Google has commenced its certification programme that will train candidates for entry-level jobs in data analytics, project management, user experience (UX) design and so on. To ensure the success of the programme, Google has tied up with over 130 organisations, including Walmart, Accenture and Infosys, who will hire these candidates after completion of the programme. This is an endeavour by Google to help those without formal degrees to acquire tech jobs. Infosys is planning to hire 500 graduates with Google’s career certificates in India.
The initiative could not have been better timed. With organisations increasingly shifting to the digital mode, about 50 per cent of all employees will require reskilling over the next five years. Google will endeavour to make such certification programmes accessible to more job seekers through tie-ups with Linkedln, Glassdoor CareerBuilder and other job sites.
Infosys has already come forward and made a commitment to recruit 25,000 Google-certified locals in the US alone over a period of two years.
There are apparently over a million jobs available in the fields of data analytics, project management and user experience design. Google will also collaborate with workforce development boards and global non-profit organisations to offer one lakh scholarships worldwide.
Google is inviting applications for its apprenticeship programme in its Career Certificate fields, in addition to a few other professional tracks. Hundreds of apprentices will be hired in the next few years to take advantage of the on-the-job training and applied learning facility.