In the fast-paced digital age, the importance of continuous learning and upskilling cannot be overstated. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, individuals who possess the right skills have a significant advantage in the job market.
Recognizing this, Google, one of the tech giants that have shaped the digital landscape, has stepped up to empower learners worldwide. With a commitment to democratizing education, Google has embarked on a mission to offer free online courses, certificates, and scholarships.
Along with numerous other IT courses concentrating on data analytics and cybersecurity, Google is giving free courses on artificial intelligence (AI).
The rise of online education has transformed the way we acquire knowledge and skills. It has broken down geographical barriers and made learning accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
Google Philippines Public Policy & Government Relations Head Yves Gonzalez stated that the corporation is taking this action to aid Filipinos in being ready for occupations of the future.
Google, a company known for innovation, has harnessed the power of online learning to reach a global audience. Through its initiative, Google is democratizing education by providing free access to a wide range of courses and certificates.
One of the cornerstones of Google’s initiative is its offering of free online courses. The courses cover a broad range of topics including the distinction between generative AI and other types of AI, responsible AI, machine learning, and much more.
Following this, students can enroll in additional machine learning and data science courses. The courses are designed to cater to learners of all levels, whether you’re a beginner looking to acquire new skills or an experienced professional seeking to stay updated in your field.
After collaborating with think tank Economist Impact on a survey on the skills workers wanted to learn to advance in their careers, Google introduced free AI courses. According to the survey, 42 percent of Filipino workers desire to gain AI and machine learning capabilities, which is higher than the 33 percent average for the Asia-Pacific area.
According to the survey, 68% of Filipino employees desire to develop self-management, or the capacity to handle stress, manage time, and pick up new skills rapidly. Filipino workers are interested in gaining digital skills, such as cybersecurity and information technology (IT) assistance, after self-management.
Under its Google Career Certificates program, Google is introducing three new courses in this regard: business intelligence, advanced data analytics, and cybersecurity. This is in addition to the six courses they already provide in project management, UI/UX design, IT automation, data analytics, and e-commerce.
Gonzalez mentioned that Google is providing an additional 1,000 certificate scholarships this year. According to Google, 39,000 career certificate scholarships were awarded in 2022 to help increase Filipinos’ employability.
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These certificates are developed in collaboration with industry experts and are recognized by leading companies, making them a valuable addition to one’s resume.
In collaboration with government organizations like the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), according to Gonzalez, they offer scholarships. However, he continued, the courses are also offered on the learning management system Coursera for a nominal cost.
More than 6,000 people in the Philippines have graduated from Google’s certificate programs, with about 80% of them reporting a boost in their professional lives.
WHERE TO ACCESS THE COURSES?
Gonzalez said these courses can be taken at LINK.
Implications for Learners:
The availability of free online courses and professional certificates through Google’s initiative has far-reaching implications for learners. Firstly, it levels the playing field by providing access to high-quality education for individuals who may not have the means to pay for traditional courses. This democratization of education can help bridge socioeconomic gaps and create opportunities for those who aspire to better themselves.
Secondly, Google’s certificates are aligned with the needs of the job market. They provide learners with practical, job-ready skills that are in high demand across various industries. This not only increases the employability of individuals but also addresses the growing skills gap in the job market.
Lastly, the financial assistance offered by Google through scholarships ensures that economic barriers do not hinder the pursuit of education. This commitment to affordability reflects Google’s dedication to making a positive impact on society by empowering individuals to realize their potential.
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Google’s initiative to offer free online courses, certificates, and scholarships is a game-changer in the world of education. It demonstrates the company’s commitment to democratizing education and empowering learners of all backgrounds to acquire valuable skills.
As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the skills acquired through Google’s programs will become increasingly essential for personal and professional growth. With this initiative, Google is not only investing in individuals but also in the future of a more skilled and technologically adept global workforce. So, eyes here, everyone! Google’s offerings are an opportunity not to be missed.
Source: ABS-CBN News
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