Microsoft training program helps grow digital skills

Posted at 1:29 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 19:23:32-04

THE MICROSOFT SKILLS INITIATIVE IS A NEW PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY SKILLS OF 25 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE. — GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- The past several months have changed the economy and the workplace many of us grew accustomed to.

What the next several months look like is still uncertain, but leaders of workforce development expect computers and technology to play an even bigger role in the jobs of tomorrow. To help people gain the skills to succeed in those careers, Microsoft has launched a new Skills Initiative training program that's designed to help 25 million people around the globe.

“We have opened up learning pathways for people that are unemployed, underemployed, or looking to up-skill," Microsoft's Michelle Schuler said.

We talked with Schuler at TitletownTech about the skills program and the opportunities it offers. Schuler said they, along with partners like LinkedIn, have found ten career paths that are in-demand and poised to grow in the future.

“Some of them might be customer service, project manager, data analyst, IT administrator," she said. "They all have digital skills underlying all of them.”

The program allows people to learn skills in those industries for no cost and at their own pace. Then, people can use those skills and the program to help find work in those fields. Locally, Microsoft is working with Bay Area Workforce Development to get people looking at the training.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity, it’s open to everybody," Bay Area Workforce Development's Jim Golembeski said. “We all know the future is going to be more interaction with computers, interaction with technology.”

To learn more or get started in the training, click here.