Google Ireland is today launching 1000 Google Career Certificate Scholarships for Dublin job seekers. Minister Simon Harris T.D. launched the programme at St. Andrew’s Resource Centre in Dublin.
The programme is part of Google’s commitment to support Ireland’s economic recovery by offering free tools and training, and is designed to support people in enhancing their skill set to prepare for the jobs of the present and future. The certificates will be distributed through the City of Dublin Education and Training Board in collaboration with St Andrew’s Local Employment Services, and will be recognised by industry experts and employers, including Google.
The courses, designed by Coursera, include IT Support, Data Analyst, Project Manager and UX Designer. The certificates will be helpful to people who are interested in acquiring new digital skills outside of formal educational environments or who might not have access to formal full-time education.
At the announcement today, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris said, "Digital skills are becoming fundamental requirements for the jobs of the future, and we’ve seen how the pandemic has accelerated the need for more people who can work in this area. It’s vital that further education and skills training is available to people through programmes that will support them in expanding their opportunities and securing employment. Google Career Certificates is an excellent way for jobseekers to take up free online skills training so they can explore new opportunities or re-enter the workforce."
Managing Director New Business at Google Ireland, Shane Nolan added, "Technology has been a lifeline during the pandemic; from businesses starting to sell their products online and remote working, to helping us all stay connected. But this has also enhanced a widening skills gap and an upheaval in the jobs market. We hope that by providing access to training in new skills, Google Career Certificates and our partner, the City of Dublin ETB will support many more people in enhancing their career prospects."