Microsoft has announced the commencement of its global skills initiative in Kenya to provide access to digital and fundamental skills.
The Skills for Jobs Learning Pathways program was developed locally in response to the success of Microsoft’s Global Skills Initiative, which was started in June 2020 and has since provided digital skills to over 80 million individuals worldwide.
“Digital transformation has accelerated across all industries, resulting in the creation of new tech and tech-enabled jobs and driving economic growth. However, Microsoft has discovered that skills alone are insufficient for people to obtain the jobs they desire, particularly in the most in-demand positions,” said Phyllis Migwi, the Microsoft Kenya Country Manager.
The Microsoft Skills for Jobs Pathways offer in-demand essential, role-based, and technical skills, certifications, and connections to jobs and opportunities to people who have been left out of the digital economy.
Microsoft and LinkedIn will offer six Career Essentials Certificates for six of the most in-demand jobs as part of the new effort, along with free access to 350 new courses and simple learning pathways.
The training will be available in eight languages, including English, French, and Arabic, to assist job seekers in showcasing their skills to companies and securing employment.
Microsoft also works with 200 nonprofits worldwide, as well as with governments, multilateral bodies, foundations, and other business associates. Microsoft is anticipated to assist with certifying and training 10 million individuals with new skills by the year 2025.
“Microsoft is helping learners prepare for tech and tech-enabled roles with new learning paths and certificates for some of the most in-demand roles in the digital economy including Administrative Professional, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Systems Administrator, Software Developer, and Data Analyst,” explains Phylis Migwi.
“To ensure a better fit for learners, the company has invested not only in unlocking content but also in developing content for each of the career essential certificate paths.”
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