Two leading companies, LinkedIn and Microsoft India, announced the Skill for Jobs program, which provides access to 350 courses and six new career essential certificates to get six of the highest in-demand jobs in the digital economy.
Both tech companies will provide 50,000 LinkedIn learning scholarships to help people in India to enhance their skills. They will train and certify 10 million people with appropriate skills for in-demand jobs by the end of the year 2025.
The Skill for Jobs program is built on the Global Skills Initiative, which helped about 80 million job applicants access digital skilling resources worldwide. So far, Microsoft has engaged 40 million learners in Asia with the help of LinkedIn, Microsft Learn, and non-profit skilling practices. Out of these 14 million learners, 7.3 million were from India.
LinkedIn and Microsoft used LinkedIn and Burning Glass Institute data to analyze job listings to detect the programs’ six most in-demand jobs. The six jobs are Administrative Professional, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Software Developer, Data Analyst, and System Administrator. The program will offer courses and certifications in seven languages French, English, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese.
National Technology Officer, Microsoft India, Dr. Rohini Shrivathsa, mentioned that bridging the skills gap in today’s digital economy is fundamental to India’s employment challenges and societal progress. Microsoft has constantly been investing in various initiatives to skill India’s youth, bring out the potential of underserved communities and provide opportunities to empower women into the workforce.