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On June 30, Microsoft has launched a global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. This initiative will bring together every part of their company, combining existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft. It will be grounded in three areas of activity:
(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.
At its heart, this is a comprehensive technology initiative that will build on data and digital technology. It starts with data on jobs and skills from the LinkedIn Economic Graph. It provides free access to content in LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn, and the GitHub Learning Lab, and couples these with Microsoft Certifications and LinkedIn job seeking tools. In addition, Microsoft is backing the effort with million in cash grants to help nonprofit organizations worldwide assist the people who need it most. One-quarter of this total, or million, will be provided in cash grants to community-based nonprofit organizations that are led by and serve communities of color in the United States.
Their vision for skills extends beyond these immediate steps for job seekers. Employees will also need to skill and reskill through their careers, and they want to make it easier for employers to help. Their vision is a connected "system of learning" that helps empower everyone to pursue lifelong learning. That is why they are also announcing today that Microsoft is developing a new learning app in Microsoft Teams to help employers upskill new and existing employees. This will bring together best in class content from LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn, third-party training providers, and a company's own learning content and make it all available in a place where employees can easily learn in the flow of their work.
They are also pledging that they will make stronger data and analytics available to governments around the world so they can better assess local economic needs. Finally, they will use their voice to advocate for public policy innovations that they believe will advance the skilling opportunities people will need in the changed economy.
While this represents the largest skills initiative in Microsoft's history, they recognize that no company can come close to closing the skills gap alone. Sustained progress will require a renewed partnership between stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and they're committed to supporting this. Following is a complete description of their thinking and plans.
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