Google Commits $2M In Digital Skills To Help Underserved Communities Reskill For New Careers In Six Months

Given the current spotlight on employment and job displacements as a result of the pandemic, Google has announced a $2 million commitment to digital skills training aimed at reskilling job seekers for new careers in technology – in under six months. 

As part of a three-year grant, Google is working with NPower Canada to deliver Google Career Certificate programs, along with 5,000 need-based scholarships focusing on young adults in underserved communities. The aim is to give these Canadians the necessary skills to find entry-level, high-paying jobs in high-demand tech sectors – with no previous experience required. Google Career Certificates scholarships will be distributed by NPower Canada, in collaboration with  non-profits like Pathways to EducationToronto Public Library and the YMCA

The initiative not only focuses on providing digital skills training but on making tech jobs more accessible through an Employer Consortium, where some of Canada’s biggest employers – including Google, KPMG, TELUS and Loblaw – are jumping on board to consider Google Career Certificate program graduates for eligible jobs.

Some additional details about Google’s Career Certificate programs can be found in Google’s latest blog post.

Some Key Facts About Google Career Certificates

  • Google Career Certificates were developed by Google employees as part of Grow with Google, a global initiative designed to create economic opportunities.
  • Certificate programs are available in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX Design, IT Support.
  • Outside of NPower Canada’s programming, the certificates are delivered through the online learning platform Coursera and are available in English, with select programs available in French starting in 2022. 
  • Every certificate has been created to equip learners with theoretical and practical knowledge and real-life problem-solving skills to be successful in an entry-level technology job.

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