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Google launches new tools to improve digital skills

Verdict, Global, 1 July 2020 - Google has launched a host of online tools intended to help people and businesses “digitise and grow” through digital skills.

In a statement from Matt Brittin, president of Google EMEA, the company has pledged to support 10 million people and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

According to the Institute for Employment Studies, between 1.5m and 2m jobs could be lost in the UK, as well as those already furloughed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this context, many are looking to digital skills to improve their employability, with research by the Good Things Foundation highlighting that out of the top five skills that furloughed workers are focusing on, three relate to technology.

Google will pay for 100,000 people to take the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, designed to prepare them for a career in IT. Fifty thousand of these places are reserved for people who otherwise face real barriers to learning, such as language, caring responsibilities or financial difficulty.



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