Microsoft Corporation will provide free online classes and job-hunting means to about 25 million people by the end of the year as the global economy reels from the coronavirus pandemic.
The training announced on July 1, is available to workers around the world, and is designed to train digital skills in accelerating economic recovery, especially for individuals hardest hit by the pandemic.
The tech company in a statement said the program will target up to 10 occupations, including help-desk technician, digital marketer and data analyst. Microsoft, in concert with data from its LinkedIn business, chose the 10 jobs owing to the growing demand for such occupations which also offer good pay.
Microsoft will also offer $20 million in cash grants to enhance non-profit organizations worldwide assist the people who need it most.
Part of the amount, $5 million, will be provided in cash grants to community-based non-profit organizations that are led by and serve communities of color in the United States.
The company is also pledging to make stronger data and analytics — including data from the LinkedIn Economic Graph — available to governments around the world so they can better assess local economic needs.
“COVID-19 has created both a public health and an economic crisis, and as the world recovers, we need to ensure no one is left behind,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.