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Microsoft launches initiative to help people to acquire digital skills

Microsoft, Tech News

Various peoples’ livelihood and jobs are impacted by the pandemic Coronavirus. To help those people and acquire new skills, Microsoft launched a new initiative. The new initiative will use resources from the Linkedin and GitHub.

The whole initiative is categorised into three parts:

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 develop new skills for jobs
3.) Low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people who develop these skills pursue new jobs.

Using AI, Microsoft identified 10 jobs that have the greatest number of openings and need skills that will learn online.

1.) Become a Software Developer
2.) Become a Sales Representative
3.) Become a Project Manager
4.) Become an IT administrator (Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification)
5.) Become a Customer Service Specialist
6.) Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
7.) Become IT Support / Help Desk (Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification)
8.) Become a Data Analyst
9.) Become a Financial Analyst
10.) Become a Graphic Designer

Acquire Skills through certifications

Microsoft will offer access to low-cost certifications based on the exams. The courses are available at the discounted price of $15 for the people whose employment is impacted by the COVID-19. It is a massive discount since generally, these certifications are available at more than $100. All participants can take the exam between September 2020 to March 2021. The exams will be available in seven languages – English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese (simplified), and Korean.

Below are the certifications that Microsoft will offer to job seekers:

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Developer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate

A new learning app in Microsoft Teams

The app will be focussed to help job seekers. The learning app within Microsoft Teams will help employers to integrate content from LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn, a customer’s own content, and other content providers into one place. The app will give the right to the manager to track their employees’ progress and assign new courses and skills to the new employees.

Free access to learning path

Microsoft will make a Linkedin learning path free of charge by the end of March 2021. Each learning path will include videos that will help job seekers to acquire new skills. It will be available in English, French, Spanish, and German.

In addition, Microsoft will also give access to GitHub learning Lab to the job seekers who looking for developer roles. “GitHub Learning Lab is a bot-based learning tool that uses repositories to teach technology, coding, Git, and GitHub via real-life, demo-based modules.”

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