The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new partnership with Google to deliver 9,000 UK jobseekers with scholarships towards digital skills training from the internet giant.
The scholarship will allow jobseekers to work towards a Google Career Certificate to grow their skills in technology and IT, with Universal Credit claimants being referred to the scheme by DWP Work Coaches. Courses require no relevant experience and are recognised widely by industry employers.
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:
Helping jobseekers to build the confidence and skills they need to take up new opportunities is vital for the next stage in our recovery from the pandemic. Our Plan for Jobs puts skills at the heart of that and crucially Google’s Career Certificates will help people showcase their digital skills and build our workforce of tomorrow.”
Ronan Harris, Google UK and Ireland’s Managing Director, said:
Technology must help everyone, no matter their location, race, age or education level. We must harness the opportunity to upskill people across the country for the jobs of the not so distant future.
“We hope that with these new efforts and the support of our public sector partners, even more people can develop the skills to thrive and continue growing their careers through technology.”
Work Coaches will be able to combine these scholarships with additional tailored support on offer through the government’s multi-billion-pound Plan for Jobs, aimed at protecting, supporting and creating jobs for people of all ages across the country.