Google grants USD 250 000 to Riga TechGirls

Feb 10

Google, the philanthropic arm of Google, has awarded Riga TechGirls a grant of  USD 250 000 to boost digital skills. With this funding, Riga TechGirls will help 11,000 women to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to work in the fast-growing technology sector.

With the support of Google, the Riga TechGirls Get to Know Technology curriculum will be fully available online, making it more accessible. Participants will learn skills in areas such as user experience design, digital marketing, e-commerce, analytics, cybersecurity, etc., contributing to the competitiveness of Latvian women in the labor market. In collaboration with partners, Riga TechGirls will also offer a mentoring program to help women gain the practical experience that potential employers expect. The program will be available online, making it more accessible to women leaders and employees of non-profit organizations not only in Latvia but across Europe.

Liza Belozerova, Senior Manager at Google, highlights that Riga TechGirls impacts the lives of many people in Latvia by helping to tackle gender inequality and provide women and underrepresented communities with equal job opportunities in key sectors of the economy. Google was one of the first corporate philanthropists to support Riga TechGirls.

This grant will help Riga TechGirls to expand beyond Latvia by opening its online program to women working in NGOs from other European countries.

Google also supports the State Employment Agency by providing free training to the unemployed and job seekers. It also runs the Grow with Google program together with the Ministry of Economics and the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. Find out more about the current training HERE

Source: Labs of Latvia

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