| SAN FRANCISCO-Microsoft intends to provide 25 million people by the end of the year the necessary skills to find a job or stay at the page in a world that has accelerated its transition to digital because of the pandemic of Covid-19.
“While the companies re-open, it is clear that the economy of July will not be that of January,” notes Brad Smith, the president of the computer giant, in a preamble to a press release issued Tuesday.
The initiative involves the provision of tools, information and training via the platforms of the group (including LinkedIn and GitHub) and also proposes to obtain certifications attesting to the mastery of Microsoft tools (cloud, Azure, Microsoft 365, etc).
The people who can prove that their employment has been affected by the pandemic, will benefit of substantial discounts.
The compiled data on the professional network LinkedIn are designed to help governments and large organisations in their task to re-create the conditions for a better job market.
They have already helped Microsoft identify 10 occupations in high demand for several years, requiring skills that can be acquired online, as software developer, sales representative, project manager, technician computer, specialist in digital marketing, data analyst, financial analyst, graphic designer…
“According to (our) calculations, global unemployment could reach 250 million people by the year 2020 “, says Brad Smith.
The “Great confinement” has only accelerated an underlying trend, that of automation and the rise of digital technologies and data, such as artificial intelligence or the cloud (remote computing).
Over the next 5 years, the firm of Redmond anticipates the potential creation of 149 million posts related to technologies, of which 98 million in the development of software.
Microsoft account also give 20 million dollars of grants to NGOS in the world ” that will help those who need it most “, of which 5 million is dedicated specifically to associations founded by and for communities of black people or racial.