Google commits to delivering digital skills to 2m people across Europe

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25 February 2016 | 0

Google has announced plans to train 2 million people across Europe in digital skills – a doubling of its initial outreach target from last year.

The search giant’s programme includes sessions working with content creators, start-ups, SMEs, trade organisations, NGOs, teachers and young people to enhance their digital skills.

Over the past year Google’s outreach activities have included monthly business breakfasts for SMEs; sectoral training programmes for businesses in the retail, food and tourism sectors; the development and funding of post-graduate and certificate programmes in computer skills from Trinity College Dublin for teachers; the nationwide Call to Code competition for students; and the delivery of digital Skills seminars during National Digital Week are just some of the initiatives undertaken by Google in Ireland during the past year.

“We want all Europeans, regardless of age, background or location to be able to start a new business, grow their existing one, or share their passion online. In Ireland there is a great thirst for knowledge and people at all levels of society are enthusiastic to learn and improve their digital skills,” said Ronan Harris, head of Google in Ireland. “Our first progamme in 2011 focused on getting Irish businesses online and since then we’ve expanded our initiatives to include young people, educators, NGOs and others.

“These initiatives have grown year on year – last year about 14,000 people participated in Google-led programmes in Ireland and will receive added impetus in the coming year from our commitment to double the digital skills training we are providing across Europe.”

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