Over 60,000 Bangladeshis received skill-building training online from Microsoft during the COVID-19 pandemic, the The American technology giant said on Thursday.
In a press release, the Washington-based company said that it helped over 30 million people from 249 countries and territories gain access, up from its initial goal of 25 million people.
Microsoft Corp. is also extending its commitment to help 250,000 companies globally make a skills-based chartering in 2021, the release said.
From laid-off factory workers to retail associates and truck drivers, millions of people have turned to online learning courses from GitHub, LinkedIn, and Microsoft during the pandemic to help prepare for and secure the most in-demand roles, including customer service projects management and data analysis, it mentioned.
The announcement, detailed on the Official Microsoft Blog, builds on the company’s efforts to help people by extending through 2021 free LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Learn courses and low-cost certifications that align to 10 of the most in-demand jobs, according to the release.
“The Pandemic has changed everything, and the post-pandemic world will be a lot different than what we knew of it. Moreover, we are standing on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which will fundamentally bring alchemical change and significantly impact all industries, including the job market,” Afif Mohamed Ali, Country Managing Director, Microsoft Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, and Nepal, said.
LinkedIn has planned to help 250,000 companies globally make skills-based hires this year through new and existing hiring products, he said.
The company will provide both new ways for job seekers to demonstrate their skills and new tools for employers to connect to candidates based on their skill proficiencies including, LinkedIn Skills Path, LinkedIn profile features, and LinkedIn Skills Graph, he added.