Tech giant opens digital skills academy

by L&D15 Jun 2017
Google has announced that it is opening an academy to boost the digital skills of everyone from school children to CEOs.

The academy, based in Victoria, London, is being supported by the UK Government, which shares the goal of increasing digital literacy and addressing a growing skills shortage in the area.

It is expected that the development will create up to 3,000 new jobs by 2020.
 
Google UK managing director, Ronan Harris, said that when the tech community works in partnership with government and “passionate communities supporting start-ups and scale ups”, new jobs have been created.
 
During its opening week, the Google Academy will offer a ‘Get Started in Tech’ course, run by the Prince’s Trust, offering training to participants on how to use video and technology to create a ‘brand story’.
 
The Academy will also host a two-day Leaders In Tech Summit, bringing together policy makers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders.
 
Meanwhile, Google is providing 5 hours of free digital training from pop-up training centres known as 'Digital Garages' that are located in 100 towns and cities across the UK.
 
The centres offer face-to-face training in digital skills such as using email, searching online and making the most of social media. Free online courses are also available.
 
According to Matt Brittin, Google’s President Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 80% of UK businesses believe that could grow faster with improved digital skills.
 
Brittin said the free training will be for “anyone who wants to get the most out of the digital world – whether you're an individual who is curious or a business that wants to grow.”

"We need to connect with those people who feel marginalised by the way the world is moving."
Around the world, there is growing acceptance that digital literacy is a cornerstone of training in the 21st century workplace.

Research from HR and recruitment specialists Randstad found that more than half (55%) of Australian workers don’t think that they have the digital skills to guarantee future employability.

A further two-thirds (67%) believe that digitisation of the workforce requires different skill sets to those available at their current employer.


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