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Microsoft commits to helping 25 million people acquire new digital skills needed for the Covid-19 economy


Global Skilling Event Webcast

Official Microsoft Blog

Around the world, 2020 has emerged as one of the most challenging years in many of our lifetimes. In six months, the world has endured multiple challenges, including a pandemic that has spurred a global economic crisis. As societies reopen, it’s apparent that the economy in July will not be what it was in January. Increasingly, one of the key steps needed to foster a safe and successful economic recovery is expanded access to the digital skills needed to fill new jobs. And one of the keys to a genuinely inclusive recovery are programs to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses, including those with lower incomes, women, and underrepresented minorities.

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Join us: Job Seekers, Nonprofits and Governments 

This initiative will bring together every part of our company, combining existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft.  

Job Seekers

To access newly available tools and resources, job seekers can visit to begin pursuing in-demand technology skills for free across LinkedIn, Microsoft Learn and GitHub.


Microsoft will provide financial grants and technical support to nonprofit organizations to enable our skilling initiative for 5 million unemployed workers who need it most. Learn more


In addition to using data to understand the most in-demand roles, Microsoft will share that data with governments so they can better understand the issues and we’ll use our voice on employment and training public policy issues around the world.

Learn more about:
Microsoft and LinkedIn’s policy response recommendations
Jobs and skills data from LinkedIn’s Economic Graph

Skills & Jobs Analysis

Explore analysis of unemployment crisis and opportunity to create jobs in the digital economy.

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The voices behind Microsoft’s global skilling initiative

Job seekers across the world are turning training from Microsoft and its nonprofit partners into new, fulfilling careers. As the global economy continues to change, digital skills are more important than ever. As these learners show, everyone—no matter their background, age, gender, or ability—can build a better future.

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