extensive, worldwide campaign that will pool resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft softwares and leverage data and tech to create a truly comprehensive, learning-led movement. Aiming to reach 25 million people globally by the end of 2020, the initiative stands to have an unprecedented impact on the labour market and economy at large. With data-driven insights, specific skills training and industry-renowned qualifications offered free or at reduced rates, the learning system will provide tangible enhancements to job-seekers' portfolios and connect them with relevant job openings, enabling people to get back to work as rapidly and as well-equipped as possible. In their press release, the company outlined their vision for the system as follows: “(1) The use of data to identify in-demand jobs and the skills needed to fill them; (2) Free access to learning paths and content to help people develop the skills these positions require; (3) Low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people who develop these skills pursue new jobs.” In an interview on Sunday, billionaire sports entrepreneur Mark Cuban said that the one question leaders are going to be asking after the crisis is “what skills did you add during the pandemic ...
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