LinkedIn and Microsoft have announced the next step in the Skills for Jobs program. Under the program, free access to 350 courses and six new Career Essentials Certificates will be offered for six of the most in-demand jobs in the digital economy. LinkedIn and Microsoft will also offer 50,000 LinkedIn Learning scholarships to help people get ahead in their skilling journey.
It is expected that Microsoft will help train and certify 10 million people with skills for in-demand jobs by 2025. Microsoft has engaged 14 million learners in Asia via LinkedIn to date and the top six LinkedIn Learning Pathways in India were: Critical Soft Skills, Software Developer, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst, Project Manager, and Customer Service Specialist. The new courses and certificates will be offered in seven languages, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India said, “Bridging the skills gaps in today’s digital economy is foundational to India’s employment challenges and building towards inclusive economic and societal progress in India. Microsoft has been invested in various initiatives to skill India’s youth, tapping into the potential of underserved communities and the opportunity to bring more women into the workforce. With our new commitment to help equip another 10 million globally with highly relevant skilling support, we want to continue making tech skills accessible to all, opening up employment opportunities for people to succeed and embrace innovation. We are privileged to be collaborating with LinkedIn and our partners in our local communities, to empower every person in India to be part of a growing digital ecosystem and to achieve more, together.”
All courses are available on LinkedIn at opportunity.linkedin.com. Furthermore, courses developed by Microsoft can be accessed on Microsoft Community Training (MCT) and in downloadable format for use on other Learning Management Systems (LMS) for nonprofit partners.