Microsoft has announced the launch of a global skilling program in Kenya with the goal of increasing access to fundamental and digital skills.
The Skills for Jobs Learning Pathways initiative has been introduced locally as a step toward the success of Microsoft’s Global Skills Initiative, which was introduced in June 2020 and has since given over 80 million individuals worldwide digital skills.
The global skills program has reportedly helped 189,000 people in Kenya, with 4,471 Kenyans completing the Learning Paths as a result of the initiative.
The Microsoft Skills for Jobs Learning Pathways initiative enables job searchers around the world access to the opportunities, skills, and technology they need to prosper in a changing economy, with a focus on ensuring that economic opportunity is inclusive.
People who have been excluded from the digital economy may now access in-demand foundational, role-based, and technical skills, certifications, connections to employers, and opportunities thanks to the Microsoft Skills for Employment Pathways.
As part of the new initiative, Microsoft and LinkedIn will provide six Career Essentials Certificates for six of the most in-demand jobs, as well as free access to 350 new courses and straightforward learning routes.
The training, which will be provided in eight different languages, including English, French, and Arabic, will assist job seekers in showcasing their skills to businesses and landing positions.
Foundational capacities will be built using three new learning paths: digital literacy and productivity, soft skills, and entrepreneurship. For students who want to advance beyond Foundational Skills, there are six career credentials available.
The courses bring together the expertise of subject-matter experts, familiarity with Microsoft products, and a purposeful design of starter courses. To access all the courses on LinkedIn, go to opportunity.linkedin.com.
Additionally, through Microsoft Community Training, partners can get courses created by Microsoft for use on different Learning Management Systems (LMS) (MCT).
Along with 200 nonprofit organizations throughout the world, governments, multilateral organizations, foundations, and other corporate partners, Microsoft also collaborates with them. By the year 2025, Microsoft is predicted to help certify and teach 10 million people in new skills.